Desperate for reliable targets to surround Marcus Mariota, the Titans landed A.J. Brown from Ole Miss. The slot receiver specialist is built strong and enters the NFL with a complete route-running skill-set. He posted over 1,200 yards two straight years in college with 17 touchdowns. If the Titans use him similarly, he should see a very nice dose of targets, and could even lead the team. Unfortunately, Tennessee isn't a pass-happy powerhouse - they're likely to stick with a conservative offense. That should ultimately limit Brown's targets and his potential. He's a good player stuck in what appears to be a bad situation for Fantasy purposes. Someone will take him with a late-round pick in seasonal leagues, and he'll also go in that same range in dynasty/keeper leagues. He's worth a top-15 pick in rookie-only drafts.
Brown is dealing with a hamstring injury but will partake in individual drills at the start of mandatory minicamp Tuesday, Paul Kuharsky of 104.5 The Zone Nashville reports. Brown suffered the injury during OTAs last week and will be held out of team periods this week. Apparently the 21-year-old is available to practice, but the Titans will remain cautious with the second-round pick.
Brown left Tuesday's practice with an undisclosed injury and did not return, Jim Wyatt of the Titans' official site reports. Brown suffered the injury while running a route during a drill and came up limping. It's unclear exactly what caused Brown to leave the practice field, but the team should have an update on his health in the next day or so.
The Titans selected Brown in the second round of the 2019 NFL Draft, 51st overall. Brown is an enormous steal this late and by every indicator is a strong wide receiver prospect. The landing spot for fantasy purposes couldn't have been much worse, however. Corey Davis, Adam Humphries and Delanie Walker already figure to hog lots of targets in an offense that limits its passing game by design, instead centering its identity on Derrick Henry in the running game. Who knows whether Marcus Mariota can even play well on his own account. With that said, there are plenty of scenarios where Brown might establish himself as the team's best wideout in a year or two, so he shouldn't be written off for the long term. At 6-foot-1, 226 pounds, Brown is built like a tank but ran an encouraging 4.49-second 40-yard dash while adding a 36.5-inch vertical at the combine. His big build lets him bully slot corners, where his strong hands and unmatched tackle-breaking ability made him utterly dominant at Mississippi. Brown finished his three-year Mississippi career with 189 receptions for 2,984 yards and 19 touchdowns in 34 games. He can play. The only question is how much work Tennessee's lethargic passing game has to offer him.
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|7||10/20||Los Angeles Chargers||7||18.44|
|8||10/27||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||28||25.00|
|10||11/10||Kansas City Chiefs||21||22.67|
|16||12/22||New Orleans Saints||31||26.67|