3 toughest wide receiver matchups for Kendall Fuller in 2022
By Jerry Trotta
The Washington Commanders 2022 schedule is much lighter compared to their unrelenting slate last campaign that saw them face Justin Herbert, Josh Allen, Patrick Mahomes and Aaron Rodgers in the first half before finishing the year with five straight NFC East games, including four against the Cowboys and Eagles.
While the quarterbacks on this year’s itinerary pale in comparison to last season’s, nothing is handed to you in the NFL. Every team has talent, even if they’re limited at quarterback. Take the receiver position as an example.
If a quarterback lacks talent compared to the superstars at the position, a game-changing receiver can make his job much easier. With that in mind, let’s highlight some of Kendall Fuller’s toughest wideout matchups on tap in 2022.
It’s tough to gauge whether Fuller will line up against these wideouts. We’re just operating under the premise that Fuller is the Commanders’ top cornerback and will thereby lock horns with these opposing teams’ No. 1 receivers.
3 toughest WR matchups for Kendall Fuller in 2022
3. AJ Brown
The Eagles have had an exceptional offseason and it was headlined by their blockbuster acquisition of Titans receiver AJ Brown on draft weekend. One of the most physical wideouts the NFL has to offer, Brown is routinely among the leaders in yards per route run, yards after the catch and yards per target.
Brown has missed time due to injury in each of the last two years and the Commanders (and Fuller) will be hoping the 24-year-old stud is banged up for the team’s two matchups in 2022. Despite that, however, Brown’s production hasn’t fluctuated. Here’s a look at his output over his first three years.
- 2019: 52 catches for 1,051 yards (20.2 YPR) and 8 TDs
- 2020: 70 catches for 1,075 yards (15.4 YPR) and 11 TDs
- 2021: 63 catches for 869 yards (13.8 YPR) and 5 TDs
Based on his athletic profile, Brown projects as a perfect complement to 2021 first-rounder DeVonta Smith, who quietly had a great rookie year. Assuming Fuller is matched up against the former, he’ll need to be at his Sunday best. Luckily for six-year pro, Brown will have the limited Jalen Hurts throwing him the football.
That could be just what Fuller needs to win this matchup vs Brown, who has two inches and roughly 30 pounds on Washington’s DB.