Through his first two seasons, there's nothing to take issue with in regard to Detroit Lions wide receiver Amon-Ra St. Brown. He is in rare production air in both franchise and league history thus far, with no signs of slowing down.
There is a small thing to quarrel with on St. Brown, and perhaps an untapped area for his fantasy managers this year. For all his catches, targets and yardage, he has a modest 11 receiving touchdowns over his first two seasons--six last year, five as a rookie in 2021. It certainly could be worse. But given how good the Lions' offense was last year, and should be again this year, there should be room for the "Sun God" to score more.
Is it bad luck? A lack of involvement in the red zone? A combination? Something else entirely?
Hard-luck stat points to touchdown correction for Amon-Ra St. Brown this year
We all know what Jamaal Williams did as the Lions lead and primary goal line back last season. His chances in the red zone and close to the goal line outpaced everyone else in the league. Even if David Montgomery steps into a majority of that role this year, there'll be a void left.
Then there's this, from John Daigle of 4for4 Football.
St. Brown had 21 red zone targets last year, which was tied for eighth among wide receivers. A 24.4 percent share of the Lions' red zone targets was below the upper crust of wide receivers in that category. Heavy involvement from tight ends in the red zone, especially relative to overall targets for them after the T.J. Hockenson trade, was a factor there.
A more robust share of red zone targets, and likely a bigger share of red zone work in general. Better fortune, or as Daigle put it, "just bet on fewer ankle tackles." As St. Brown looks to add to his game in his third season, a push to double-digit touchdowns seems to be in the offing.