Why Eagles AJ Brown expects DeVonta Smith to dominate in 2022

The addition of AJ Brown should help the Eagles pass this season.

DeVonta Smith should help, too.

“In my opinion, my name is a 1 wide receiver and it goes against No. 2 in the corner,” Brown said on Friday. “I expect my toxicity to dominate.”

Brown is a former Pro Bowler player, the NFL’s No. 1 receiver, and he’s going to get attention. Oftentimes, this means that the Eagles’ opponents will put on their best full-backs this coming season. This was the treatment Smith received in his rookie season and he still managed to mark the franchise for juniors receiving yards.

If the top corners line up against Brown…then they can’t line up against Smith.

So Smith is a year older, wiser and has an easier path to putting up big numbers in 2022. No wonder his new teammate is so optimistic about Smith’s upcoming second season in the NFL.

Although he would be considered No. 2 on this list, Brown believes Smith is the league’s number one legitimate receiver. why?

“Because he’s a really good runner,” Brown said. “Guys early in their careers, year one, year two, are still developing and can run every road in the road tree. It’s just the nuances, things we can all improve that will continue to set our game, keep developing. I think the sky is the limit for my toxicity. I’m excited for the second year, the step he’s taking.”

Smith enters his second season in the NFL with the same attacking scheme and the same midfield. The connection made with Jalen Hurts last year should pay off next season.

“I think with the time that we’ve had, with the actors that we have, I think that’s definitely beneficial to our connection,” Hurts said. “I think it will be useful for the football team.”

As a rookie on a team that ended up getting too heavy as the season went on, Smith still managed to capture 64 passes for 916 yards and 5 touchdowns.

He’s been an impressive and very encouraging rookie season, but the Eagles still think he’s a rookie player.

“His understanding has improved,” said corner back Dariusz Sly. “Like I always told him, man, in college I was a Heisman winner, I was better than everyone else out there. In the league, man, there is no class when it comes to talent. It’s about who does the best technique at the end of the day. I just told him Just make it all look like it is, and make sure you’re just a good, consistent player. He’s doing it very well now.”

The idea that Brown would take the pressure off Smith is very correct. To start last season, Smith was already the top seed for the Eagles and runner-up was Galen Rigor. In the end, Quays Watkins snatched second place from Rigor.

But the Eagles moved from the top four in 2021 (Smith, Rigor, Watkins and Greg Ward) to the top four in 2022 – Brown, Smith, Watkins and Zach Pascal. This is quite an upgrade.

Last year, the Eagles were not shy about the way they planned the match to pass their attack. They wanted to get the ball to Smith and Dallas Guedert. Obviously, having Brown will change that.

So it will be up to the technical staff to feed all the mouths.

“I think with whatever you put into your game plans you have three really good players you have to get on the ball,” said offensive coordinator and playing caller Shane Steichen. “Every game is going to be different. I always say that, there is one football, and you have three really good players along with the other additions we have, so we are working on that every day, and it will happen through training camp and into the season.”

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