A.J. Brown

Tennessee Titans
Wide Receiver #1
Tennessee Titans
Wide Receiver #1
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A.J. Brown News

Ready for training camp

Brown (knee) will be a "full go" for the start of training camp next week, Paul Kuharsky of PaulKuharsky.com reports.

Analysis: The 24-year-old underwent surgery on both knees in January and didn't participate in OTAs or June minicamp, but he'll be good to go for the start of training camp. Brown caught 70 of 106 targets for 1,075 yards and 11 touchdowns in 14 games in 2020 while playing through the knee injuries for most of the season, and he could receive a bit less defensive attention this year thanks to the offseason addition of Julio Jones.

Jul 23, 2021 8:53 AM EST


Closing in on return

Brown (knee) didn't participate in OTAs or June minicamp, but he said it won't be long before he's back on the practice field, Jim Wyatt of the Titans' official site reports.

Analysis: Brown had surgery on both knees in January and has thus far mostly been limited to rehab work and cardio. It sounds like he could be ready for training camp, where he'll team up with Ryan Tannehill, Derrick Henry and recent addition Julio Jones in a star-studded Tennessee offense. With WR Corey Davis and TE Jonnu Smith both departing this offseason, the Titans presumably expect Brown and Jones to handle a huge share of the targets and receiving production.

Jun 29, 2021 1:17 PM EST



Ready for softer matchups

Brown will receive less attention from opposing defenses after the the Titans acquired Julio Jones, Turron Davenport of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: The Titans had seen a number of pass-catchers leave via free agency this offseason, the most notable of which was Corey Davis. Without any proven replacements, Brown was set to see massive volume, but he would also have been the singular focus of opposing defenses. With Jones now in the mix, Brown may see his projected volume decrease, though he should also have more room to operate by avoiding double teams and potentially be matched up against the opposition's second cornerback rather than first.

Jun 7, 2021 8:41 PM EST


Underwent surgery on both knees

Brown revealed on social media Tuesday that he underwent surgery on both of his knees, Terry McCormick of TitanInsider.com reports.

Analysis: Brown explained the severity of his injuries by revealing that the Titans' medical staff suggested he should be shut down for the year in Week 2. Nevertheless, the second-year receiver battled through the pair of injuries and piled up 70 receptions (106 targets) for 1,075 yards and 11 touchdowns, receiving Pro Bowl honors in the process. It's unclear whether Brown will miss any of the offseason program or training camp.

Jan 19, 2021 3:57 PM EST


Underwent surgery on both knees

Brown revealed on social media Tuesday that he underwent surgery on both of his knees, Terry McCormick of TitanInsider.com reports.

Analysis: Brown explained the severity of his injuries by revealing that the Titans' medical staff suggested he should be shut down for the year in Week 2. Nevertheless, the second-year receiver battled through the pair of injuries and piled up 70 receptions (106 targets) for 1,075 yards and 11 touchdowns, receiving Pro Bowl honors in the process. It's unclear whether Brown will miss any of the offseason program or training camp.

Jan 19, 2021 3:52 PM EST



Solid line in loss

Brown recorded six receptions on 10 targets for 83 yards and a touchdown in the team's wild card loss to the Ravens.

Analysis: Brown was one of the few bright spots for the Titans' offense, as he converted their only touchdown of the contest on a 10-yard reception. He also chipped in explosive plays that came from both deep passes and yards after the catch, recording gains of 29, 18 and 14 yards. Brown solidified himself as one of the better young receivers in the league in 2020 and should be prepared to take another step forward during the 2021 campaign -- particularly if Corey Davis signs elsewhere.

Jan 10, 2021 2:04 PM EST


Set to suit up Sunday

Brown (knee/hand) doesn't have a designation for Sunday's wild-card game versus the Ravens, Jim Wyatt of the Titans' official site reports.

Analysis: Brown's only on-field work this week occurred at Wednesday's walk-through, leading to a limited listing on the injury report. The Titans held him out of drills entirely Thursday and Friday, after which the wide receiver told Terry McCormick of TitanInsider.com that he didn't "get as many reps" as he would have liked, but he instead turned to "film study" in order "to make the most of my opportunities." Despite the lack of reps, Brown is set to take on his typical role in the offense, which equated to 70 catches (on 106 targets) for 1,075 yards and 11 touchdowns in 14 appearances this season.

Jan 8, 2021 1:19 PM EST


Not spotted at practice

Brown (knee/hand) wasn't present at the portion of Friday's practice open to the media, Turron Davenport of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: If Brown goes down as a non-participant Friday, it'll mark back-to-back absences after being listed as limited on Wednesday's estimated practice report. Knee and hand issues are to blame, with the former likely resulting from his brief first-quarter departure in the regular-season finale. The Titans will reveal Brown's potential availability for Sunday's wild-card matchup with the Ravens later Friday.

Jan 8, 2021 11:07 AM EST


Sits out practice Thursday

Brown (knee/hand) didn't practice Thursday, Jim Wyatt of the Titans' official site reports.

Analysis: Brown was limited Wednesday, but his practice reps have been managed for quite some time now, so his downgrade in participation Thursday isn't necessarily a red flag. With that in mind, it wouldn't surprise us to see the wideout approach Sunday's playoff game against the Ravens minus an injury designation upon the posting of Friday's final injury report.

Jan 7, 2021 1:25 PM EST


Listed as limited on practice estimate

Brown (knee/hand) was listed as limited on Wednesday's practice estimate, Turron Davenport of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: Brown had been managing an ankle issue down the stretch, but he logged 64 of a possible 71 snaps on offense in the Titans' Week 17 41-38 win over the Texans, en route to catching a season-high 10 passes (on 11 targets) for 151 yards and a TD. His listed limitations Wednesday suggest that the wideout is a little banged up following that contest, but there's nothing to suggest that Brown's status for Sunday's playoff opener against the Ravens is in any doubt.

Jan 6, 2021 1:16 PM EST


Huge numbers in division clincher

Brown caught 10 of 11 targets for 151 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 41-38 win over the Texans.

Analysis: The Titans got a scare on their opening drive when Brown appeared to injure his knee, but he quickly returned to action and wound up leading the team in catches and receiving yards. Brown's last grab of the day was arguably his most important -- after Houston had tied the game with only 18 seconds remaining, Ryan Tannehill found his favorite option on a 52-yard strike to set Tennessee up for the winning, and AFC South-clinching, field goal. Brown will now get ready for a clash with the Ravens next Sunday in the wild-card round.

Jan 3, 2021 7:14 PM EST


Returns to full practice

Brown (ankle) practiced fully Thursday, John Glennon of BroadwaySportsMedia.com reports.

Analysis: Brown is thus good to go for Sunday's regular-season finale against the Texans and in line to remain a key component of the Titans' Week 17 passing attack. Through 13 games to date, Brown has been a reliable fantasy contributor, having logged 60 catches (on 95 targets) for 924 yards and 10 TDs.

Dec 31, 2020 2:11 PM EST


Sits out practice

Brown (ankle) didn't practice Wednesday, Jim Wyatt of the Titans' official site reports.

Analysis: Brown has been managing an ankle issue, so we expect that his absence from practice Wednesday is in keeping with the team's strategy of managing the wideout's reps so that he's available come game day. If recent weeks are an indication, Brown should return to a full practice no later than Friday.

Dec 30, 2020 1:25 PM EST


Held down in inclement weather

Brown (ankle) had four receptions (eight targets) for 43 yards in Sunday's 40-14 loss to the Packers.

Analysis: The Titans' aerial attack stuttered in the snowy conditions at Lambeau Field, resulting in just 121 total passing yards. Brown also had to deal with a tough matchup against Jaire Alexander for most of the contest, and the cold weather probably didn't help the ankle injury he had been battling recently. The stars just weren't aligned for the breakout receiver to have one of his usual strong fantasy performances. Brown will be in prime position to have a bounce-back performance next week when the Titans take on the Texans in a dome. The 23-year-old hit pay dirt twice against Houston when the two clubs met back in Week 6.

Dec 27, 2020 11:03 PM EST


Good to go this week

Brown (ankle) doesn't carry a Week 16 injury designation after being listed as a full practice participant Friday, Turron Davenport of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: Though Brown continues to manage an ankle issue, he'll be out there Sunday night against the Packers and should be able to handle his normal allotment of snaps. He's been a reliable fantasy contributor when available this season and heads into Week 16 action having scored TDs in four of his last five games.

Dec 25, 2020 1:55 PM EST


Returning to practice

Brown (ankle) will return to practice Friday, Jim Wyatt of the Titans' official site reports.

Analysis: This would seem to confirm that Brown's absence from practice Thursday was a matter of routine rep management. Friday's final injury report may go one step further and officially clear the wideout for Sunday night's game against the Packers.

Dec 25, 2020 11:14 AM EST


Sits out practice Thursday

Brown (ankle) wasn't spotted at practice Thursday after being limited during Wednesday's session, Jim Wyatt of the Titans' official site reports.

Analysis: Given Brown's recent practice trends since he's been managing an ankle issue, his Thursday downgrade to DNP isn't really alarming. Look for the wideout to return to the field Friday and then quite likely approach Sunday night's game against the Packers minus an injury designation.

Dec 24, 2020 12:48 PM EST


Gets some work in Wednesday

Brown (ankle) was listed as limited at Wednesday's practice, Jim Wyatt of the Titans' official site reports.

Analysis: Though Brown wasn't spotted during the open portion of the practice, he was evidently able to get some work in afterward. As he continues to manage an ankle issue, it's possible that the wideout will be rested Thursday, but we'd expect Brown to cleared to play before Sunday's game against the Packers rolls around.

Dec 23, 2020 1:24 PM EST


Not practicing Wednesday

Brown (undisclosed) wasn't spotted at practice Wednesday, Jim Wyatt of the Titans' official site reports.

Analysis: Brown has been managing an ankle issue, so as long as that's the issue listed by Tennessee on Wednesday's injury report, we'll presume that the wideout's non-participation was a case of rep management as Sunday night's game against the Packers approaches.

Dec 23, 2020 12:06 PM EST


Hits double-digit touchdowns

Brown recorded five receptions on six targets for 44 yards and a touchdown in Week 15 against the Lions.

Analysis: Brown tied for the team-lead with five receptions, though Ryan Tannehill continued to spread targets around to several different pass-catchers. He was unable to deliver his typical splash plays, as his longest catch of the day went for only 14 yards. Despite the down performance, Brown did manage to salvage the performance with a two-yard touchdown reception in the final quarter. Brown will likely be needed for more volume in Week 16 as the Titans attempt to keep pace with the Packers.

Dec 20, 2020 4:15 PM EST


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