During the offseason, the Philadelphia Eagles made it a point to upgrade the weapons around Jalen Hurts. If they were going to commit to him as their starting quarterback, they wanted to make sure that he had the pieces around him to succeed.
So, during the 2022 NFL Draft, they made a splash with their first-round pick. But, instead of selecting a rookie, they used it as part of a trade package to acquire A.J. Brown from the Tennessee Titans.
Brown was seeking a long-term extension, which the Titans were unwilling to pay. He received that extension in the form of a four-year, $100 million deal from the Eagles who were happy to pay him as their new No. 1 receiver.
Hurts had another elite weapon to go with 2021 first-round pick DeVonta Smith, who set a franchise record for receiving yards as a rookie with 916. He caught 64 passes and added four touchdowns.
Brown wasted little time showing the impact that he could have as he got to work in Week 1 against the Detroit Lions. He set a franchise record of his own, catching 10 passes for 155 yards. The yardage was the most ever in an Eagles debut.
Philadelphia was hoping Brown would make their offense more explosive and that is exactly what he has done. Through two weeks, he is leading the NFL with 12 10+ yard catches according to PFF. Ja’Marr Chase is right behind him with 11, while Tyreek Hill, Stefon Diggs and Jaylen Waddle round out the top five with 10, nine and eight respectively.
The Eagles are certainly hoping that there is more of that to come in the coming weeks as they look to cement themselves as one of the best teams in the NFC. Loaded with talent on both sides of the ball, Philadelphia looks like they could make some noise throughout the 2022 campaign.
The addition of Brown is a big reason for that as Hurts has multiple weapons to get the ball to through the air to complement the strong ground game the Eagles possess.