Jared Goff: Amon-Ra St. Brown is a guy I’m lucky to play with

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The Lions improved to 1-1 on the season with their 36-27 victory over the Commanders on Sunday. While defensive end Aidan Hutchinson rightly grabbed headlines for his 3.0-sack performance, one of Detroit’s young receivers continued to display his talents.

Amon-Ra St. Brown caught nine passes for 116 yards with a pair of touchdowns. And he took a pair of carries for 68 yards — one of which was a 58-yard end around that helped set up a touchdown to give Detroit a 29-15 lead in the third quarter.

St. Brown has now tied an NFL record with eight straight games of at least eight catches, dating back to last season.

“He’s a very friendly target is the best way to describe it, if that makes sense,” quarterback Jared Goff said postgame. “[A]lways comes back to the ball, always catches the ball away from his body, is always where he needs to be, understands coverage, understands what I’m looking at, what I’m looking for. Always asking questions. Comes downhill when he’s breaking out on that touchdown just to make sure that guy can’t make a play on it. Little things like that that typically you can’t teach, and he has it.

“So, it’s a guy I’m lucky to play with, and sky’s the limit for him.”

Through two weeks, St. Brown has 17 receptions for 180 yards with three TDs. A fourth-round pick out of USC in 2021, he finished his rookie season leading Detroit with 90 receptions, 912 yards, and five receiving touchdowns.

Goff said that at this point, it’s a surprise when St. Brown makes a rare error.

“[H]e’s mistake-free pretty much and does such a great job both in the pass game and in the blocking game, and is such an anchor for us in both areas of the game, and a guy that we always just want to get the ball to,” Goff said. “We have a few of those guys on our offense, but he’s one of them where it’s like, ‘How do we find a way to get him in space?’

“[H]e played great, and he was the first one to say like, ‘Man, I had that one and that one, that could have been that one.’ And that’s the best thing about him.”

As the Lions try to build a winner under head coach Dan Campbell and G.M. Brad Holmes, St. Brown certainly looks like a player they’ll be able to build around for years to come.

6 responses to “Jared Goff: Amon-Ra St. Brown is a guy I’m lucky to play with

  1. Winning organizations consistently find gems in the later rounds. For far too long, Detroit has been unable to do so. It looks like the new regime may prove to really know what they are doing and St. Brown is Exhibit A that the Lions may be finally be finding impact players beyond the first round. If they can start getting more out of their second rounders, the playoffs will not be far away.

  2. I have liked what the Lions have done recently so I shouldn’t be surprised they are this improved but they did cost my $50 this week. Their D is performing a little better then I thought it would.

  3. As a Lions fan, for far too long we had a few guys who might be standouts at their position but they were few and far between. He is an excellent example of the changing ways of this organization in that it’s acquiring talent in a variety of ways, not over reaching at the QB position in the draft when the player isn’t there. And lastly a team that is now tough to play against and requires you to beat them not wait for them to self destruct. Campbell I have been proven wrong on and GM Holmes is doing the same. The Lions should finish 2nd in this division this year if things go well on the average. If the man in the black hat in Green Bay gets injured it’s a very very interesting division all of a sudden. IMO

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