A Philadelphia Eagles star player said something this week that should put the rest of the NFC East — specifically defensive backs in the NFC East — on alert.
Wide receiver AJ Brown, a player the Eagles traded for earlier this offseason, told reporters that one of his main objectives this season is picking up extra yards after the catch.
“Whenever I got the ball in my hands, I’m thinking how can I turn this play into 10 extra yards,” said Brown on Tuesday. “That’s my first initial thought whenever I get the ball, I got to get 10 every time I touch it. And if I actually get 10, I make it go 30, or however long.”
This isn’t just lip service from Brown. It’s not some random quote from a player during camp that will be forgotten by the time the season starts.
Nope. Brown is a legitimate threat to pick up significant chunks of yardage after every ball he catches. And it doesn’t really matter if there’s a defender there waiting — Brown has shown he can easily shed tackles in the open field.
Just check out this touchdown from his time with the Tennessee Titans.
My favorite AJ Brown play from the 2020 season:— Titans Tape (@TitansTape) March 13, 2021
– 3rd & 10, down by five with 2 minutes left in the game
– Takes a slant and breaks through four tackles for a TD
– Makes a big time play for the team with the game on the line pic.twitter.com/V3UGSPI70C
I mean, good luck if you’re a defensive back going up against Brown. His physicality combined with his mindset makes him a nightmare in the open field.
Plenty of folks have crowned the Dallas Cowboys as the NFC East champions before the season has ever started. I have a feeling Brown and the Eagles are going to have something to say about that this season via their play on the field.
Featured image via Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports