Rookie WR A.J. Brown Nets Another 100-Yard Game for Titans

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NASHVILLE – A.J. Brown sprinted downfield, got past a Texans defender, and caught a pass from Titans quarterback Ryan Tannehill in stride.

The gain was good for 60 yards, and it was just the latest big play from the talented rookie receiver.

On Sunday, Brown was a key performer once again. But he left Nissan Stadium dejected after the team's 24-21 loss to the Texans.

"To be honest with you, I just feel like we are going to come back in tomorrow and look at it," Brown said of reviewing the tape. "It's over now, so I mean we've got to keep getting better, keep driving. We can't dwell on it."

Brown had eight catches for 114 yards and a touchdown in the game. His five-yard touchdown catch tied the game at 14-14 in the fourth quarter.

Brown's 60-yard reception in the first quarter was the third-longest catch of his rookie season. It came a week after his 91-yard touchdown catch last week in a five-catch, 153-yard, two-touchdown performance against the Raiders.

Against the Texans, Brown became the franchise's first rookie to have four 100-yard receiving games since Ernest Givins (four 100-yard games) in 1986.

Brown also became the first Titans player (rookie or veteran) with four 100-yard receiving games in a single season since Drew Bennett had five such performances in 2004.

"He was making plays," Titans quarterback Ryan Tannehill said of Brown, "so I kept going back to him and he showed how dangerous he is."

In the contest, Brown moved past Chris Sanders (823 receiving yards in 1995) for the third-highest receiving yardage total by a rookie in franchise history. The only previous Titans/Oilers rookies with more receiving yards in a season than Brown were Bill Groman (1,473 yards in 1960) and Ernest Givins (1,062 in 1986).

Brown now has a team-high 893 receiving yards and seven touchdowns on the season, on a team-high 47 catches. Brown's seven touchdown receptions on the season rank fourth in franchise history for a rookie behind only Bill Groman's 12 touchdowns in 1960, Chris Sanders' nine touchdowns in 1995 and Mac Haik's eight touchdowns in 1968.

His eight receptions in the game were the most by a Titans rookie since Oct. 7, 2012, when Kendall Wright had nine receptions at the Minnesota Vikings.

Brown became the first Titans player with consecutive 100-yard receiving games since wide receiver Nate Washington accomplished the feat in 2013 against the San Diego Chargers (Sept. 22) and New York Jets (Sept. 29).

Brown was targeted 13 times in the contest.

"I wish I had a lot of them back," Brown said. "I try to catch every ball, so I am going to do a better job, keep working and try to catch every target."

The Tennessee Titans take on the Houston Texans in Week 15 of the 2019 season at Nissan Stadium. (Photos: Donald Page)

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