The biggest winner in Titans’ trade for Julio Jones? It’s A.J. Brown


NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The Tennessee Titans had been tied final season for the second-most-potent offense within the league, however Sunday’s commerce with the Atlanta Falcons for extensive receiver Julio Jones has the potential to take them to a unique airplane.

Jones, whom the Titans acquired for a 2022 second-round decide and 2023 fourth-round choice, brings profession totals of 848 receptions for 12,896 yards and 60 touchdowns to the Titans after a decade within the league.

Tennessee achieved nice stability on offense with A.J. Brown posting his second consecutive 1,000-yard season and Corey Davis coming inside 16 yards of his first. It could have been the primary time the Titans had two 1,000-yard receivers in the identical yr since Derrick Mason and Drew Bennett did so in 2004.

Davis has moved on to the New York Jets through free company, which left a void reverse Brown. Titans GM Jon Robinson signed former Los Angeles Rams wideout Josh Reynolds to assist. Nevertheless, Jones’ presence provides the Titans a way more formidable choice to preserve opposing defenses from bracketing and double-covering Brown.

“It takes a number of the pressure off of me and with Derrick [Henry] and Ryan [Tannehill] with Anthony [Firkser],” Brown informed ESPN on Sunday. “Having one other dominant man on the opposite aspect, everyone needs to be sincere. Now, you do not know who’s going to carry who. I could get CB1 or Julio might get CB1. However whoever will get CB2, [that cornerback] goes to be in hassle. It’ll be enjoyable.”

First-year offensive coordinator Todd Downing spoke final week about discovering methods to broaden Brown’s sport in his third NFL season.

“We’ll search for methods to get him singled up, methods to assist him with totally different protection indicators and issues like that,” Downing mentioned of Brown. “See the place we will transfer him round, broaden his route tree just a little bit and watch him have success as we broaden it.”

It isn’t simply Brown who will profit from Jones’ arrival. The Titans confronted eight defenders within the field on 23.1% of their snaps final season, greater than some other staff within the NFL. That is as a result of defenses geared as much as cease Derrick Henry who had 2,027 dashing yards.

“Derrick goes to do his factor. All of us profit off of Derrick. It’s a must to play it sincere,” Brown mentioned.

The Falcons confronted eight within the field on 12.5% of their snaps final yr. Jones may have an abundance of alternatives to face single protection and to thrive off deep play-action passes in opposition to single protection from Tannehill.

Courting again to his collegiate days at Ole Miss, Brown has studied Jones’ sport intently. He even swapped jerseys with Jones after the Titans beat the Falcons 24-10 in Week 4 of Brown’s rookie season. The third-year receiver is delighted to have Jones as a teammate.

“He is a giant receiver identical to me however the factor he does particular is he runs routes identical to a smaller man,” Brown mentioned. “The bodily a part of his sport is loopy. He performs with dominance. He can beat you excessive and beat you beneath. He would not have any flaws to his sport. For me, in faculty, he was educating me all the things and did not even comprehend it. That is once I did not know him and was simply watching him.”

The Titans’ depth chart now has Brown, Jones and Reynolds — all no less than 6-foot — as the highest three receivers. All three are able to enjoying within the slot or exterior. That offers Downing a chance to maneuver guys throughout the formation to generate matchups that favor the Titans. Downing appreciated the flexibility the Titans’ extensive receiver room introduced earlier than including Jones.

“The extra you are able to do for our offense and the extra jobs you possibly can carry out, the extra alternatives you may get to play,” Downing mentioned. “Our group actually embodies and embraces the ‘the place are you able to plug me and play me’ mentality. As you will have extra items which can be versatile that you should utilize in several positions, it opens issues up for everyone, and we’re enthusiastic about that.”


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