It’s an important second season for Green Bay Packers wide receiver Equanimeous St. Brown.
Equanimeous St. Brown surprisingly fell to the sixth round of the draft a year ago, and his performances last season showed he should’ve been selected higher.
St. Brown played 12 games in his rookie season, starting seven of them. He finished the year with 21 catches for 328 yards, averaging 15.6 yards per reception.
EQ gave fans more than enough reasons to be excited about his potential, and saved his best performance for last. In the final game he played last season, in Week 16 against the New York Jets, St. Brown put up 94 yards on five receptions.
It was an inconsistent rookie season for St. Brown, who made key plays in some games but also didn’t make an impact in others. But what was clear is that St. Brown is tough to tackle after the catch — quite possibly his best play of the season came against the Detroit Lions in Week 4, a 54-yard catch and run.
On the play, he ran an excellent route, using a double move to get wide open downfield. After making the catch, EQ turned the corner and used his speed to break away from three Lions defenders before eventually being tackled out of bounds.
The play came with the game almost over, but it was one encouraging sign to take away from a disappointing game for the Packers in Detroit.
St. Brown also helped set up the Packers’ last-second win against the 49ers. With just 15 seconds remaining and the score tied at 30-30, Green Bay had the ball with third-and-two on the San Francisco 47-yard line.
Aaron Rodgers threw to St. Brown on a back-shoulder pass — the ball needed to be thrown a little behind St. Brown, but the rookie receiver made an incredible adjustment to grab the ball as he fell out of bounds, importantly stopping the clock with 11 seconds remaining. Without that play, the Packers likely don’t get a chance to win the game before overtime.
Odds of making roster: 100 percent
EQ will enter training camp as one of the Packers’ top four receivers, and he’ll have the opportunity to earn a position higher on the depth chart with an impressive summer.
What to expect in 2019?
It’s important for all three of the Packers’ second-year wide receivers to make the jump in year two. EQ’s big-play ability was clear in his rookie season, but now he needs to be able to offer more consistency with Randall Cobb gone.
St. Brown’s speed in the open field will make him an important part of the passing game, and it’s possible he can not only give the Packers a deep threat, but also be used creatively by Matt LaFleur. EQ was effective on screen passes last year.
After a solid rookie year, the Packers will hope St. Brown can take the next step.