PHILADELPHIA — Not long after acquiringReceiver A.J. BrownFrom the Tennessee TitansHowie Rosenman, Eagles general manger, told the story about the first time he saw Brown on film during the build up to the draft.
“I think that we were halfway through this first game and Nick [stood up]He said, “I'm fine.” Do you guys have anything? Roseman laughed and said, “I'm going to get some food.” Roseman chuckles, “And I ask Roseman, “Can you get down?” “Can we finish this?” He responds, “Yes.” But, I know this guy.
As the offensive coordinator Indianapolis ColtsSirianni saw Brown twice per year during division-rival Titans games, including November 2020 when Brown had four catches and a touchdown.
Sirianni kept returning to strength and size when talking about Brown's appeal. Brown is a 6-foot-1, 226-pound rockstar. He also mentioned Brown, who is 6-foot-6 and 340-pound. Jordan DavisThe Eagles drafted Connor 13th overall on Thursday. He would be an intimidating duo when they first get on the bus on game day.
This is in stark contrast to the 6-foot-170-pounder DeVonta SmithShe is affectionately called ‘Slim Reaper. Sirianni is thrilled about the pairing because they bring different skill sets.
“That's exactly how it is. He said that Smith and Brown are a great complement. “He's bigger and has a lot more play strength. This is one the NFL's strongest receivers.
There are many things that he can do because of his skill set. He has the play strength and body quickness. But, the greatest asset he has is that he catches everything. We can see him on many routes that are compatible with our offense, which uses that play strength and that quickness. You want guys who can win one on one matches, and this guy has proven in the NFL that they will.
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Quarterback Jalen HurtsBrown and Hurts have been friends for a while. Hurts posted an Instagram picture of Brown and him playing on the field together about a week before the draft. Hurts was missing a larger-bodied receiver that could operate over the middle and generate yards after the catch.
Brown ranked first in average YAC in 2019 (9.0) and eighth in 2020 (6.1) before dropping to 55th in that category last season (3.7), according to ESPN Stats & Information.
Smith was the 10th overall draft pick. He had a strong rookie year, leading the team with receiving yards (916), receptions (64), and touchdowns (5).
Smith, according to the Eagles, has the potential to be No. 1 wideout. The rest of the receiver picture was not as clear. Jalen ReagorHe is having trouble finding his feet. Quez WatkinsA promising, but not proven NFL receiver. They tried to trade Calvin RidleyHe was also offered free-agent before being suspended for the season Christian Kirk, to no avail. Brown is only 24 years of age, but he has a Pro Bowl, and two seasons of 1,000-yard play, which is exactly the type of production they sought.
Brown, according to them, can be a valuable asset in protecting Smith and the offense from a sophomore slump.
“I firsthand saw it with my own eyes.” [Chargers receiver] Keenan AllenHe had some slippage from Year 1 to 2 as defenses were more focused on him. This is going to make it a lot more difficult for defenses with A.J. Sirianni, the Chargers' receivers coaches in 2016-17, stated that Brown was on the other side of him. “I think this most definitely helps our passing game, it helps DeVonta. It's great for the Eagles.
This move comes with some risk. Brown received a four-year extension of $100 million from Philadelphia, which included $57 million guaranteed. Brown was plagued by multiple injuries in 2013, which led to career lows of 869 receiving yards and five touchdowns. Roseman appeared to be reluctant to give up substantial draft and financial resources in order to land Brown — something Roseman was not willing to do just one week ago.
Philadelphia was able to see a yin in Smith's yang. Someone who has a strong relationship with their QB and can seamlessly transition into the offense.
“Coach has vision. Roseman stated that Coach has a vision for how offensively we should look. Roseman also said that Roseman was impressed by Roseman's choice of Roseman.