Thu, 23 Sep 2021

Jim Wyatt

NASHVILLE - A.J. Brown and Julio Jones were all smiles on Saturday at Titans camp.

Talking at the podium at Saint Thomas Sports Park just minutes apart, Brown was feeling good about his health.

He's been explosive, and pretty much unstoppable, during the first four days of training camp, and, well, he knows it.

"I am pretty sure everybody can tell I am healthy," Brown said with a smile. "And soon, everybody else will know, too.

"I am excited. This is probably one of the first times me going into training camp I am fully healthy. I am flying around, having fun, and making plays. ... My confidence is through the roof."

Jones, meanwhile, is clearly happy about his landing spot.

After being traded to the Falcons to the Titans last month, the fit in Tennessee for the seven-time Pro Bowler has been even better than he expected.

"Just the team, Coach (Mike) Vrabel, everything he has done for me to make the transition for me so easy, my teammates, the staff, everyone has been so welcoming. It feels like home," Jones said. "The transition for me has been very, very easy.

"It feels amazing for me (to be here). It is a great opportunity for me to just showcase my skills, my ability, and what I can do, what I can bring to the game. But, like I said, I can't talk enough about the organization and the team here. It is just family right off the bat. The team camaraderie here, me being a veteran guy going to a new organization, you don't know what to expect, right? But when you get there, it is like, 'Wow.' So, I was blown away when I got here. Now it's just continuing to keep working and creating that family."

Brown and Jones are also happy to be together. After admiring one another from afar in previous years, and becoming friends along the way, they're now locker room mates, and teammates.

With Jones limited early in camp, the two haven't been on the field much in team drills early in camp.

While that time is coming, the two are already having a blast.

"It has been amazing," Jones said of Brown. "I was watching him from afar and now being in the building with him and seeing his work ethic and everything that he does, he is a true professional."

Brown, a Pro Bowler in 2020 after his second straight 1,000-yard season, battled injuries a year ago, from his knees to his ankles. He had surgeries at the start of the offseason, and after rehabbing and missing time in OTAs, he was back on the field for Day 1 of training camp.

Brown said on Saturday he's leaner, and he lost some body fat.

Brown spent part of his offseason campaigning for Jones, Atlanta's all-time career leader in receptions (848), receiving yards (12,896) and 100-yard receiving games (58), and his 60 touchdown receptions rank second.

Now the two are together, and everyone seems happy about it.

"That's another Alpha on the other side of me," Brown said of Jones. "I have to make plays, and I know he is going to make plays. We are going to go tit for tat. I know I don't want to let him down, and I am pretty sure he doesn't want to let me down. We are going to feed off each other.

"I know I have to do my job. He is going to be in the Hall of Fame, so there's a Hall of Fame receiver on the other side. So, (I) know I have to pick my game up - we are going to make each other better. I am excited to have him on my team."

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