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AJ Brown makes admission about facing Titans

AJ Brown warms up before a game

Tennessee Titans wide receiver A.J. Brown (11) warms up before the game against the Chicago Bears at Nissan Stadium Sunday, Nov. 8, 2020 in Nashville, Tenn. Credit: George Walker IV / Tennessean.com via Imagn Content Services, LLC

A.J. Brown’s trade from the Tennessee Titans to the Philadelphia Eagles was one of the stories of the offseason, and that was not lost on Brown when he faced his former team for the first time on Sunday.

Brown erupted for eight catches, 119 yards, and two touchdowns in a 35-10 victory. The wide receiver did not hide the fact that the game meant a little bit extra to him when speaking afterward.

“This one meant a lot to me,” Brown said, via Michael Baca of NFL.com. “Early on, I had mixed emotions about the trade and everything. I’d be lying to you if I said I didn’t circle this game.”

If Brown was extra-motivated, it certainly showed. The Eagles were dominant, with Brown at the center of the offense. He has been everything the Eagles could have hoped for when they made the move to get him.

Brown’s exit from Tennessee was not a completely amicable one, so this will probably hurt for Titans fans. From Brown’s perspective, that is likely just another bonus.

AJ Brown calls out NFL over timing of drug test

AJ Brown warms up before a game

Tennessee Titans wide receiver A.J. Brown (11) warms up before the game against the Chicago Bears at Nissan Stadium Sunday, Nov. 8, 2020 in Nashville, Tenn. Credit: George Walker IV/Tennessean.com via Imagn Content Services, LLC

AJ Brown had his best game as a member of the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday, and the star wide receiver thinks those who are in charge of the NFL’s drug testing program took note.

Brown torched the Pittsburgh Steelers defense for 6 catches, 156 yards and three touchdowns in Philadelphia’s 35-13 win. That was the first time he eclipsed the 100-yard mark since Week 1. On Monday morning, Brown was ordered to submit to a random drug test. He hinted on Twitter that he did not think there was anything random about it.

“I would have a drug test this morning huh lol … Rogerrrrr this is not random @NFL,” Brown wrote.

Brown has always been skeptical of the NFL’s drug testing program, which is supposed to be completely random. He also called out the league prior to the 2021 season for testing him so many times.

There have been plenty of players over the years who felt their drug tests were not truly random. We saw a similar reaction from Cleveland Browns star Myles Garrett last season when the league drug tested him after he dressed a certain way in a game.

AJ Brown makes big claim about trying to play two sports

AJ Brown warms up before a game

Tennessee Titans wide receiver A.J. Brown (11) warms up before the game against the Chicago Bears at Nissan Stadium Sunday, Nov. 8, 2020 in Nashville, Tenn. Credit: George Walker IV / Tennessean.com via Imagn Content Services, LLC

Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver AJ Brown is clearly thriving in his NFL career, but he had legitimately bigger ambitions earlier this year.

Brown was one of a handful of NFL players that pitched their services as MLB was enduring a lockout. Brown posted a video of himself taking some swings in the batting cage and tagged the San Diego Padres in the post, the team that actually drafted him in the 18th round of the 2016 MLB Draft. Brown had also alluded to playing both sports professionally in a tweet from January.

In a new interview, Brown said he was completely serious about playing both sports, and that he even spoke with the Padres about doing so. However, the organization ultimately nixed the plan, as Brown was unwilling to give up his NFL career.

“I was dead serious,” Brown told Martin Frank of the Delaware News Journal. “(The Padres) had reached out to me. They were about to invite me to spring training. They were just waiting on an answer from me.

“They were telling me if I’m (still) going to play football, then I can’t play baseball. I can’t just play around with (baseball). So it kind of killed my chances for the moment.”

Brown did leave the door open to playing baseball once he is done playing football. Unless the 25-year-old wide receiver plans to end his NFL career in his prime, however, that is a long way off.

For now, Brown has little reason to be dissatisfied with his NFL career. The contract issues he had with the Tennessee Titans are a thing of the past, and he has already tallied 224 receiving yards on 15 catches through just two weeks with the Eagles. No use messing with a good thing.

AJ Brown shares surprising reason he does not like social media

AJ Brown warms up before a game

Tennessee Titans wide receiver A.J. Brown (11) warms up before the game against the Chicago Bears at Nissan Stadium Sunday, Nov. 8, 2020 in Nashville, Tenn. Credit: George Walker IV / Tennessean.com via Imagn Content Services, LLC

AJ Brown was just as dominant in his first game with the Philadelphia Eagles last week as he was in his three seasons with the Tennessee Titans, but the star wide receiver does not want to hear people talk about how good he is.

Brown told reporters on Friday that he has deleted social media apps from his phone. While most players who make similar decisions are tired of reading and listening to negativity, Brown had a much different reason for wanting to stay away from Twitter. He is sick of the praise.

Brown was a beast in his regular-season debut with the Eagles. He caught 10 passes for 155 yards in a 38-35 win over the Detroit Lions. He’s right that there were a lot of positive tweets about him floating around, so perhaps he did not want them to inflate his ego.

Eagles fans have to love hearing that mindset from their new addition.

AJ Brown had unfortunate mishap before Eagles practice

AJ Brown warms up before a game

Tennessee Titans wide receiver A.J. Brown (11) warms up before the game against the Chicago Bears at Nissan Stadium Sunday, Nov. 8, 2020 in Nashville, Tenn. Credit: George Walker IV / Tennessean.com via Imagn Content Services, LLC

AJ Brown is getting set to play in his first regular season game with the Philadelphia Eagles, but the star wide receiver had to overcome an unfortunate obstacle during his preparation on Friday.

A photo that made the rounds from the Eagles’ practice on Thursday showed Brown looking out of breath while the rest of his teammates were in the middle of a drill. Brown sent a tweet saying he got stung by a bee 15 minutes before the start of practice and the photo showed him trying to control his breathing. He said he needed an EpiPen shot because he is allergic to bees, though he later deleted the tweet.

Brown was still able to practice. He told reporters that was the first time he had been stung since he was 5 years old, so he was unsure how his body would react.

Brown then sent a tweet making light of the situation.

The Eagles acquired Brown in a trade with the Tennessee Titans this offseason. He has been one of the most dominant receivers in the NFL when healthy. The 25-year-old should give Jalen Hurts a major boost in the quarterback’s first full season as a starter.

Between Brown getting stung by a bee and the issue Dak Prescott had with his ankle, this has been a tough week of practice for NFC East teams.

AJ Brown has bitter reaction to Deebo Samuel contract extension

AJ Brown warms up before a game

Tennessee Titans wide receiver A.J. Brown (11) warms up before the game against the Chicago Bears at Nissan Stadium Sunday, Nov. 8, 2020 in Nashville, Tenn. Credit: George Walker IV / Tennessean.com via Imagn Content Services, LLC

AJ Brown was traded to the Philadelphia Eagles over three months ago, but he still apparently holds some resentment over not getting a contract extension from the Tennessee Titans.

The Eagles acquired Brown from the Titans during the first day of the 2022 NFL Draft for a first-round pick (No. 18) and third-round pick (No. 101).

The Titans were unwilling to give Brown the massive contract he desired, and Brown appeared to take a shot at his former team on Sunday shortly after the San Fransisco 49ers and Deebo Samuel agreed to an extension.

“Basically all 4 of us got the same contract and I’m the only one got traded…yeah keep believing it was me,” Brown tweeted. “Anywho Go Birds #CarryOn.”

Brown was likely referring to Samuel, Seattle Seahawks receiver DK Metcalf, Washington Commanders receiver Terry McLaurin, and himself in the tweet. All four players got similar contracts this offseason.

Samuel and the 49ers agreed to a three-year contract extension worth up to $73.5 million. Metcalf received a three-year contract extension worth $72 million from Seattle, which included a record $30 million signing bonus for a receiver. McLaurin and the Commanders agreed to a three-year extension worth up to $71 million.

Brown’s issue is with the Titans, and the fact that they did not give him a big-time extension while the Seahawks, 49ers and Commanders did so for their homegrown receivers. After he was traded, the 25-year-old blamed the Titans for the two sides not being able to come to an agreement. Brown said that the organization gave him a low offer, while he reportedly asked for close to $80 million.

While the Titans did not give Brown what he wanted, the Eagles had no issue. After trading for Brown, the two parties agreed to a four-year, $100 million deal with $57 million guaranteed. Brown may have wanted to stay in Tennessee, but by leaving he got exactly what he wanted.

AJ Brown unloads on ‘fake’ report about Jalen Hurts

AJ Brown warms up before a game

Tennessee Titans wide receiver A.J. Brown (11) warms up before the game against the Chicago Bears at Nissan Stadium Sunday, Nov. 8, 2020 in Nashville, Tenn. Credit: George Walker IV/Tennessean.com via Imagn Content Services, LLC

AJ Brown has been with the Philadelphia Eagles for less than three months, but the star wide receiver is already tired of what people are saying about his new quarterback.

Longtime Eagles reporter Derrick Gunn recently shared some concerning information about Jalen Hurts during his “Sports Take” show with co-hosts Rob Ellis and Barrett Brooks. He said he spoke with people connected to the Eagles in late May about Hurts’ progress and was told the former Alabama star has “got a ways to go.” Gunn said one person told him there was a 10-play stretch during OTAs where Hurts threw three interceptions, four incomplete passes and was sacked three times.

Brooks said he has heard the same concerns about Hurts. On Monday, Brown took to Twitter to mock what he referred to as “fake” information. The receiver questioned how Hurts could be sacked in 7-on-7 drills when there is no pass rush. Brown then sarcastically showed off his knowledge of Eagles history.

If the Eagles are concerned about Hurts, they certainly have not been letting on publicly. Head coach Nick Sirianni praised Hurts last month for one big change he has seen in the third-year QB. There was also a recent report that Philly will likely give Hurts a massive contract extension a year from now, though that obviously will depend upon how he plays this season.

Hurts has a big opportunity to prove he can be a viable NFL starter in 2022. Now that he has Brown to throw to, the expectations will be even higher.

Titans legend had hilarious response to AJ Brown tweet

AJ Brown smiles during a game

Dec 20, 2020; Nashville, Tennessee, USA; Tennessee Titans wide receiver A.J. Brown (11) talks with teammates on the bench during the second half against the Detroit Lions at Nissan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

AJ Brown caused a stir on social media Friday by dubbing himself the best wide receiver in Tennessee Titans franchise history. Another who could plausibly lay claim to that title had something to say about it after seeing that.

Brown responded to a critical tweet from a fan by calling himself “the best receiver to play for your franchise.” Naturally, that response provoked something of an uproar on social media, with many quick to dispute Brown’s assertion.

One name that came up was that of Derrick Mason, who played eight years with the Titans at the start of his career and was a two-time Pro Bowler and former All-Pro with the franchise. Mason is sixth in Titans franchise history in both touchdown catches and receiving yards, and many would point to him as the modern-day standard for Tennessee wide receivers.

Naturally, Brown’s tweet found its way to Mason, who issued an absolutely hilarious response.

Mason is dismissive of the debate here, but the reference to a “delusional tweet” certainly suggests he is not on board with Brown’s self-appointed title.

Brown, of course, probably won’t care. He’s seemingly been at war with Titans fans ever since he was traded to the Philadelphia Eagles. He probably isn’t interested in hearing their opinion on this one.

AJ Brown takes brutal shot at Titans fan over Twitter

AJ Brown warms up before a game

Tennessee Titans wide receiver A.J. Brown (11) warms up before the game against the Chicago Bears at Nissan Stadium Sunday, Nov. 8, 2020 in Nashville, Tenn. Credit: George Walker IV / Tennessean.com via Imagn Content Services, LLC

AJ Brown is stepping back into the ring with the Tennessee Titans fanbase.

The new Philadelphia Eagles receiver took to Twitter over the weekend to shared a supposed fact that he had learned about the weather.

Brown got blowback from one Titans fan in particular who told Brown to stay off social media as he was making himself look like a “stupid villain.”

The Pro Bowl receiver then hit back in a savage tweet. “For the love of God, I was the best receiver to play for your franchise,” Brown wrote. “Shut up and move on. You mad at the wrong person.”

Brown was drafted by the Titans in 2019 and spent the first three seasons of his career with them before being traded to the Eagles this past April. While Brown was prone to injuries and the occasional dud game, he did have two of the eight best receiving seasons in Tennessee’s franchise history (not counting the Houston Oilers era).

Having gotten frustrated with his Titans contract this offseason, Brown was traded and received a new four-year, $100 million deal from Philadelphia upon arriving there. Tennessee fans still blame Brown for his departure though, something that Brown had previously put them on blast for.

A.J. Brown shares expectations for 1 Eagles teammate

AJ Brown warms up before a game

Tennessee Titans wide receiver A.J. Brown (11) warms up before the game against the Chicago Bears at Nissan Stadium Sunday, Nov. 8, 2020 in Nashville, Tenn. Credit: George Walker IV / Tennessean.com via Imagn Content Services, LLC

A.J. Brown expects fellow Philadelphia Eagles receiver DeVonta Smith to have a dominant sophomore season.

Speaking to the media after workouts on Friday, Brown said that Smith can be a true No. 1 receiver. He also said that he and Smith can be a special duo at the position.

“In my opinion, Smitty is a wide receiver No. 1,” Brown said, via NFL.com. “And he going against a cornerback No. 2, I expect Smitty to dominate. Just taking pressure off each other. Even being on the same sides, so you can’t really double. It’s great having another great wideout besides you.”

The Philadelphia Eagles traded a first-round pick to the Tennessee Titans for Brown during the first round of the 2022 NFL Draft.

Brown also highlighted Smith’s route-running ability.

“He’s a really good route runner,” Brown said. “Guys early on in their career, like first year, Year 2, they’re still developing and he can run every route in the route tree. I think the sky’s the limit for Smitty. So, I’m excited for him Year 2. I’m excited for the steps he takes.”

Smith shared a similar excitement towards playing with Brown soon after Brown was traded.

Brown has previous experience playing with top-tier receivers. He got to share the field with former All-Pro Julio Jones in 2021, although Jones had a difficult time staying healthy.

The 23-year-old Smith had an encouraging rookie season last year. In 17 games, Smith led all Eagles receivers in receptions (64), yards (916) and touchdowns (five).

Brown, 24, has been one of the more productive wide receivers in the league since 2019. In three years with the Titans, he had 185 receptions for 2,995 yards and 24 touchdowns. He led the Titans with 869 receiving yards on 63 catches in 13 games last season, and scored five touchdowns.

Both played like No. 1 receivers last season and have the ability elevate the play of quarterback Jalen Hurts and the entire Philadelphia offense.