Titans WR A.J. Brown Says 'Sky Is the Limit' for Him After Breakout Rookie Year

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured ColumnistMay 21, 2020

HOUSTON, TX - DECEMBER 29:  A.J. Brown #11 of the Tennessee Titans celebrates on the way to the locker room after the game against the Houston Texans at NRG Stadium on December 29, 2019 in Houston, Texas.  (Photo by Tim Warner/Getty Images)
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After exceeding expectations in his rookie season, Tennessee Titans wide receiver A.J. Brown is aiming for more in 2020.

Brown caught 52 passes for 1,051 yards and eight touchdowns and was the only rookie wideout to eclipse 1,000 receiving yards. He told Titans beat writer Jim Wyatt he wants to "improve on everything" and "be a complete, well-rounded football player":

"I think the sky is the limit for me to be honest. I am great learner, and I am going to keep learning each and every day. There's definitely a lot of things I can clean up. In year one, I was really just trying to play fast and not think about it too much. In year two I can really key in and focus what I really need to focus on and learn a lot more stuff in regard to coverages and everything else."

The 22-year-old was one of the league's most dynamic downfield threats. His 20.2 yards per catch ranked second in the NFL and lagged only 0.2 yards behind Mike Williams.

Brown benefited greatly from the Titans' decision to bench Marcus Mariota for Ryan Tannehill.

Mariota started the team's first six games, during which time Brown caught 14 passes for 273 yards and two touchdowns. Over his final 10 appearances, with Tannehill under center, he had 38 receptions for 778 yards and six scores. His yards per game climbed from 45.5 to 77.8.

Because of his big-play ability, it would be easy to think Brown is a straight-line runner who relies on his speed to beat opposing secondaries vertically. His skill set is far more expansive, which is why he still has so much room to grow.

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AJ Brown's 2019 season: 🔷 1,051 receiving yards 🔷 8 TDs 🔷 Two playoff wins The rook is just getting started 😤 @Brown1arthur @Titans https://t.co/3FaZ51VIkJ

Tannehill is a wild card, though.

The 31-year-old enjoyed a career year, throwing for 2,742 yards, 22 touchdowns and six interceptions over 12 appearances en route to his first Pro Bowl.

Should Tannehill regress in 2020, it could negatively impact Brown's development in his second year.