The Green Bay Packers have been extremely aggressive this offseason, both in free agency and in the draft. Brian Gutekunst signed Za’Darius and Preston Smith in free agency to improve the pass rush and safety Adrian Amos to beef up the secondary. They then went into the draft and selected pass rusher Rashan Gary and safety Darnell Savage.
While the upgrades to the defense were huge for the Packers’ playoff chances in 2019, many fans were surprised that the team did not pursue any offensive weapons.
Randall Cobb left town in free agency, leaving what many saw as a whole in the offense. Davante Adams is the only proven wide receiver on the roster. Green Bay chose not to pursue one in free agency and they didn’t draft a single wide receiver either.
Obviously, the Packers are confident that second-year wide receivers Marquez Valdes-Scantling and Equanimeous St. Brown are going to step up into much bigger roles.
St. Brown is an intriguing weapon for the Packers. He played a small role last season with the Packers, playing in 12 games. In those 12 games, he caught 21 passes for 328 yards and no touchdowns.
Despite the fact that he had a rough rookie season, St. Brown could be the X-Factor for Green Bay’s offense in the 2019 season.
Standing in at 6-foot-5 and 215 pounds, St. Brown has great speed, great hands, solid route running, and a top-notch work ethic. He is also the kind of big target that Rodgers loves utilizing. With an offseason of work, St. Brown is going to be an incredibly dangerous matchup for opposing defenses.
Green Bay has not had a target as big as St. Brown is with the kind of skill-set that he brings to the field in quite some time. Assuming he develops the way the team is expecting, he could very well end up in the starting lineup.
At this point in time, Adams and Geronimo Allison are likely listed higher on the depth chart. Valdes-Scantling is likely listed above him as well. That being said, St. Brown can work his way up the depth chart and onto the field with a strong showing in training camp and the preseason.
So, with that being said, how could St. Brown end up being the X-Factor for the Packers and what kind of season should the fans be expecting from him?
Matt LaFleur is going to run a lot of intriguing sets within the new Green Bay offense. St. Brown will be asked to play a big role whether he’s No. 2 or No. 4 on the depth chart. If he can come in and be a consistent presence for Rodgers that provides him with sure hands, Green Bay will have exactly what they need.
It’s always hard to predict a season for any player, but it would be reasonable to expect something along the lines of 40-45 receptions for 600 yards and four touchdowns. That kind of year would be a big win for Green Bay and St. Brown.
The Packers haven’t made the playoffs for two straight seasons and they will need all hands on deck in order to get back into contention.