6 Eagles on Thin Ice Heading Into the Playoffs

These six Eagles are on thin ice as the team stumbles into the playoffs on the heels of a 1-5 stretch

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3. A.J. Brown, Wide Receiver

In need of a No. 1 wideout, the Eagles made a blockbuster trade during the 2022 NFL Draft when they sent a first-round pick to the Tennessee Titans in exchange for A.J. Brown. The former Ole Miss standout had 2,995 yards and 24 touchdowns in three years for the Titans but they weren't ready to commit long-term.

That proved to be a mistake since Treylon Burks, who they selected with the Eagles pick, has been a bust while Brown has taken off.

Brown had 88 receptions for 1,496 yards and 11 touchdowns in his first season with the Eagles while averaging 17 yards per catch. He was a complete game-changer and continued to take flight in 2023 with 106 catches for 1,456 yards and seven touchdowns.

So how is it that he's on thin ice with those numbers? It's because he hit a wall after an insane run in the middle of the season.

There was a six-game stretch where Brown had at least 125 yards from Week 3 through Week 8. He had 831 yards, which was 57 percent of his production, during that streak. He even scored five of his seven touchdowns in those six games as well — 71 percent of his scores.

Since then, he's had just one game with more than 100 yards which was in the loss to San Francisco. Over the past four weeks, he had outings where he finished with 56 and 53 yards and had just one catch for nine yards before being hurt in the finale.

Brown hasn't crossed the end zone since their win against Buffalo either, making it a six-game drought. Throw in the "bad body language" and the star receiver needs to find a way to fix his image in the playoffs or the critics will be out in full force.