PHILADELPHIA– Jalen Hurts has a trio of winged receivers – bats, in this case as many as eagles – on offense and ready to sock! phew! bam! their way to the end zone against Minnesota.
Who are these masked men?
Eagles cornerback Darius Slay sees a twist on the popular Spider-Man pointing meme on the field, with only three receivers each able to make a claim as the team’s “Batman.”
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As with AJ Brown, his tinted visor may obscure his eyes, but his numbers shot up in a win over Detroit with 10 receptions for 155 yards and tied his career to a high. Or Devonta Smith, who set a team rookie record for 916 yards last year. And Quez Watkins, who had a 91-yard catch last season.
“I know you all see him with the dark visor, he just looks like a swollen ‘Batman,'” Slay said of Brown. “You all can’t tell me he doesn’t look like a fat ‘Batman.’ DeVonta is a skinny ‘Batman’. Quez is a fast “Batman”. We have three Batmans on the team, one big, one skinny, one fast.”
But there is only one ball. So which receiver is “Robin”?
“No Robins. We don’t have any buddies,” Slay said. “We have nothing but Batmans. These guys fly. Let it fly.”
The Eagles could have some fun on a dark night (at least under the lights) in Philadelphia.
“We’re going to bring a cape or something if we get a touchdown,” Brown said. “We’ll try to have fun with it, that’s all.”
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Brown was an instant hit in his first game with the Eagles — yes, he was the bane of Detroit’s existence — who immediately seemed worthy of the four-year deal he signed with the franchise after being acquired by Tennessee in a draft-day trade was. His 155 yards was the most by an Eagle since Alshon Jeffery had eight catches for 160 yards with the Los Angeles Rams in December 2018. And that was the most yards a player received in his Eagles debut.
Philly gushed about Brown. He just wasn’t listening.
Brown insisted he wasn’t scrolling through the 280-character Twitter bursts or reading the 650-plus comments on last week’s Instagram post. At a time when some celebrities are slamming social media, Brown said he couldn’t bring himself to read his reviews because they were too positive.
“I don’t believe my own hype,” Brown said. “I have to come in and work every day. It can definitely come to mind. Everyone wants to hear good things about them. I’m just trying to focus on myself for a game or practice. I’m preparing for it. I don’t want it to come from an outsider.”
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Brown is part of a Monday night matchup featuring two of the league’s top receivers.
Justin Jefferson, famously passed over by the Eagles in the 2020 draft, scored two touchdowns in the opener against Green Bay last week as he dominated the Packers for 184 yards in a 23-7 win.
“I’ve always tried to go where my reads take me and I think it’s more of a manager’s credit when the ball goes to Justin and being able to keep going to him,” Kirk Cousins said by Vikings QB. “But once it’s marked, I’ll go somewhere else. I won’t try to force the ball for him, but if it’s open we’ll certainly try to give him the ball.”
Eagles coach Nick Sirianni has watched Jefferson since the receiver put on an outstanding performance for LSU in the national championship game to close out the 2019 season.
“I’ve always admired and respected his game. He raises a lot of problems,” said Sirianni. “He’s a great footballer and we have some great footballers too. Yes, he has a great game.”
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