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Spadaro: A.J. Brown picks up where he left off in 2022

A.J. Brown
A.J. Brown

There are so many weapons in the Eagles' offense and only one football and each one of the players understands that over the course of a 17-game regular season, turns will be taken with regards to who gets the football the most.

These last three games, wins over Tampa Bay, Washington, and the Rams, it's been wide receiver A.J. Brown's turn, and he has produced to the tune of 24 receptions, 433 yards, and two touchdowns. For the season, Brown ranks tied for eighth in the league with 35 receptions, is fourth with 541 yards, is sixth with 26 first downs, and is sixth with 195 yards after the catch.

"Everybody in this offense is going to make plays and you just have to take advantage when your number is called," Brown said. "The nature of our job is that we all want the football, but it's just not going to work that way. We all have to contribute every way we can to help this team win. That's what it is all about, so I know I've had the ball come my way a lot lately and it may not be the case next week. That's just the way it is."

Brown, of course, had a huge impact on the 2022 Eagles, setting a franchise record with 1,496 receiving yards to go along with 11 touchdowns and 88 receptions. He and DeVonta Smith are the perfect tandem, complementing each other and giving defensive secondaries fits.

The challenge this week is significant: The Jets feature an outstanding defense and a pass defense, led by second-year star Sauce Gardner, that has permitted just 204.4 yards per game. New York has allowed only 189 passing yards per game in the last three weeks and in Sunday's win over Denver, quarterback Russell Wilson completed 20 passes for only 196 yards. New York's aggressive front sacked Wilson four times and the back end minimized Denver's weapons and the Jets won their second game of the season.

So, Sunday will be a tough one at MetLife Stadium.

"I think teams want to limit the big plays that this offense makes and they want us to earn everything we get," Brown said. "It's a chess match and all that matters is winning the game, no matter how we do it."

Acquiring Brown on the first night of the 2022 NFL Draft was a masterful move, as he brought another big-play weapon to a developing offense. Brown and quarterback Jalen Hurts developed chemistry immediately and the results from that season speak for themselves.

The two have picked up this season where they left off last year.

"I think we have total confidence in each other," Brown said after Sunday's win over the Rams. "I know my job is to make plays when the ball is thrown to me and when it's not, to help other guys pick up first downs and score points. I feel like I'm in a great groove and it's fun to be out there. This is a fun team and with our offense, we know the sky is the limit.

"We're just trying to get better and keep winning, no matter what it takes."

It could be that Brown on Sunday continues his torrid streak. Or it could be that it's somebody else's turn, and that's fine with No. 11. Whatever it takes to win. That's the mindset.

"Let's keep this thing rolling," he said. "We know it's going to be tough. We know teams are giving us their best shot, so we have to respond and we've done that so far. We're setting out to keep it going that way."

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