1. Equanimeous St. Brown
There has yet to be any sign of a second-year jump from wide receiver Equanimeous St. Brown in the preseason. While he did recover a fumble for a touchdown on special teams in the preseason opener against the Houston Texans, St. Brown is yet to make an impact as a receiver. He has two targets in two games, but zero catches.
This game won’t necessarily make or break St. Brown’s chances of making the 53-man roster, but his roster spot isn’t completely guaranteed, either. There is a lot of competition at the position, and with Jake Kumerow almost certainly going to join Davante Adams, Geronimo Allison and Marquez Valdes-Scantling on the roster, there are only a couple of spots left.
If St. Brown plays well against Oakland, I have no doubt he’ll be part of the roster this season. But if he goes without a catch again, and Darrius Shepherd and Allen Lazard continue to impress, it’s possible St. Brown will be under some pressure.
Working in St. Brown’s favor is that he was a draft pick last year, and that he also had a solid rookie season. But the second-year player could still need to play well in the third preseason game to secure a roster spot.