Predicting the standouts at Green Bay Packers training camp in 2020.
Despite all the negativity about how the organization navigated this offseason, the Green Bay Packers are coming off of a year in which they went 13-3 in the regular season, won the division and made it to the NFC Championship Game. Head coach Matt LaFleur’s team is clearly one of the NFL’s best and a contender to make it back to the conference title game once again, even if they regress from winning 13 games.
Aaron Rodgers should be motivated in an uncanny way in the 2020 NFL season after Green Bay took quarterback Jordan Love with their first-round pick in lieu of adding wide receiver help. That alone makes this team scary but so too does a defense that was quite impressive overall in last year’s campaign.
Having said that, as Packers training camp starts truly gearing up with players getting on the field, they need players to step up into bigger roles if they are truly going to be a factor in the NFC title picture. Though there won’t be preseason games, these five players have the chance to be the real MVPs of training camp in Green Bay.
Note: All stats are via Pro Football Reference unless otherwise noted.
5. Equanimeous St. Brown, WR
The wide receiver group in Green Bay has been a hot-button issue all offseason, largely because of the franchise’s negligence in addressing it in the draft or in free agency (especially with their one signing, Devin Funchess, now opting out of the 2020 season due to COVID-19). But perhaps they still have faith in players in their current wide receiver group.
Last year’s late-season surge from Allen Lazard has many people believing that he can be the true No. 2 option behind Davante Adams in the receiving corps. There are also some who are holding out hope that Marquez Valdes-Scantling can become a playmaker. But Equanimeous St. Brown shouldn’t be overlooked in this equation.
While MVS was third on the team in receiving yards in 2018, St. Brown flashed as a rookie. In 12 games, the Notre Dame product caught 21 of his 36 targets for 328 yards. Unfortunately, he missed all of last season due to injury after turning some heads even last year at training camp.
St. Brown is an absolute freak, measuring in at just under 6-5 but running a 4.48-second 40-yard dash at the NFL Combine. His combination of size and speed could make him a lethal complement to Adams. If he can showcase that in camp and develop a rapport with a motivated Aaron Rodgers, perhaps concerns about this pass-catching group can start to be quelled.