Trending: Torrey Smith compares Eagles WR AJ Brown to former Pro Bowl receiver
While relying heavily on the run, Eagles’ WRs combined for just 1,993 yards last season, third-fewest in the NFL.
GM Howie Roseman’s aggressive offseason approach aimed to change that.
The Eagles have notoriously passed on premier WR talent in recent years, most notably DK Metcalf and Justin Jefferson. Instead of taking an unproven talent in the draft, Philadelphia sent first and third-round selections to Tennessee for Pro Bowl WR AJ Brown.
Acquiring Brown was a flashy move, with Philadelphia locking in the elite 25-year-old to a lucrative four-year, $100 million extension. The addition provides an accomplished, big-bodied threat who will bring elite YAC ability to the offense. And it hasn’t taken long for Brown to make an impact in training camp.
Former Eagles WR Torrey Smith was in attendance for yesterday’s practice and came away impressed with the Eagles’ new receiver.
“I had the opportunity to talk to AJ and I was like ‘man, has anyone ever told you you’re like a faster Anquan [Boldin].’ It’s his build; he’s huge. I looked at him, and I spent my first couple years in this league next to Anquan Boldin every single day, and the minute I walked out on that field I was like ‘he’s a more explosive Anquan.’
And that says a lot because I think Anquan’s a Hall of Fame player. But just watching him move and the way they could use him, there’s so many different things that he can do. Huge pickup for the team and I’m excited to watch him work.” — via Jakib Media Sports
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That’s quite the praise from the two-time Super Bowl champion. Anquan Boldin was known for using his size to beat defenders, earning his way to three Pro Bowls, an Offensive Rookie of the Year award, and the 2015 Walter Payton Man of the Year award.
If AJ Brown can come anywhere near Boldin’s career numbers (1,076 receptions, 13,779 yards and 82 TDs), Philadelphia should be in playoff contention for years to come. Brown has caught 185 passes for 2,995 yards and 24 TDs over his first three seasons in the league.