AJ Brown opens up about his frustration during Saturday night’s game vs. Giants
If there’s one constant among every wide receiver who’s ever played in the NFL, it’s that they want the ball. Eagles WR1 AJ Brown is no different.
During the team’s divisional round demolition of the New York Giants, Brown was visibly frustrated on the sideline. Even though his team cruised to a 38-7 victory, Brown finished with just three catches for 22 yards.
It was an uncharacteristically quiet night for the wideout, who broke the Eagles single-season record for receiving yards during the regular season with 1,496.
Instead of airing the ball all over the field, Shane Steichen and Co. relied on their running game. It was obviously the correct route to take, as the Eagles offense racked up 268 yards on the ground.
When speaking with media members for the first time since Saturday, AJ Brown opened up a bit on his frustration and tried to clear the air.
“I’m never the receiver to go on the sideline or try to cause problems on the sideline. I’m not that guy,” AJ Brown said Wednesday. “I think that’s what you could describe as a diva, but I’m not that person.”
In the end, Brown just wanted to help his team anyway he could. He even played a key role in the running game, throwing out solid blocks down field all night.
“They throw the ball to me 100 times, I’m going to want it 101 times,” AJ Brown added. “Me personally, I just feel like I can change the game at any moment. Getting the ball often keeps you going, keeps you in a rhythm. It definitely puts you in a zone, you’re locked in. Of course I want the ball.”
Head coach Nick Sirianni immediately went to bat for his No. 1 wideout following the game, telling reporters, “Of course he’s always going to want the ball. He’s a really good player.”
None of us should read too much into this. Brown just wanted the ball a little bit more. It’s not like he was chasing down his quarterback mid-game, harassing him until he got the ball. He’s not T.O.
Like AJ Brown said, “I’m not that person.”
AJ Brown and Jalen Hurts are still boys. He’s not going to force his way out of this city. And he sure as hell isn’t going to square up with any of his fellow teammates. Everything’s fine. Carry on.
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