Can Titans’ A.J. Brown, Jeffery Simmons join this list of team’s second-year stars?

By John Glennon

When most NFL observers review A.J. Brown's rookie season, they see a physical route-runner who made big downfield receptions and racked up plenty of post-catch yardage.

Brown, not surprisingly, is a bit more critical.

The third-leading vote recipient in the NFL's 2019 rookie-of-the-year voting, Brown appreciates the accolades thrown his way following a season that saw him pile up 52 catches, 1,051 yards and eight touchdowns. But as he looks ahead to his second season, Brown sounds more focused on what he didn't do well enough last year – and what he wants to improve moving forward.

Which is why he often thinks back to the advice quarterback Tom Brady passed on to him last training camp, following a practice session between the Patriots and Titans.

“Work on the things you know you need improvement on so you won’t have no weakness,” Brown recalls Brady saying. “Everybody works hard, but everybody knows what their weakness is, so work on your weakness so you don’t have no weakness. It’s crazy how long his career has been and how he did it.”

Both Brown and the Titans' first-round pick in 2019, defensive lineman Jeffery Simmons, appear set for significant sophomore seasons, potentially rivaling some of the best second years in franchise history. Running back Chris Johnson tops the list of drafted players . . .

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