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What new Tennessee Titans wide receiver Treylon Burks said about replacing A.J. Brown

Ben Arthur
Nashville Tennessean
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New Tennessee Titans wide receiver Treylon Burks said he won’t put additional pressure on himself to replace A.J. Brown. 

The Titans on the first day of the 2022 NFL Draft on Thursday selected Burks with the 18th overall pick, which was received from the Philadelphia Eagles in the blockbuster trade for Brown. A 2020 Pro Bowler, Brown was Tennessee’s leading receiver the last three seasons. 

Burks, who starred at Arkansas for three years, will be expected to play an integral role replacing that production as a rookie.  

"I'm myself, I'm Treylon Burks,” Burks said on a Zoom call with reporters. “Usually I don't compare myself to anyone because I'm myself. There's no other person like me and I handle my business the right way, and that's what I'm going to do.”

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Draft pundits have frequently compared Burks to Brown. He’s a bigger receiver – listed at 6-foot-3 and 225 pounds – that plays with physicality; a threat breaking tackles and in yards-after-the-catch. He led the SEC last season with 22 plays of 20-plus yards, according to The Athletic. 

Burks had 66 receptions for 1,104 yards and 11 touchdowns last season. His six 100-yard receiving games in 2021 set an Arkansas record. 

“I would say big, fast, physical and fearless,” Burks said. “That's my main thing. My great grandpa always told me to be fearless, because out there on the field, everybody is human. That's a man just like I'm a man across from me, and just go play my game and be myself.”

Burks said being teammates with Brown had been a “dream.” He watched his highlights. Mimicked parts of his game. 

Now, he’ll be asked to replace him.

Burks intends to do so as himself. 

“I'm just thankful for the opportunity that they believed in me to make that trade and believe in me to go out there and represent the organization like it's supposed to be represented,” Burks said. “That's what I'm going to do. … That was one of my dreams, to also play with Brown. But I'm going to do what I do best and just go out there and play football.”

Ben Arthur covers the Tennessee Titans for The USA TODAY Network. Contact him at barthur@gannett.com and follow him on Twitter at @benyarthur.

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