Eagles All-Pro wide receiver AJ Brown wants to end talk comparing him to CeeDee Lamb.
In a series of since-deleted tweets, Brown said the comparisons are not justified because Lamb’s game is confined to one part of the field.
«He plays slots and I play outside and inside,» Brown wrote.
Brown then suggested that Rams receiver Cooper Kupp would be a more accurate player to compare to Lamb. Kupp was named the 2022 Super Bowl MVP and earned NFL Offensive Player of the Year honors for the 2021 season.
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Kupp mostly lines up in the slot. Brown added that his playing style is very different from the likes of Kupp and Lamb.
«It’s not the same,» Brown said.
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Brown attempted to clarify his comments in a separate tweet, saying he wasn’t «shooting» Lamb «because he’s cold and you know I don’t care about the rivalry either.»
On paper, Brown and Lamb produced similar seasons.
Brown caught 88 passes for 1,496 yards, while Lamb finished with 1,359 yards. Although Lamb accounted for 137 fewer receiving yards, he had more receptions.
Lamb had 107 in 17 regular season games.
However, the differences become more apparent when you take a closer look at the numbers. Lamb accounted for the fifth-most routes out of the slot among receivers last season, according to Pro Football Focus.
His 92 goals and 71 sacks were the third most overall out of the slot.
Brown ran a limited number of slot routes. About 13% of Brown’s catches came from the slot, while a whopping 66% of Lamb’s catches came from the slot.
Slot receivers are often paired up against the nickel cornerback or a linebacker from an opposing team. But receivers who line up outside the numbers almost exclusively face cornerbacks.
Nickel cornerbacks and linebackers generally don’t have the same speed and physique that a top outside cornerback possesses.
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Brown and Lamb play drastically different versions of the same position. Therefore, their games may not be as similar as the pure pass-catch numbers reflect.