AJ Brown shows Cowboys' CeeDee Lamb lives rent free in his head in since-deleted tweet

Dec 24, 2022; Arlington, Texas, USA; Dallas Cowboys cornerback Trevon Diggs (7) and Philadelphia
Dec 24, 2022; Arlington, Texas, USA; Dallas Cowboys cornerback Trevon Diggs (7) and Philadelphia / Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

The NFC East is loaded with wide receiver talent. Between the Dallas Cowboys' CeeDee Lamb and Brandin Cooks, the Eagles' AJ Brown and DeVonta Smith and the Commanders' Terry McLaurin and Jahan Dotson (or Curtis Samuel, whomever you prefer), the NFC East arguably has more WR talent than any division.

Of course, Lamb and Brown -- and McLaurin, in a sense -- are the only members of the group who garner national recognition as elite wideouts.

Fans will debate all day where they rank amongst the league's elite. Like any bias fan, Cowboys fans will argue Lamb deserves to rank higher, while Eagles diehards will defend Brown and Commanders fans will bat for McLaurin.

The Lamb-Brown discourse has been prevalent on social media ever since the Eagles acquired the Pro Bowler before last year's draft.

The players have largely recused themselves from the debate, but Brown emphatically ended that trend this week in a reply to PFF Fantasy Football that asked followers to choose between Lamb and Brown as the WR1 for their team.

AJ Brown calls out Cowboys' CeeDee Lamb in since-deleted tweet

Does someone want to tell Brown? The former second-round pick clearly didn't do any reserach before throwing shade at Lamb. In 2022, Lamb played 376 snaps in the slot and 218 out wide, according to Pro Football Focus.

Only in Lamb's rookie year was he predominantly a slot receiver, when he logged 504 slot snaps to just 35 snaps on the outside. In 2021, he played 250 snaps in the slot compared to 332 out wide, so it makes sense why Brown deleted the tweet.

In the last two seasons, the Cowboys have used Lamb all over the field, including out of the backfield. The Eagles get similarly creative with Brown. Get the ball into the hands of your best players by any means, possible right?

But for Brown to push the narrative that Lamb is akin to Cooper Kupp in terms of playing almost exclusively from the nickel is erroneous.

Brown managed to elicit a response from Lamb, who isn't here for the debate and comparisons but made sure to let his rival know he can do both.

The bottom line is Lamb gets open at a ridiculous rate in both spots. Both Lamb and Brown are great players and there's no sense pinning one against the other, but the latter opened the floodgates by replying to PFF's tweet and now fans can't help but defend their team's receiver.

If the Cowboys had a slot savant on the roster, Lamb would kick outside and continue to post 100-catch, 1,000-yard seasons in his sleep. He's done it before (2021) and will do it again if need be.

It's clear Brown was waiting to get this off his chest. For whatever reason, the Lamb comparisons live rent free in his head.

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