Rookie wants Titans’ playoff berth over 1,000-yard season

first_img Tennessee rookie A.J. Brown makes very clear personal goals take a backseat to helping the Titans clinch a playoff berth.Even if that means missing out on becoming the Titans’ first 1,000-yard receiver since 2015.“If I get 10 yards Sunday and I help the team win, then I’m fine with it,” Brown said Tuesday. “The ultimate goal is to get to the playoffs and try to win the Super Bowl. I’m not too worried about my own goals right now. I’m just trying to do whatever it takes to try to get this win because it’s huge for the team.”TheBrown also leads all NFL rookies in receiving yards and is tied with Baltimore’s Marquise Brown and Terry McLaurin of Washington for the rookie lead with seven TD receptions each.”He’s one of the best players we’ve played against,” Houston coach Bill O’Brien said of the Titans’ rookie.The Texans scouted Brown before the draft, and O’Brien said the big rookie plays physical, runs good routes and has good hands. Then Brown went out and caught a career-high eight passes and finished with 114 yards receiving and a touchdown to impress O’Brien in person on Dec. 15.With 73 more yards, Brown can become the Titans’ first 1,000-yard receiver since tight end Delanie Walker finished with 1,088 yards in 2015. Brown also would become just the franchise’s third rookie to reach that mark joining Bill Groman (1,743 in 1960) and Ernest Givens (1,062 in 1986).O’Brien said what Brown has done is fantastic.“It’s very difficult to play receiver as rookie in this league,” Brown said. “So, to do what he’s done shows that he’s got a great work ethic, he’s got really good playing strength. He’s got a lot of great attributes to be a great wide receiver, which is what he is.”The 6-foot and 226-pound Brown also is fast. He wasHe’s averaging 19.3 yards per catch, second among qualifying receivers behind only Mike Williams (20.5) of the Chargers.“He continues to just work technique and be strong with the football,” Titans coach Mike Vrabel said. “I know this is a fast and a violent and big game. I think A.J.’s done a good job playing through contact and catching the ball, being strong with the catch.”The Saints used Pro Bowl cornerback Marshon Lattimore to slow Brown down last week, and the rookie finished with only one catch for 34 yards with 2:04 left“You go against a high, powerful guy like that it makes you key in … kind of re-humbles you a bit,” Brown said. “I really enjoy myself going against a guy like that because you don’t lose, you always learn. So I’m going to take everything I can from that matchup.”Ryan Tannehill likes the rookie’s consistency.”How he’s constantly taking steps just taking steps week in and week out throughout the season has been very impressive, how he’s grown as a player throughout the season and really come on strong as of late when a lot of rookies are starting to hit that wall and digress or stagnate,” Tannehill said.“He’s continued to step up, and that’s been huge for us.”Notes: The Titans held a walk-through Tuesday taking Wednesday off the holiday. CB Adoree’ Jackson, who has missed three straight games, took part in warm-ups. Vrabel said they would see what Jackson could do. WR Corey Davis (concussion protocol), also stretched during the open portion of practice along with DL Jeffery Simmons (knee) and LB Daren Bates (shoulder).___Follow Teresa M. Walker at AP NFL: and COMMENT Associated Press Television News SUBSCRIBE TO US Written By First Published: 25th December, 2019 12:50 ISTcenter_img Last Updated: 25th December, 2019 12:50 IST Rookie Wants Titans’ Playoff Berth Over 1,000-yard Season Tennessee rookie A.J. Brown makes very clear personal goals take a backseat to helping the Titans clinch a playoff berth. FOLLOW US LIVE TV WATCH US LIVElast_img

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