Equanimeous St. Brown can make an impact for the Packers in 2020.
In hindsight, it may have been a mistake to place him on injured reserve as early as they did, which meant they couldn’t designate him to return later in the season.
But they’ll have him back on the field this year. Will he make a big impact in his first opportunity in Matt LaFleur’s offense?
EQ didn’t play in the regular season but had high expectations entering the year. Following a preseason ankle injury, St. Brown was placed on injured reserve, ending his season.
Odds of making roster: 90 percent
The Packers have made some changes to the wide receiver room such as signing Devin Funchess, but it’s still close to the same group as a year ago. While there will be some competition, EQ should have no trouble making the roster.
What to expect in 2020?
Missing a year was far from ideal, but St. Brown could be exactly what this offense needs in 2020.
EQ had some great moments in his rookie year and he saved his best performance for last. In the Week 16 win against the New York Jets, St. Brown caught all five of his targets for 94 yards, averaging 18.8 yards per reception.
St. Brown made some impressive catches as a rookie, perhaps most notably in the victory over the San Francisco 49ers. Rodgers threw a back-shoulder pass to St. Brown on the sideline. EQ adjusted well and had to reach back for the football. He made a tough catch and at a crucial moment in the game.
The game was tied at 30-30. This play came on third-and-2 just beyond midfield. EQ made the catch with 11 seconds to go and smartly got out of bounds to stop the clock with no timeouts remaining. Without that catch, the game would’ve gone to overtime.
He also showed off his yards-after-catch ability, with a play against the Detroit Lions immediately coming to mind. St. Brown used his speed to run in between three Lions defenders for a 54-yard gain. It was an impressive play that showed his ability to pick up yards with the ball in his hands.
The Packers need some help at wide receiver. In his third season, St. Brown’s return could be huge for this offense.