LB Jayon Brown returning to the #Titans on a 1-year deal worth $5.25M, per source. Turned down other offers to return to revamped Titans D and reset his budding market prior to his elbow injury last season.
— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) March 17, 2021
Jayon Brown, Tennessee Titans, Agree to Contract
The Tennessee Titans selected Jayon Brown with the 155th pick in the fifth round of the 2017 NFL Draft. In his rookie season, he did not start any games, though he appeared in all 16 matchups. He picked up a fumble recovery while recording 1.5 sacks, 52 tackles, and one tackle for a loss. Brown played 45% of the defensive snaps in 2017.
The next season, the Titans hired former Houston Texans’ defensive coordinator Mike Vrabel to be the new head coach of the squad. He competed with Will Compton and rookie Rashaan Evans for the starting inside linebacker spot. Vrabel named him the backup inside linebacker behind Compton and Wesley Woodyard.
Brown started his first game in an overtime win against the Philadelphia Eagles in September. Brown started nine of the 16 games he appeared in, in 2018. He recorded his first pick-six off of Indianapolis Colts’ quarterback Andrew Luck. He recorded 6.0 sacks, an interception, two forced fumbles, a fumble recovery, and 97 tackles in the 2018 season. Brown was one of only six NFL linebackers to record at least six sacks, one interception, one forced fumble, and one fumble recovery during the 2018 season. Defensive coordinator Dean Pees mainly used Brown in nickel packages.
The next season, he started 14 games at the inside linebacker spot. He recorded eight pass deflections, one interception, one fumble recovery, and a return for a touchdown, to go along with one sack and 105 tackles. He was apart of the Tennessee Titans squad that eliminated Tom Brady and the New England Patriots from the playoffs in 2019. That was the last game Brady played with the Patriots.
In 2020, Brown’s stats took a dip, due to injury. He recorded only one interception, one sack, and 76 tackles. He also struggled in coverage, giving up five touchdowns, while allowing 42 completions on 58 targets with a 72.4 completion percentage. In Week 11, he suffered a fractured and dislocated elbow, ending his season.
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