NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Tennessee newcomer A.J. Brown makes very clear personal goals clear to help the titans get a playoff spot.
Even if that means that since 2015 we are no longer the first 1000 yard receiver of the titans.
"If I have 10 meters on Sunday and help the team win, that's fine," Brown said on Tuesday. “The ultimate goal is to reach the playoffs and win the Super Bowl. I'm not worried about my own goals at the moment. I'm just trying to do everything I can to win this victory because it's huge for the team. "
The 51st place overall in the April draft is one of the reasons why the titans (8: 7) face Houston (10: 5) on Sunday and secure the AFC's sixth and final playoff spot. Brown, who started 10 out of 15 games, leads Tennessee in catches (48), yards (927) and touchdown catches (seven).
Brown also leads all NFL rookies in receiving yards and is associated with Baltimore's Marquise Brown and Terry McLaurin of Washington for rookie leadership, each with seven TD receptions.
"He is one of the best players we have ever played against," said Houston coach Bill O & # 39; Brien about the titan's rookie.
The Texans explored Brown before the draft, and O & # 39; Brien said the big rookie was playing physically, running good routes and good hands. Then Brown went out and got eight passes with a career height of 114 yards and a touchdown to personally impress O & # 39; Brien on December 15th.
With another 73 yards, Brown can become the Titan's first 1000-yard receiver since the end of the crisis. Delanie Walker ended 2015 at 1,088 yards. Brown would also be just the third rookie in the franchise to reach this mark and Bill Groman (1,743 in 1960) joined Ernest Givens (1,062 in 1986).
O & # 39; Brien said what Brown did is fantastic.
"It is very difficult to play Receiver as a rookie in this league," said Brown. He has many great qualities to be a great recipient, and he is. "
The 6-foot and 226-pound Brown is also fast. It was timed at 4.49 seconds in the 40-yard dash on the NFL combine. He had seven receptions, at least 34 meters long, including a 91 yard where he overtook the defenders to the end zone. Brown took a 49-meter charge last week for a touchdown against the Saints.
With an average of 19.3 meters per catch, he is second among the qualified receivers behind only Mike Williams (20.5) of the Chargers.
"He continues to work only with technology and is strong in football," said Titan coach Mike Vrabel. "I know that this is a fast, violent and big game. I think A.J. did a good job of getting in touch and catching the ball and being strong with the catch. "
The Saints used Pro Bowl cornerback Marshon Lattimore to slow Brown down last week, and the rookie ended the game with just one catch for 34 yards.
"You're going against a tall, powerful guy who makes you … humiliate you a little," Brown said. “I really enjoy going against a guy like that because you don't lose, you always learn. So I'll take everything I can. "
Ryan Tannehill likes the constancy of the beginner.
"It is impressive how he takes steps all season long, just week after week, and how he has grown as a player throughout the season and has grown really strong lately when many newbies start hitting this wall. " and digress or stagnate, ”said Tannehill.
"He is still on the rise and that was huge for us."
Notes: The titans held a walk-in Tuesday that frees Wednesday from the holidays. CB Adoree & # 39; Jackson, who missed three games in a row, participated in warm-ups. Vrabel said they would see what Jackson could do. WR Corey Davis (concussion protocol), which along with DL Jeffery Simmons (knee) and LB Daren Bates (shoulder) was also stretched during the open workout.
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