A.J. Brown’s ‘man among boys’ debut shows potential for ‘really special season’

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The Philadelphia Eagles were one of a few teams to land a premier wide receiver this offseason. They acquired A.J. Brown from the Titans in April and the 25-year-old wideout showed out in his Philadelphia debut.

Matt Harmon and James Koh discussed Brown's Eagles debut and what it means for the wide receiver on Audacy's "Reception Perception: The Show" podcast.

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“A great wide receiver can lift an entire damn offense. I want to start in Philadelphia. A.J. Brown, all you can say is ‘sheesh!’ This dude was an absolute GD monster, bro,” Koh said (1:45 in player above). “13 targets, 10 receptions, 155 (yards), literally carrying Detroit secondary guys 20 yards downfield. It was like a man among boys. He just looked awesome out there.”

Most of Brown's damage was done in the first half. He entered halftime with 128 yards on six catches. According to NFL research, that's the most receiving yards for a non-rookie free agent in his first half with a new team.

“Sometimes a guy can take all of the offseason worries and just crumple them up and just throw them right in the trash, man. I think that’s what A.J. Brown did in Week 1. 44.8% target share for A.J. Brown,” Harmon replied. “It was a carryover of the narrative that we talked about on the Bold Predictions show that Jalen Hurts was just throwing the s–t out of the ball to A.J. Brown in training camp and pretty much to nobody else. That’s a lot of what it looked like in Week 1. Nine targets in the first half, nobody else had more than four. He ran a route on 39 of 44 Jalen Hurts dropbacks.”

The Eagles were around the middle of the pack in neutral passing rate with Hurts’ 44 dropbacks. That’s a good start for Brown and the Philadelphia offense.

“If they are going to play that way, because their offense has been transformed, as you say, by a transformative talent in A.J. Brown, then 100% Brown is ... going to go crazy in this offense,” Harmon said.”

While Brown was a dominant receiver in Tennessee, the Titans were more of a run-first offense with Derrick Henry. It seemed at times that Brown wasn’t a top option for them. Now, with the Hurts-Brown connection in Philadelphia, the sky's the limit.

“If the Eagles are about to a ‘Our universe revolves around A.J. Brown,’ he’s going to have a really special season.”

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