In the moments before they took to the Nissan Stadium field on Tuesday night, A.J. Brown gathered his fellow wide receivers for a few final words of motivation.
The huddle was a small one, since the Titans' entire wide-receiving corps for the game against Buffalo consisted of just four players: There was Brown, who hadn't played a game in a month, along with three undrafted free agents – Kalif Raymond, Nick Westbrook-Ikhine and Cody Hollister. Westbrook-Ikhine had never caught an NFL pass, Hollister had posted two career receptions and Raymond began the night with a grand total of 13 catches.
Hardly the stuff of defensive backs' nightmares.
Missing from the group were the team's two most productive receivers heading into the contest – Corey Davis and Adam Humphries – both of whom remain on the team's COVID-19 reserve list.
But Brown, who'd missed the last two games recovering from a bone bruise to his knee, wasn't about to give the group a free pass – no matter their inexperience nor his rust.
“I told those guys, `When we leave this game, we need to be mentally and physically exhausted,'” Brown said following the Titans' 42-16 thumping of previously unbeaten Buffalo.
“There's only four of us, but that's all you need. No matter where you come from, none of that stuff matters. You can't match the heart, and . . .
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