How AJ Brown fits into the “vision” of Galen Hurts and the Philadelphia Eagles when attacking – Philadelphia Eagles Blog

Philadelphia – Not long after you get the receiver AJ Brown Of the Tennessee Titans Thursday night for picks 18 and 101 in the NFL draft, Eagles general manager Howie Roseman told the story of the first time he and coach Nick Sirianni saw Brown together during the lead-up to the draft.

“I think we were in the middle of the first match and Nick [stood up] And she went, ‘I’m fine. Do you guys need anything?’ Roseman said with a laugh, ‘I’ll get something to eat.’ And I went, ‘Can you sit down? Can we finish this?’ And he goes, ‘I will.’ But I know this guy.”

As the offensive coordinator for the Indianapolis Colts, Siriani saw Browns twice a year when they played with the division’s rival Titans, including in November of 2020, when the Browns had four catches for 98 yards and a touchdown and added a TD.

Siriani went on to return to size and strength when describing what he loved about Brown, who records at 6ft 226lbs. He stated that Brown is 6 feet 6 and 340 pounds Jordan DavisDrafted by the Eagles for 13th on Thursday, they will serve as a fearsome duo as the first to leave the bus on game day.

This stands in contrast to 6ft 170lbs Defonta Smith, affectionately known as the Slim Reaper. They bring different skill sets to the table, which is a big reason Sirianni is so excited about the pairing.

“That’s exactly what it is,” he said of Brown and Smith. “It’s a good supplement.” “He’s a bigger guy with a lot of power to play. That’s one of the strongest receivers in the NFL.

“There are a lot of different things that because of his skills, because of that power of play, because of the speed of the body he has, and then his biggest asset… so many different ways that go with our attack that use that power of play, that use that speed. You want guys who can Winning singles matches, and this guy has shown in the NFL that he will win one-on-one matches.”

quarterback Galen Hurts And Brown are friends. About a week before the draft, Hurts posted a photo on Instagram of him and Brown working in the field together. The only thing Hurts missed last season was a larger receiver that could consistently run over center and create yards after the hunt.

Brown ranked first in the YAC average in 2019 (9.0) and eighth in 2020 (6.1) before dropping to 55th in that category last season (3.7), according to ESPN statistics and information.

Smith, the 10th overall pick in the 2021 draft, had a solid rookie season, leading the team in receptions (64), receiving yards (916) and receiving touchdowns (5).

The Eagles believe Smith has the talent to be #1 on the scale. But the rest of the receiver image is still shaky, with Galen Rigor Having trouble finding his feet and Quiz Watkins A promising but unproven NFL receiver. Try to trade for Calvin Ridley Before he was suspended from the season and also made a free agent offer Christian Kirk, but to no avail. Even though he’s only 24 years old, Brown has a Pro Bowl nod and a pair of 1,000-yard seasons under his belt, the kind of production that then proved.

What’s more, they think Brown can help protect Smith and crime from a major sophomore slump.

“I saw it myself [Chargers receiver] Kenan Allen, he had a bit of slippage from year one to year two because the defences were putting pressure on him a little bit more. Well, that would make it very difficult for defenses to tackle a proven good like AJ Brown on the other side of him,” said Siriani, who was the Chargers receiver coach in 2016-2017. I think more than definitely this helps our game with scrolling, and that helps DeVonta. This is good for eagles only.”

This step is not without risks. Philadelphia handed Brown a four-year, $100 million extension that includes a guaranteed $57 million. Brown struggled with multiple injuries last year, leading to a poor pickup career (869) and touchdowns (5). They have given up recruiting and significant financial resources to land it – something Rosman seemed to loathe just a week ago.

But Philadelphia saw Yen Smith, someone who has a lasting relationship with QB and a player who could move on to the offense seamlessly.

“The coach has a vision,” Roseman said. “He has a vision of what we would look like offensively, and this guy was a good fit for us.”

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