By Max Harper
There has been a predictable amount of (take your pick) pearl-clutching and bed-wetting among Eagles fans and the lame-ass local media after their loss Monday night to the Commanders.
Probably because it was their first loss of the season.
And also because AJ Brown was a non-event.
So, we turn to our old reliable, Brian Baldinger, for some straight talk, which can be found on Football Stories:
Regardless of how it went down the Birds would not be 8-1 without the services of AJ.
Ironically, I am writing this two days after he caught 1 pass for seven yards in a loss to the Commanders on MNF.
Perhaps that is the most alarming stat, 1-7 yards, as to why the Eagles lost their first game.
The reality is A.J. is a true No. 1 wide receiver in every sense.
He has the size you are looking for at over 6-feet tall and a chiseled 230 pounds.
He is very strong and very powerful that shows up in many ways.
His ability to pull the ball away from defenders, i.e. Minkah Fitzpatrick, in the end zone of a three TD first half left Minkah dazed and confused.
He has rare ability to drag defenders after the catch due to his power and to run through would-be tacklers that have led to his gaudy 16.5 yards per catch, second only to Jaylen Waddle’s 17.2
The Birds call lots of plays for him leaving him on the single receiver side to work on the corner to that side.
All of the above is important, but nothing really gets done without the trust of the QB, Jalen Hurts.
As we have found out since the day of the trade, Jalen and AJ are best friends.
So much so that Jalen is the godfather to A.J.’s daughter.