With the Titans coming into town, all eyes are on A.J. Brown. It doesn’t matter that the Eagles are fighting for the number one seed in the NFC. It doesn’t matter that the Titans are finally finding their footing for this season. The only thing that matters is that number 11 is in midnight green instead of Titans blue.
Titans Head coach Mike Vrabel once declared that A.J. brown would not be traded as long as he was the Head coach. Well, he’s still the head coach and his number-one receiver was traded to the Philadelphia Eagles on draft night for a first and third-round pick.
Shortly after the trade was announced, the Eagles inked A.J. Brown to a four-year contract extension worth $100 million which included $57 million in guaranteed money. The Eagles haven’t handed out that kinda money to WR before but they did so for the right guy. Brown isn’t your typical wide receiver.
Since joining the Eagles, A.J. Brown has been an incredible addition, to say the least. He’s helped elevate the WR room to a level of efficiency that hasn’t been around since God knows when. Brown has done more than just his part this season as he’s collected 831 receiving yards on 53 receptions so far. He also has seven receiving touchdowns which are a team-high as well.
A.J. Brown’s impact on the Eagles
But it’s more than just the numbers when it comes to Brown’s arrival. It’s the attitude, the drive, and the impact of his presence. He’s helped elevate Jalen Hurts to the next level of QB play. With Brown on the field, Hurts has been as efficient as ever. He’s even jumped into the conversation for MVP.
Brown’s impact can also be seen in how his counterparts are playing. We’ve also seen an elevation in the play of DeVonta Smith, whose catch percentage has jumped from 61.5% to 70.9%. We also witnessed his effect on Quez Watkins during the matchup on Sunday Night.
Brown’s thing has been helping the wide receivers to bring up their hands late which would allow them to throw off the defender. On a touchdown pass against the Packers, you can see Watkins following that thought. He completely lost Rasul Douglas when he turned around late and caught the ball for the score.
While Brown will forever be remembered for his incredible plays with the Titans, his true growth will be here in Philadelphia. He’s embraced the culture and has been a perfect fit for the team. His level of play has given the franchise a potential future Hall of Famer.
On Sunday, Brown will be lined up against his first love. The team that believed in him and drafted him. For Titans fans, the idea will be to beat the Eagles and humiliate Brown in the process but for A.J. Brown, the focus will be on adding another W to the win column while doing the best that he can…with a little edge of course.
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