BOLD PREDICTION: AJ Brown will be a top wide receiver in 2020.
AJ Brown is coming off of one of the best seasons we’ve seen from a rookie wide receiver in some time. Brown holds the rookie record for fewest receptions while having over 1000 receiving yards. Already as a rookie, AJ Brown ranked top 10 in receiving touchdowns and 2nd in yards per reception, per Pro Football Reference.
The Tennessee Titans will need AJ Brown to duplicate this success next season to win the AFC South. Tyler Staggs of the Titans Time Podcast has a bold prediction, and if it were to be true Brown will be a top 3 WR in the NFL in 2020.
What kind of stats would Brown need to finish top 3 in the NFL?
Well, Tyler has a bit of an idea. His bold prediction is that AJ Brown will finish with 104 receptions, 1,500 or more yards, and 15 TDs. Obviously, we aren’t sure how other receivers will perform next season. So, let’s take a look at where these numbers would have ranked AJ Brown in 2019.
Finishing with more than 1,500 receiving yards would have put Brown 2nd in the league, behind Michael Thomas with 1,725. 15 touchdowns last season would have led the league by 4 touchdowns! Kenny Golladay would have then finished second with 11. Finally, 104 receptions would have tied the rookie WR with Keenan Allen and DeAndre Hopkins for 3rd in the NFL.
So last season Brown would have ranked top 3 in every major receiving category. While he wasn’t able to produce this level of statistics last season he still had an amazing season for a rookie wideout.
AJ Brown has potential to be a star in the NFL for years to come. Tyler Staggs believes that Brown will take the next step next season. I wouldn’t put it past the former Ole Miss standout, especially with a whole season of Ryan Tannehill at quarterback.