Could Equanimeous St. Brown Become Justin Fields’ OTHER Favorite Receiver This Season?

Few teams underwent an offseason overhaul like the Chicago Bears. Sure, the biggest moves came with hiring a new general manager and head coach. But the Bears turned over their roster and brought in waves of new players. And by doing so, the team has created a dozen or so worthwhile camp competitions. We began profiling the most high-profile additions during free agency and after the NFL Draft. And the series continues on as we get to know some more new Bears.

Draft Picks: CB Kyler Gordon (Round 2, Pick 39), S Jaquan Brisker (Round 2, Pick 48), WR Velus Jones Jr. (Round 3, Pick 71), OL Braxton Jones (Round 5, Pick 168), DE Dominique Robinson (Round 5, Pick 174), OL Zachary Thomas (Round 6, Pick 186), RB Trestan Ebner (Round 6, Pick 203)

Free Agents: WR Byron Pringle, OL Lucas Patrick

Trades: WR N’Keal Harry, OL Michael Schofield

Equanimeous St. Brown

Signed by the Bears as a free agent

  • Position: Wide receiver
  • College: Notre Dame
  • Previous teams: Green Bay Packers (2018-21)
  • Height, weight: 6-5, 214 pounds
  • Performance

  • 2021 stats: 9 catches, 98 yards, 0 TD in 13 games for the Packers
  • Career stats: 37 catches, 543 receiving yards, 1 TD in 37 games (10 starts) in Green Bay
  • PFF grades: 56.2 (2021), 59.5 (2020), DNP (2019), 64.3 (2018)
  • Pulling offensive line stats is an inexact science, but I love these two factoids:

    Highlights

    He needs to do this again. But this time, while wearing a Bears uniform:

    The Fit

    Not only was St. Brown an early addition to the Bears’ receivers room this offseason, there is an argument to be made he was a most ideal newcomer. Firstly, he came from Green Bay — which gives him multiple years worth of familiarity with Luke Getsy’s system. Nothing like being the new guy who can pick up what the first-year offensive coordinator is putting down *AND* relay it to your teammates. Secondly, St. Brown has post-hype sleeper vibes after not living up to his potential with the Packers. Injuries and an inability to click with Aaron Rodgers kept St. Brown from fully tapping into his size and speed. But given a clear path in a position room with few roster locks, St. Brown could play his way to the top of the depth chart.

    And for what it’s worth, that seems to be what is happening in the early going of this training camp.

    The Final Word

    Equanimeous St. Brown leaving the Packers and signing with the Bears is a fun story in isolation. But it can level up if St. Brown is productive upon arrival. This is a player who should know what he is doing in this offense. St. Brown should know the roles and responsibilities of each of the receivers in a formation. And with that knowledge, he should have the power to thrive. Combining knowledge of the scheme and his raw athletic talents gives St. Brown a leg up that no other receiver has in this offense. I’m not saying St. Brown will displace Mooney as the Bears’ WR1. But maybe he can turn in a season reminiscent of Cameron Meredith’s 2016.

    Meredith put up a respectable 66-catch, 888-yard, 4-TD season hauling in passes from Matt Barkley, Brian Hoyer, and Jay Cutler. Sure, this would represent a career-year for St. Brown. But it looks like he is carving out a role to get a sizable snap share this season. And if the Bears don’t go out and sign a free agent receiver, it will essentially leave him as a top option for Fields. Clearly, the two already have something cooking. Might as well explore where it goes.

    Chicago signed St. Brown to a one-year “prove it” deal back in March. And if he can find his way to the top of the depth chart and play alongside Darnell Mooney and Velus Jones Jr., there is a good chance he could emerge as one of Fields’ most trusted targets. That St. Brown is already doing so during training camp feels like a solid foundation. If he can do it in preseason games, it could make me feel better about the receivers room than I had previously.

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    Luis C. Medina, who you can find on Twitter at lcm1986, has been covering the Chicago Bears at Bleacher Nation since 2017. Since then, he has written about 3 head coaches, 5 play-callers, and 11 starting quarterbacks. Previously, Luis wrote about the Cubs and MLB at BN (2015-16) and worked in the Chicago Tribune sports department (2011-16). He also co-hosted a Cubs postgame show, Outside the Ivy, in 2019.

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