How will the Eagles replace AJ Brown in Wild Card game vs Tampa?
The Philadelphia Eagles will be without star wide receiver, AJ Brown, on Monday Night for their Wild Card round match-up in Tampa against the Buccaneers.
Brown injured his knee in the Eagles Week 18 loss to the Giants in the season finale.
"It was going to be a stretch for A.J. to play, Eagles head coach Nick Sirianni admitted on Saturday. "He did everything he possibly could to get himself ready. Obviously, you all saw the reports. It's not looking like he's going to go, but he fought like crazy to try to do everything he could do to do so, which doesn't surprise me at all about A.J. He's tough and he'd do anything for his teammates. Unfortunately, he won't be able to rip it this week."
So what are they missing?
A guy who caught 106 passes for 1,456 yards and seven touchdowns this season, including nine receptions for 131 yards in the Eagles Week 3 win in Tampa, starting a stretch of six straight games over 125 yards or more.
So how do they replace Brown?
Without Brown, expect the Eagles to use more of Quez Watkins, who caught eight passes for 93 yards and a touchdown with Brown out in Week 18.
Another option would be veteran wide out Julio Jones, who caught twp passes for 34 yards and two touchdowns in Week 18.
For the season, the 34-year-old has just 11 catches for 74 yards and three scores.
What's the impact for the Eagles?
"Mentally, do they even believe they should have been playing that game (Week 18 vs the Giants), all these things are in a players head, said ESPN NFL analyst Teddy Bruschi on NFL Countdown.
The impact could lead to more of a Reliance of the run game. The Eagles dominated the Bucs in Week 3 with 201 yards rushing on 40 carries.
With Brown out, Jalen Hurts nursing a dislocated finger, you could see more of a simplified rushing attack in Tampa.
It is expected that Brown could return to play in the Divisional Round, if the Eagles advance past Tampa.
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