3 NFL players named as potential breakout candidates in 2020

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A.J. Brown, WR, Titans

The pick made by Kyle Brandt was A.J. Brown from the Tennessee Titans and even threw a comparison to Terrell Owens when highlighting Brown’s ability to run after the catch. With Ryan Tannehill back at quarterback and Derrick Henry in the backfield, Brandt doesn’t want us to get about Brown.

No rookie wide receiver was more productive than Brown in 2019. He appeared in all 16 games (11 starts) and tallied 52 catches, 1,051 yards, and eight touchdowns. To take it a step further, he was just one of 10 players to exceed 1,000 receiving yards and total eight receiving touchdowns.

The Titans gradually increased Brown’s involvement in their offense and it took time for him to reach a full-time starter role. For reference, he appeared in fewer than 50 percent of Tennessee’s offensive snaps until Week 5 and finally surpassed the 65 percent mark in Week 9.

For as long as NFL teams have to worry about stopping the elite running presence of Henry, it will be incredibly tough to slow down A.J. Brown. Being familiar with the NFL level from the jump and continuity with the team should help him hit the ground running and end in a big season.

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