Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones (11) and Tennessee Titans wide receiver A.J. Brown (11) exchange jerseys after the Titans' 24-10 win at Mercedes-Benz Stadium Sunday, Sept. 29, 2019 in Atlanta, Ga.

Julio Jones declines A.J. Brown’s offer of No. 11 jersey

Tennessee Titans wide receiver A.J. Brown said Tuesday that his offer of his No. 11 jersey was declined by new teammate Julio Jones.

“#11 until I retire. I tried to give it up and he wouldn’t take it. Respect,” Brown wrote on Twitter.

Brown, 23, has done well for himself while wearing the No. 11 jersey with the Titans. He has 122 receptions for 2,126 yards and 19 touchdowns in 30 career NFL games, including 70 catches for 1,075 yards and 11 scores last season.

With that said, Jones is a seven-time Pro Bowl selection and serves as the Atlanta Falcons’ all-time leader in receptions (848) and yards (12,896). His 60 touchdown catches were three shy of Roddy White’s club record.

The Titans acquired Jones and a 2023 sixth-round pick from the Falcons on Sunday in exchange for a 2022 second-round and 2023 fourth-round selection.

Now, Jones wore the No. 8 jersey while playing collegiately with Alabama. That number is currently being worn by Titans rookie punter James Smith, so that could be in play should Jones elect to go that route.

Jones, 32, does not have the option of wearing the No. 1 jersey with Tennessee. That number is retired by the franchise with respect to Pro Football Hall of Famer Warren Moon.

–Field Level Media

Aug 25, 2020; Nashville, TN, USA; Tennessee Titans wide receiver Corey Davis (84) rests on the sideline during a training camp practice at Saint Thomas Sports Park Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2020  Nashville, Tenn.   Mandatory Credit:  George Walker IV /  The Tennessean-USA TODAY NETWORK

Titans promote WR with Davis, Brown banged up

Tennessee Titans wideouts Corey Davis and A.J. Brown showed up on the injury report Wednesday, prompting the team to promote a wide receiver from the practice squad.

Davis (hamstring) did not practice and Brown (knee) was limited. The Titans promoted Nick Westbrook-Ikhine from the practice squad again, as they did Monday night prior to their opener against the Denver Broncos.

Davis led the team in the win over the Broncos with seven catches for 101 yards. He and Brown both had eight targets, with Brown reeling in five catches for 39 yards. Jonnu Smith and MyCole Pruitt caught TD passes from Ryan Tannehill.

Brown had a tremendous rookie season in 2019, catching 52 passes for 1,051 yards and eight touchdowns. Davis, in his fourth season with the Titans, had 43 catches for 601 yards and two TDs last season.

In other Titans injury news, defensive end Jadeveon Clowney (hip) and linebacker Vic Beasley (knee) were limited in practice Wednesday.

However, running back Darrynton Evans (hamstring), linebacker Derick Roberson (knee) and offensive lineman Jamil Douglas (hand) all returned to full practice after missing Week 1.

The Titans host the Jacksonville Jaguars (1-0) on Sunday in a divisional game.

–Field Level Media

2019 NFL Draft Preview – WRs

The 2019 receiving class is a mix of size, length and speed, yet most (but not all) are plagued by issues, whether it’s inconsistent quarterback play or injury. Despite those drawbacks, all have remained productive. My (very fictional) crystal ball tells me that at the end of the 2018 collegiate season we’ll be more excited about this year’s crop than last years.
1. A.J. Brown, Ole Miss (6’1″ 225lbs.)
• Though catching passes from multiple quarterbacks in 2017, Brown remained highly productive. Despite lacking in top-end speed, Brown possesses dangerous ability after the catch, running with reckless abandon. His pro comparison is a rich man’s 2010-2011 Hakeem Nicks.
2. N’Keal Henry, Arizona State (6’4″ 216lbs.)
• Long, big-bodied volume catcher with a wide catch radius, Henry does quite well in most 50-50 situations, imposing size on smaller defenders. A former blue-chip recruit, Henry has acrobatic athleticism and makes play-saving adjustments on film. The question he will have to answer is can he separate against speed consistently in 2018?

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3. Deebo Samuel, South Carolina (6’0″ 210lbs.)
• Your quintessential Swiss Army knife. Before suffering a broken leg injury that ended his season in SC’s third game, Deebo accumulated four offensive touchdowns (three receiving, one rushing) and returned both of his two kick return attempts for scores. He could be a special playmaker, but needs to stay healthy.
4. David Sills V, West Virginia (6’4 203lbs.)
• A former quarterback prodigy who committed to USC at the tender age of 13, Sills ultimately wound up in Morgantown and, after a transition year in JUCO, he went on to lead the NCAA in receiving touchdowns (18, tied with Anthony Miller). Though quite raw, if Sills continues to develop and proves he can run a greater variety of routes he will shine at the pro level. He’s already a lethal red zone threat.
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5. Stanley Morgan Jr., Nebraska (6’1″ 195lbs.)
• The focal point of Nebraska’s passing offense in 2017, Morgan’s blend of physicality and inside-outside versatility will assure him of even more responsibility this season. Due for a production bump in Scott Frost’s newly implemented offense, Morgan could become a household name.
Honorable Mention: Marquise Brown, Oklahoma (5’11” 162lbs.)
• This underclassman is one of college football’s fastest offensive players. While size and bulk are concerning, the success of diminutive profiles like Tyreek Hill and Antonio Brown have broken barriers for receivers like Marquise Brown. Lincoln Riley’s offense should give him a good place to showcase his skills.
This is our way-too-early position by position look at the 2019 NFL draft. The previous parts in the series were Quarterbacks and Offensive Tackles.