A.J. Brown Fantasy Outlook 2022: Eagles 'Committed to Manufacturing Touches for' WR

Rob Goldberg@@TheRobGoldbergFeatured Columnist IVAugust 23, 2022

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A.J. Brown is going to get the ball early and often in his first year with the Philadelphia Eagles.

"The Eagles are committed to manufacturing touches for Brown—especially those that give him the ball in the open field where Brown can run after the catch," Zach Berman of The Athletic reported.

Berman added there are "no such concerns" about an acclimation period after changing teams.

Brown reached 1,000 receiving yards in each of his first two seasons with the Tennessee Titans, but he had a down 2021 campaign with only 63 catches for 869 yards and a career-low five touchdowns. The Eagles will give him a chance to bounce back in 2022 after acquiring him in a draft-day trade and making him their No. 1 receiving option.

However, Brown may have limited opportunities to make plays.

Philadelphia ranked last in the NFL in passing attempts last season, and the coaching staff will likely still try to keep 2021 first-round pick DeVonta Smith involved after his strong rookie year. Tight end Dallas Goedert is also certain to get his fair share of targets.

Brown should get more than the 105 targets he received last year, which was tied for only 34th in the NFL alongside Chase Claypool. The Eagles will also give him plenty of chances for yards after the catch as he forces his way toward the end zone.

The one-time Pro Bowler would still need elite efficiency to reach WR1 status or even be a high-end WR2.


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