When the Tennessee Titans’ passing attack is firing on all cylinders, something that hasn’t happened in the last four games, quarterback Ryan Tannehill and wide receiver A.J. Brown are normally behind it.
The connection between the two has been incredible to watch since Tannehill took over in Week 7 of last season, and as a result, that has led to the duo being among the best in the NFL.
And Pro Football Focus’ Anthony Treash agrees, as he listed the Tannehill-Brown connection as the No. 6 QB-WR duo in the NFL.
Brown is right there with his college teammate Metcalf as one of the biggest steals of the 2019 draft class. He has been an explosive weapon since stepping foot on an NFL field as a rookie in 2019 and has gotten even better alongside Tannehill in 2020.
Those two have connected on some big plays in their patented play-action offense, with Brown bringing in 22.6 yards per reception on play-action passes this year — the second-highest in the NFL. That’s been a big reason why Tannehill ranks first in the NFL in yards per attempt with play-action, at 10.5.
Overall, the Tennessee bond has generated a 134.0 passer rating, the eighth-best in the league. It’s reasonable to say Brown is doing more of the heavy lifting in this relationship with what he brings to the table in after-the-catch ability. He ranks sixth at the position in both broken tackles after the catch (seven) and yards after the catch per reception (6.7).
Tannehill still has to deliver a catchable ball, though, and he has done that across the board this season when throwing downfield, posting the sixth-best uncatchable pass rate when attempting a pass over 10 yards.
There’s no question that the Titans’ air attack has hit a wall over the last four games, as Tannehill hasn’t been at his best by any stretch, but he isn’t the only one to blame for Tennessee’s offensive struggles.
Brown was one player who let Tannehill down in Week 10, as he dropped a pair of passes from his quarterback, including one deep down the sideline that would have resulted in a touchdown.
Brown, Tannehill and the rest of the Titans’ offense will look to get back on track in what will be yet another tough matchup against the Baltimore Ravens in Week 11.