AJ Brown Hints at Which Jersey Number Julio Jones Will Wear for the Tennessee Titans

Published 06/07/2021, 7:45 AM EDT
INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA – NOVEMBER 29: A.J. Brown #11 of the Tennessee Titans reacts following a touchdown reception in the first quarter during their game against the Indianapolis Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium on November 29, 2020 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)


The Tennessee Titans have gotten their man. With the franchise successfully pulling off a trade deal for wide receiver Julio Jones from the Atlanta Falcons, the franchise has procured themselves one of the best wide outs in the league. And perhaps no one is happier about the signing than fellow wide out AJ Brown. Brown recently publicly stated his desire to recruit Jones to the side.

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Drafted in 2019, in just his second season, Brown earned his first Pro Bowl call up. Quickly turning into their primary aerial target, Brown though will now have to contend with Jones for that role.

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AJ Brown though isn’t likely to mind that. The wide receiver is a big fan of the veteran wideout traded from Atlanta. So much so that he’s even willing to vacate his jersey number for the Jones.

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AJ Brown willing to give #11 jersey to Julio Jones

Talking to the Titans‘ official website, Brown was questioned about his new teammate. The wideout currently wears the #11 jersey for the Titans, the same number Julio Jones has worn throughout his NFL career.

In this scenario, one has to budge. And it seems Brown is willing to make the change. “I’m in the works,” Brown said. “I’m working with (coach Mike) Vrabel about something, about the number.” 

Julio Jones #11 of the Atlanta Falcons warms up prior to the game against the Carolina Panthers. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)

With Jones now likely to wear the #11 jersey in 2021, Brown will need to find himself a new number. And while the wide receiver had a number in mind, things apparently didn’t work out.

“I tried to switch to No. 1, but it didn’t go through,” he said. The reason the Titans couldn’t offer Brown the #1 jersey is because the franchise earlier retired it as mark of respect for their Hall of Fame QB Warren Moon.

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Brown further clarified why he was willing to make the switch. And the wideout’s reasoning is something that should make Julio Jones just at home.

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“I’m trying to be a good teammate and look out for him and, you know, let him go out on the right foot. But we’ll see… All the jersey purchases should stop for a while. Just give it like a month until we find out what’s going on.”

A.J. Brown #11 of the Tennessee Titans reacts on the bench in the first half against the Houston Texans. (Photo by Tim Warner/Getty Images)

The duo of Brown and Jones has the potential to become of the most lethal wideout pairings in the league. Brown’s explosiveness paired with Jones’ experience can help elevate the side’s offense to another level.

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But do you think it’d be enough to make the franchise Super Bowl contenders? Let us know in the comments below.

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Shivayan Roy

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Shivayan Roy is currently an NFL writer at EssentiallySports. After completing his Masters Diploma in Journalism from the Asian College of Journalism, Roy functioned as a reporter for Goal.com and extensively covered the FIFA U-17 World Cup.

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