Over the last two seasons, Lions quarterback Jared Goff and wide receiver Amon-Ra St. Brown have quickly established a great connection. St. Brown leads his 2021 draft class in receptions (196), which notably includes Ja'Marr Chase and Jaylen Waddle. Goff's high level of play over the last season-and-a-half or so has correlated with St. Brown's surge into being one of the most productive pass catchers in the NFL.
Last season, St. Brown became the fourth-youngest player to have 100 catches in a season within his first two NFL seasons. Only Larry Fitzgerald, Justin Jefferson, Waddle and JuJu Smith-Schuster were younger when they did it.
The Goff-to-St. Brown connection will be a critical driving force for the Lions' offense again this year. St. Brown wants to become more of a deep threat in his third season, so that will be an interesting tentacle to keep an eye on.
The chemistry between Goff and St. Brown, such as it may become innate, automatic and instinctual, can be fostered in the casualness of OTAs and other unofficial offseason workouts during what would otherwise be down time as players gather.
Jared Goff blindly hits Amon-Ra St. Brown with a pass (video)
In recent Instagram post, St. Brown showed a workout where he was running a route and Goff was of course under center.
The instinctual rapport between the Lions quarterback and his No. 1 receiver appears to be approaching midseason form, in July and before training camp. Then there's the swagger St. Brown clearly possesses to post it/brag it up on social media, even if we consider that it may not have been the first or only eyes closed "play action" pass attempt by Goff to St. Brown during that day's session.
"It's so easy I can do it with my eyes closed." Goff can add throwing the ball to St. Brown to the things that make his personal list of things that qualify as that.