AJ BROWN, JALEN HURTS WERE BEST FRIENDS FOREVER — NOW WHAT?

By Mike Bennett

A heated conversation between Eagles receiver A.J. Brown and quarterback Jalen Hurts on the sideline was about Brown wanting to be more involved in the offense, teammates said.

“That’s part of being a competitor, man. You always want to feel you’re a part of the team, helping the team and things like that,” said receiver DeVonta Smith, who led the way with four catches for 131 yards and a touchdown in the 34-28 victory.

“Anytime something like that is going on, it’s not anything bad. He’s not bashing nobody. He just wants to feel part of the team, wants to help us.”

Brown, who finished with four catches for 29 yards on six targets, left Lincoln Financial Field without speaking to reporters.

Television cameras showed an animated exchange between Brown and Hurts at the start of the fourth quarter. Coach Nick Sirianni interjected and had a word with Brown as Hurts walked away.

Hurts proceeded to target Brown three times on the following series, including on a 25-yard touchdown pass that was nullified by a penalty.

“I think everybody wants to make plays and everybody wants to contribute,” Hurts said. “I have no worry about him. He’s a great player, a great teammate, a great friend, and we’ll do anything and everything to win.”

It was a frustrating night for Brown, who had a 25-yard touchdown catch in the fourth quarter wiped out by a Rashaad Penny holding penalty.

He was then interfered with on a potential 35-yard score one play later, but the refs swallowed the whistle.

The fantasy night to forget came as DeVonta Smith notched a pair of 50-plus yard grabs, including a 63-yard touchdown.

With just 11 catches for 109 scoreless yards through two contests, Brown’s squeaky wheel could be in need of some Week 3 grease against the Bucs.

And he and his supposed BFF Jalen Hurts got into it on the sideline!

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