The Packers drafted Equanimeous (EQ) St. Brown in the sixth round of the 2018 NFL draft. St. Brown comes in at 6-foot-5 and started seven out of 12 games his rookie season. Many expected the talented wideout to take a leap in 2019, but was placed on IR before the start of the season.
In his rookie season, he had 21 catches for 328 total yards, including some clutch plays for the Pack. In addition, as a young wide out, he gained the trust of Aaron Rodgers and started to shine toward the end of the season. He has all the tools and motivation to emerge as the go-to guy behind Davante Adams.
MVS and Funch
The Packers clearly didn’t view wide receiver as much of a need this off season, unlike many outside the organization. They did, however, sign Devin Funchess. Additionally, similar to EQ, the Packers hoped Marquez Valdes-Scantling (MVS) would take a second year jump. Unfortunately, MVS struggled a bit in 2019, and Allen Lazard emerged as the team’s second option at receiver.
In order for EQ to finish as wide receiver two, he will have to make his way up a talented depth chart, especially after not playing last season. MVS and Funchess both have something to prove this season as well. All three guys will have to fight their way up the depth chart to get ahead of an already established Allen Lazard.
My predictions for the 2020 season, as far as the wide receivers, would have the Packers loaded with lots of fire power. This would make all the worries about receiver during the offseason look foolish. By the end of the season, I see the Packers’ top three receivers in order as Adams, EQ, and Lazard. Additionally, I see Funchess as the fourth guy without much doubt. As far as stats go I predict the following happening:
- Davante Adams: 1,300 Yards – 10 Touchdowns
- Equanimeous St. Brown: 850 Yards – 5 Touchdowns
- Allen Lazard: 800 Yards – 6 Touchdowns
- Devin Funchess: 650 Yards – 4 Touchdowns
- Marquez Valdes-Scantling: 300 Yards – 2 Touchdowns
Hopefully all five guys have great seasons and the Packers can get back to the Super Bowl. This is simply how I see the season going. Overall, St. Brown has all the tools to be a clutch receiver for 2020. In his rookie season, he showed flashes and now he will be able to showcase his talents with a chip on his shoulder.