Lions wide receiver Amon-Ra St. Brown ended his rookie campaign on a high. Now entering his second season in the league, St. Brown has a better idea of what he can do and how the Lions can help him be even better.
St. Brown talked shop with former NFL players Terrell Owens and Matthew Hatchette on their show on Fubo TV. One of the things the hosts asked St. Brown was what type of receiver he would like the Lions to eventually add to help him and the all-out offense.
“I absolutely have to get another receiver…. someone who can go up, make the ball 50-50,” St. Brown said. “I mean I could definitely do it, but someone else who can do it too.”
There are quite a few wides in the draft that fit this bill. Among them: St. Brown’s former USC teammate Drake London. Alas, London are planning to be long gone before the Lions make their pick at No.32 overall. Later options include Romeo Doubs of Nevada, Jalen Tolbert of southern Alabama and Alec Pierce of Cincinnati.
In another interesting response, St. Brown reinforced the idea that the offense was held off for the first part of the 2021 season more by schematic design than actual talent. He talked about making the mental adjustment leap from college to the pros, but then went on to explain why he and the entire Lions offense sputtered early in the season 0-10-1.
“Opportunity. You look at the first 10 games I had, you know I haven’t had the opportunities I’ve had in the last seven weeks,” St. Brown noted. a lot of it is an opportunity, but now that I’ve shown what I can do, I think it’s just going to help my career.
This drastic rise coincided with the replacement of offensive coordinator Anthony Lynn by head coach Dan Campbell and greater involvement from Ben Johnson, who is now Detroit’s offensive coordinator. Adding another weapon should only help St. Brown produce those late-season results more consistently.
The full St. Brown interview: