A. J. Brown (American football)
|No. 11 – Tennessee Titans|
|Born:||June 30, 1997|
|Height:||6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)|
|Weight:||226 lb (103 kg)|
|NFL Draft:||2019 / Round: 2 / Pick: 51|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Career NFL statistics as of 2020|
|Player stats at NFL.com|
Arthur Juan Brown (born June 30, 1997) is an American football wide receiver for the Tennessee Titans of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Ole Miss and was drafted by the Titans in the second round of the 2019 NFL Draft.
High school career
Brown attended Starkville High School in Starkville, Mississippi, where he played football and baseball. As a senior at Starkville, he recorded 83 catches for 1,371 yards and 13 touchdowns and led his team to a 6A state championship. He was named first-team All-State by USA Today, The Clarion-Ledger's Dandy Dozen, and the Mississippi Association of Coaches.
As a top recruit in both football and baseball, Brown became the second player after Kyler Murray, to play in both the Under Armour All-America Football Game and the Under Armour All-America Baseball Game. In the 2016 Under Armour All-America Game, he caught four passes for 79 yards and a touchdown.
Brown was a consensus 4-star prospect by the major recruiting services. He was ranked the No. 45 overall recruit by Scout, No. 47 by 247Sports, No. 53 by Rivals and No. 66 by ESPN. He was also listed as the No. 5 wide receiver prospect in the country by 247Sports and Scout and was ranked the second-best player in the state by 247Sports and third-best by Scout. On February 3, 2016, Brown committed to play both college baseball and college football at the University of Mississippi.
Brown was drafted as an outfielder by the San Diego Padres in the 19th round of the 2016 Major League Baseball Draft. He signed with the Padres, which prevented him from playing baseball at Ole Miss, but he was still eligible to play football. At Ole Miss, he majored in General Studies with an emphasis in Education, Journalism and Legal Studies.
In Brown's first game of his collegiate career, he started and recorded two catches for 48 yards against Wofford. As a true freshman at Ole Miss in 2016, Brown played in all 12 games and finished fifth on the team with 29 receptions for 412 yards and two touchdowns. He finished fourth among SEC freshmen with 2.4 catches per game and fifth with 34.3 receiving yards per game.
During the first game of his sophomore season in 2017, Brown hauled in eight catches, two of which were touchdowns of 71 and 77 yards, and set the school record for receiving yards in a game with 233 against South Alabama.
Brown finished the season with 75 receptions for 1,252 yards and 11 touchdowns in 12 games. He was awarded the Conerly Trophy, given to the best college football player in the state of Mississippi.
|Height||Weight||Arm length||Hand size||40-yard dash||10-yard split||20-yard split||Vertical jump||Broad jump||Bench press||Wonderlic|
|6 ft 0+1⁄2 in
|4.49 s||1.56 s||2.65 s||36.5 in
|10 ft 0 in
|All values from NFL Draft|
Brown was selected by the Tennessee Titans in the second round (51st overall) of the 2019 NFL Draft. On June 12, 2019, he signed a four-year deal worth $5,641,199 with a signing bonus of $2,122,690 and a 2019 cap hit of $1,025,670.
Brown made his NFL debut in the Titans' season-opener against the Cleveland Browns. In the game, he caught three passes for 100 yards in the 43–13 road victory. During Week 4 against the Atlanta Falcons, he caught his first two NFL touchdowns from Marcus Mariota in the 24–10 road victory. He finished the game with three receptions for 94 yards and the two aforementioned touchdowns. During Week 8 against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, he caught an eight-yard touchdown in the 27–23 victory. In Week 12 against the Jacksonville Jaguars, Brown caught four receptions for 135 yards and a touchdown as the Titans won 42–20. In the next game against the Indianapolis Colts, he caught three passes for 45 yards in the 31–17 road victory.
During Week 14 against the Oakland Raiders, he caught five passes for 153 yards and two touchdowns, including a 91-yard touchdown, during the 42–21 road victory. In the following game against the Houston Texans, Brown caught eight passes for 114 yards and a touchdown during the 24–21 loss. In the next game against the New Orleans Saints, he rushed for a 49-yard touchdown and caught a 34-yard reception during the 38–28 loss. In the regular-season finale against the Texans, Brown caught four passes for 124 yards and a touchdown during the 35–14 road victory to help the Titans clinch a playoff berth. In his rookie season, Brown finished with 52 receptions for 1,051 receiving yards and eight receiving touchdowns. In three postseason games, Brown totaled five receptions for 64 yards as the Titans' season ended with a 35–24 loss in the AFC Championship to the Kansas City Chiefs.
In a Tuesday night game in Week 5 against the Buffalo Bills, Brown recorded seven catches for 82 yards and his first receiving touchdown of the season during the 42–16 win. In Week 6 against the Houston Texans, Brown had five receptions for 58 yards and two touchdowns in the 42–36 overtime victory. During Week 7 against the Pittsburgh Steelers, Brown finished with 153 receiving yards, including a 74-yard touchdown as the Titans lost 24–27. In Week 9 against the Chicago Bears, Brown recorded four catches for 101 yards, including a 40-yard touchdown reception, during the 24–17 win. In Week 12 against the Indianapolis Colts, Brown recorded four catches for 98 yards, including a 69-yard touchdown reception, and returned an onside kick for a touchdown during the 45–26 win. In Week 14 against the Jacksonville Jaguars, Brown recorded 7 catches for 112 yards and a touchdown during the 31–10 victory. In Week 17 against the Houston Texans, Brown recorded 10 catches for 151 yards and a touchdown during the 41–38 win.  Brown had suffered injuries to both of his knees throughout the season, causing him to miss 2 games. He went under successful surgery to both knees January 19, 2021.
NFL career statistics
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- Bonner, Michael (February 3, 2016). "A.J. Brown picks Ole Miss over Mississippi State". The Clarion Ledger. Retrieved September 2, 2020.
- "Four-star WR A.J. Brown commits to Ole Miss". SI.com. February 3, 2016. Archived from the original on December 18, 2020. Retrieved September 2, 2020.
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- "A.J. Brown bio". Ole Miss Sports. Retrieved June 17, 2019.
- "Wofford at Ole Miss Box Score, September 10, 2016". College Football at Sports-Reference.com. Retrieved September 25, 2019.
- "A.J. Brown 2016 Game Log". College Football at Sports-Reference.com. Retrieved September 25, 2019.
- Necalse, Colton (September 8, 2017). "Breaking school records only the start for receiver A.J. Brown". The Daily Mississippian. Retrieved September 25, 2019.
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- "2018 Ole Miss Rebels Stats". Sports-Reference.com. Retrieved February 22, 2019.
- "2018 All-SEC Football Team announced". SECSports.com. Southeastern Conference. December 4, 2018. Archived from the original on June 11, 2019.
- Chiari, Mike (December 4, 2018). "WR A.J. Brown Declares for 2019 NFL Draft After 3 Seasons at Ole Miss". BleacherReport.com. Retrieved September 25, 2019.
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- Sessler, Marc (April 26, 2019). "Titans add target for Mariota, pick WR A.J. Brown". NFL.com. Retrieved April 26, 2019.
- Cotton, Dan (June 12, 2019). "Tennessee Titans agree to terms with A.J. Brown". 247Sports.com. Retrieved June 15, 2019.
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- "Titans explode for 4 TDs in 6 plays, rout Jaguars 42–20". www.espn.com. Associated Press. November 24, 2019. Retrieved November 24, 2019.
- "Titans win 4th straight, 42–21 over Raiders". www.espn.com. Associated Press. December 8, 2019. Retrieved December 8, 2019.
- "Texans take control of AFC South by beating Titans 24–21". www.espn.com. December 15, 2019. Retrieved December 15, 2019.
- "Saints chasing NFC's top seed rally to beat Titans 38–28". www.espn.com. Associated Press. December 22, 2019. Retrieved December 22, 2019.
- "Titans clinch playoff spot with 35–14 win over Texans". www.espn.com. Associated Press. December 29, 2019. Retrieved December 29, 2019.
- "A.J. Brown 2019 Game Log". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved February 29, 2020.
- "AFC Championship – Tennessee Titans at Kansas City Chiefs – January 19th, 2020". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved February 29, 2020.
- "Buffalo Bills at Tennessee Titans – October 13th, 2020". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved October 11, 2020.
- "Houston Texans at Tennessee Titans – October 18th, 2020". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved October 22, 2020.
- "Pittsburgh Steelers at Tennessee Titans - October 25th, 2020". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved October 29, 2020.
- "Chicago Bears at Tennessee Titans - November 8th, 2020". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved November 12, 2020.
- "Tennessee Titans at Indianapolis Colts - November 29th, 2020". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved December 2, 2020.
- "Tennessee Titans at Jacksonville Jaguars - December 13th, 2020". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved December 16, 2020.
- "Tennessee Titans at Houston Texans - January 3rd, 2021". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved January 7, 2021.