NFL.com Predicts A.J. Brown as Eagles Non-QB MVP for 2022 Season
If the Eagles are going to have a special season, they are goin gto need Jalen Hurts to show some improvement over last seasons output.
We all know its a quarterbacks league and you need to have a special player at the position to win. However, its not the only ingredient, as the Eagles proved with Nick Foles leading them to the Lombardi trophy in 2017.
So while Hurts might be the most important, that doesn't mean he is the only important player on the roster.
NFL.com writer Kevin Patra listed one MVP candidate for each NFL team in 2022, taking QBs out of the equation and listed A.J. Brown as the Philadelphia Eagles selection.
Brown, who was acquired in a draft night trade with the Tennessee Titans, could be in store for a big year with DeVonta Smith on the other side.
The veteran missed four games last season with a shoulder injury, but still caught 63 passes for 869 yards and five scores.
Now in 2022, the Eagles may need Brown to elevate his game, giving Hurts a legitimate No. 1 wide receiver in the passing game.
Philly acquired Brown as the big-bodied target who can win over the middle that the offense was sorely missing. The wideout generated 1,000-plus yards in two of his three seasons in Tennessee (only injuries kept him shy of that mark in 2021). Philly hasn't had a 1,000-yard receiver since Jeremy Maclin in 2014. That streak ends in 2022, with Brown becoming a go-to threat who makes life easier on Jalen Hurts.
Being a 1,000 yard receiver would be nothing new to Brown, the 2019 first-round pick had over 1,000 yards in each of his first two seasons in Tennessee.
Entering year four of his NFL career, Brown has 185 catches for 2,995 and 24 touchdowns in his first three seasons in the league in 43 games.
He gives the Eagles a big-play threat and ability to get yards after the catch, an area where he is one of the best in the NFL.
Brown's ability to pick up yards after catch (6.0 YAC per reception since 2019, second-most in the NFL) will give the Eagles extra yards. He should be a dynamo in the RPO game with the ability to win off the line of scrimmage and present a big target. On an Eagles team with talent up and down the roster, Brown's addition makes the most significant difference as he blasts past his previous career highs and hits pay dirt week after week with Philly sprinting back to the postseason.
One area of concern from Tennessee was Brown had surgery on both knees shortly after the Titans lost to the Ravens in the 2021 playoffs. The Eagles didn't seemed to be as concerned, guaranteeing $57 million in a four-year, $100-million extension on draft night.