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Where exactly does A.J. Brown help the Eagles? | #FlyEaglesFly



A draft-day trade saw the Eagles bolster their wide receiver group with a superstar. The team took advantage of the opportunity created by the stalemate over Brown's contract renewal with the Tennessee Titans and acquired his services during the Draft night. Strong and athletic, Brown instantly became Philadelphia's top wide receiver.


Under the circumstances that the 2021 season presented for Philadelphia, they could win games running the ball without a consistent passing offense. But in 2022, it will not work. The team gave Jalen Hurts another year to show improvement, trusting that, with more reps and experience, he can correct his two biggest flaws: lack of anticipation in passes and slow progression of reads. Personally, after what we saw the previous year, I have doubts that he can improve enough.



The Eagles enter the season with a great starting receiving duo. A.J. Brown and DeVonta Smith complement each other: the veteran arrives to help Hurts as a physical target and will make his living with routes that involve cuts to the middle of the field, while Smith shines with speed and agility on the outside.


Throwing into the middle was a considerable problem for the Philadelphia Eagles in 2022, and that's where the arrival of A.J. Brown makes himself so important. Jalen Hurts sought that part of the field on just 10% of his passes, by far the lowest mark in the league - the 2nd lowest in that stat was 16%. Brown's strength and athleticism will go a long way towards making this track more exploitable, as, since the Tennessee Titans days, the receiver has excelled a lot on routes that cut to the middle - slants, ins, drags, digs, etc.


Despite Hurts' stature being a limiting factor, the trend in this stat points to improvement. Brown will feast on targets in the middle of the field.