Amon-Ra St. Brown has been very productive lately, but he has his eyes on a couple bigger goals for the rest of his rookie season.
Amon-Ra St. Brown theoretically had an opportunity in front of him when the Detroit Lions drafted him in the fourth round in April. While there’s been the expected ups and downs, St. Brown is second on the team in catches (57) and receiving yards (511) entering Week 15. That’s the most catches by a rookie receiver in Lions’ franchise history through the first 13 games.
Over the last two games, as the new focal point of Detroit’s passing attack with D’Andre Swift and T.J. Hockenson out for one or both, St. Brown has 18 receptions for 159 yards and a touchdown on 24 targets. Over the last five weeks (h/t to Will Burchfield of Audacy/97.1 The Ticket), only six receivers in the NFL (Diontae Johnson, Davante Adams, Justin Jefferson, Cooper Kupp, Hunter Renfrow and Chris Godwin) have more catches than the rookie out of USC (30).
Amon-Ra St. Brown has goals for rest of the season
On Thursday, St. Brown put out a couple goals he has for the rest of his rookie season.
"I want to get a 100-yard game. That’s a personal goal of mine,” he said. “Something that I just want to keep working on is yards after the catch. Catch a 5-yard route, make it 20, 40-plus yards. So that just comes with — you gotta break tackles. You gotta be great with the ball in your hands, so that’s something that I just want to keep working on.”"
According to Benjamin Raven of MLive, via Pro Football Focus, St. Brown is averaging 4.4 yards after the catch per reception with 253 of his 511 yards coming after the catch. The yards after the catch mark is in the top half of the league among wide receivers, and the raw yardage is 24th among all wide receivers according to PFF.
St. Brown has not dropped a pass since Week 2, and that’s the only drop Pro Football Reference has credited him with all season.
With Hockenson out for the season and Swift possibly not far behind to be placed on season-ending IR, St. Brown is lined up to finish the season as the Lions’ leading receiver this year. But it’s also looking to be the launching point of a very good career.