It has been almost a whole decade since the Philadelphia Eagles have had a 1,000-yard receiver. The last man to reach that plateau was Jeremy Maclin back in 2014. Fast forward. Here we are a little over eight years later, and now they have two players who have reached the milestone. How about a hand for A.J. Brown and DeVonta Smith?
This is the first time in franchise history that we have seen two players accomplish that feat at the same time. Fans should be excited as it probably won’t be the last time. A.J. and DeVonta should be a force to be reckoned with for years to come.
Let’s hope they carry the momentum they built into the postseason. They and the Eagles’ offense will be a force to be reckoned with if they do.
The Eagles’ Swole Batman and Skinny Batman a.k.a. A.J. Brown and DeVonta Smith, have given Philadelphia a phenomenal dynamic duo.
Brown and Smith are exactly what the doctor ordered for the Eagles and their legions of fans all around the world. Eagles Executive Vice President and General Manager Howie Roseman struck gold by trading up in the 2021 NFL Draft to select ‘Smitty’ with the tenth overall selection. He was already a perfect running mate for Jalen Hurts and proved that in his first full season as a starter.
Smith contributed right away, recording 64 receptions for 916 yards. That’s a franchise record for receiving yards by a rookie as he surpassed the previous mark for receiving yards set by DeSean Jackson in 2008. Smith also pitched in by reaching the end zone five times.
Philly’s strong close to last season would eventually end with a thud. They lost to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the Wild Card Round of the playoffs. This offseason they added the icing to their offensive cake by way of a trade with the Tennessee Titans that brought A.J. Brown into the fold. That brought an eerily similar vibe that brought Terrell Owens into the fold back in 2004.
Somewhere along the line, Darius Slay made a comment suggesting Philly didn't have any 'Robins' on the team and that they only had three 'Batmans'. There's a 'Swole' version (A.J.), one of a slimmer frame (DeVonta), and a 'Fast Batman' (Quez Watkins). The nicknames stuck. So much so that Pro Football Focus added the monikers to each one's page.
Brown, a two-time Pro Bowler was inked to a four-year, $100 million dollar contract extension upon his arrival. That keeps him in the fold until 2027. The decision to do so has already paid dividends (pun intended).
Brown is the perfect number-one receiver to Smith’s 1A. They’re the ‘Swole’ and ‘Skinny’ Batmen. As Darius Slay said, this team doesn’t have a Robin.
In their first year together, as mentioned, both went over 1,000 yards receiving. They also rank first and second in franchise history for single-season receptions. Smith’s 95 snags are a franchise record for wide receivers. A.J.’s total, 88 grabs, ties Irving Fryar for the second-highest single-season total by a wide receiver in franchise history.
A.J. is also the owner of the most receiving yards in franchise history. He broke a record that was held by Mike Quick for almost three decades. A.J., who recently spoke with the media, is taking it all in stride.
“We got a long way to go. We are gonna be here together for a while”.
The Eagles have solidified the receiver position for years to come. The next step in the journey is a playoff game in the Divisional Round.
Both will be looking to prove the regular season was no fluke. The hope is this season ends with a trip to the Super Bowl. If the Birds wind up there, Number 6 and Number 11 figure to have a lot to do with that happening.