Just eight months after trading star wide receiver A.J. Brown to the Eagles at the 2022 NFL Draft, Jon Robinson is out as the Titans’ general manager. Despite their 7-5 record and comfortable standing in first place in the AFC South, Robinson’s gaffe on Day 1 of the NFL Draft has come back to bite him.
As A.J. Brown terrorized the Titans’ young secondary to the tune of 119 yards and two touchdowns, Eagles’ fans took the opportunity to thank the Titans owners’ box for gifting them one of the league’s top wide receivers.
Eagles fans thanking Titans ownership in the most Philly way possible pic.twitter.com/W0xvKW7KK9
— Brenden Deeg (@BrendenDeeg_) December 5, 2022
Brown has been nothing short of sensational for the Eagles this season as he’s quickly become Jalen Hurts’ favorite target who he can trust to go up and get the ball no matter how many defenders are around. The 25-year-old receiver is just 50 yards short of becoming the first Eagles receiver to eclipse 1,000 yards since Jeremy Maclin in 2014, the longest drought in the NFL.
While Brown is enjoying a superb year in Philadelphia, the Titans are struggling to replace their top wide receiver even as first-round pick Treylon Burks has come on as of late. Even on Sunday, Brown outgained all Titans’ wide receivers with 119 yards to their 41. On the season, Brown’s individual numbers rival the Titans’ entire wide receiver group with 950 yards and 9 touchdowns to the Titans’ 1,201 yards and 4 touchdowns.
Tennessee is hurting without their former superstar wide receiver who had stated that he wanted to retire a Titan. But the former GM had other plans and decided to part with Brown for 2022 first and third-round picks.
Brown has expressed his disappointment in being traded before in an April interview with NFL Insider Tom Pelissero, stating “You know, it’s a business, and I’m not upset about the trade or anything because it is a business or whatever. But to be honest, I just didn’t appreciate how it all went down, and they just kind of blamed me for it. I’m man enough to say that, however people may take it. But I have no bad blood with Tennessee. I’m moving forward. I’m happy to be here. But (there are) a lot of things people don’t know about, and they’re just pointing fingers at me. But that’s OK.”
And though Brown showed love to some of his former teammates, including quarterback Ryan Tannehill, Brown’s touchdown celebration on his called-back touchdown showed his feelings towards his former team.
This was Jalen Hurts best throw of his career. It was also AJ Brown’s best Touchdown celebration.
— Emmanuel Acho (@EmmanuelAcho) December 4, 2022
After the game, Brown described the meaning behind the hilarious celebration, saying with a laugh, “today I’m going to have to give you a whooping, but I still love you, though “That’s where the hug came in at the end.”
This game was circled on A.J. Brown’s calendar and he showed up in a big way. Great for him and all Eagles fans. But for the man that traded him, Jon Robinson…yikes.
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