The Titans haven't had much opportunity to see their entire passing offense together this season.
But Monday night when they face the Buffalo Bills, the pieces will finally be in place as both A.J. Brown and Julio Jones are expected to start and play for Tennessee.
“I'm excited. With Julio coming back this week, it gives us an advantage because teams have to respect him. But we've got to make plays. That's what it comes down to,” said Brown, who returned last week against Jacksonville in limited fashion after missing the Jets game with a hamstring injury.
Jones, who battled hamstring problems of his own in Atlanta last year, has missed the past two games after tweaking his right hamstring against Indianapolis back on Sept 26. But he has practiced fully this week, and pronounced himself ready to return for Monday night.
“For me, I'm great. You can't get distracted by the things that happen within the game. But I feel great. I did everything I needed to do and I'm ready to go,” said the veteran wide receiver, who termed his ailment as “tightness” in the hamstring.
Brown alluded to the fact that he might still be on a pitch count, so to speak, but said he needs to make the most of every snap he gets on the field.
“I want to be out there every snap. I know that'll come by like week 10, because they won't allow me,” he said with a bit of a smile and perhaps a hint of joking. “But whenever I'm in there, I've got to do what I've got to do and try to preserve energy and make plays whenever I'm in there. When you get to the end of the year, you want to be rolling and having all your guys on the field.”
Coach Mike Vrabel downplayed Brown's assessment of being on a snap count, however, saying, “These are all things that are new to me. We take the guys out when they are tired, and we have to focus on our conditioning. We want our best players to be in there as much as they can be in there. That is usually good for the team.”
Jones said he believes that he and quarterback Ryan Tannehill have done enough in practice this week that the two will be able to pick up where they left off before Jones' injury.
“I wouldn't say it's easy, and I wouldn't say it's hard. You just have to come in here and put the work in and I feel like we've done so,” Jones said.