Julio Jones to Wear No. 2 with Titans After Turning Down No. 11 from A.J. Brown

Scott Polacek@@ScottPolacekFeatured Columnist IVJune 8, 2021

FILE - Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones (11) leaves the field during the first half of an NFL football game against the New Orleans Saints in Atlanta, in this Sunday, Dec. 6, 2020, file photo. The Tennessee Titans have traded with the Atlanta Falcons for seven-time Pro Bowl wide receiver Julio Jones, a person familiar with the situation told The Associated Press. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson, File)
AP Photo/Brynn Anderson, File

For the first time in his NFL career, wide receiver Julio Jones will wear No. 2.

On Tuesday, the Tennessee Titans announced the receiver they acquired from the Atlanta Falcons via trade will wear the number for his new team:

Tennessee Titans @Titans

Looking forward to the future ✌🏾 pic.twitter.com/6PI4h8aKCJ

Jones wore No. 11 in each of his 10 seasons with the Falcons, but wide receiver A.J. Brown already wears that number for the Titans. The younger pass-catcher revealed he tried to give up the number to Jones, but the veteran turned it down:

AJ Brown @1kalwaysopen_

#11 until I retire . I tried to give it up and he wouldn’t take it . Respect 🤝

The number two will also mean something for the Titans this season because that is the number of game-changing receivers opponents will have to deal with as long as Jones and Brown are sharing the field. Throw in the number of defenders in the box it takes to even contain running back Derrick Henry, and Tennessee should put up plenty of points during the 2021 campaign.

Anything short of a third straight trip to the playoffs would be a surprising development.


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