Amon-Ra St. Brown is one in all many rookies to observe this upcoming NFL season. A standout from USC, St. Brown had a powerful junior season as he completed with 41 receptions for 478 yards and 7 touchdowns in six video games for the Trojans. St. Brown was chosen by the Detroit Lions within the fourth spherical of the 2021 NFL Draft and is anticipated to compete with Breshad Perriman and Tyrell Williams for a beginning large receiver job in coaching camp.
St. Brown has the potential to be one of many affect receivers on this rookie class, and already has quite a bit going for him as he heads into his first coaching camp. St. Brown not too long ago introduced a partnership with Unite Well being Share Ministries, a Christian well being care nonprofit group, changing into their neighborhood ambassador.
“I simply love the holistic strategy that they do relating to medical insurance and it is totally different than most corporations,” St. Brown stated. “They see greater than medical insurance. They’re fearful concerning the individual as particular person, their spirituality and whatnot.”
As St. Brown prepares for his rookie season, he sat down for a one-on-one interview with CBS Sports activities to debate his expertise with the Lions as his NFL journey begins.
The primary a part of the offseason is within the books. How is the NFL way of life totally different from what you skilled in school?
St. Brown: “It is not that a lot totally different. As I rookie, I form of felt prefer it was deja vu — freshman yr of school. You get in, you get to perform a little greater than the older guys. Study the playbook over once more, being in a brand new place, you get comfy when you’re there for some time. New folks, new teammates, new coaches — identical to school yet again. I like being in Detroit.
Dan Campbell has had fairly just a few fascinating quotes since he is taken the job. Does he act like that on the apply discipline?
St. Brown: “He is an superior coach. He is very excessive power, a enjoyable coach to be round. Very concerned with the staff and a enjoyable coach to be round. His motivational speeches are one thing to get us going for the day. He is a enjoyable coach.”
Did Campbell joke with you guys about bringing a lion to apply?
St. Brown: “(Laughing). He hasn’t stated that to us.”
Has the teaching employees approached you about early enjoying time and any expectations within the offense this yr?
St. Brown: “Under no circumstances. OTAs had been a time to go on the market and be taught a brand new playbook. It was a chance to indicate the coaches what we will do as gamers. Getting them to belief all of us, so it is a course of. I am attempting to do my finest proper now and put my finest foot ahead.”
St. Brown: “I have never requested him but, however I’ll after I see him. To this point, he hasn’t instructed me something loopy. I do know what sort of brother he’s. If he would not inform me something to look out for, he thinks I ought to be wonderful.”
How is it going really feel enjoying him twice a yr?
St. Brown: “It is going to be enjoyable. I actually by no means had the possibility to play him as a result of he was just a few years older than me. To lastly have the ability to play in opposition to him — it’ll be surreal.”
What are the expectations you set for your self in your rookie yr?
St. Brown: “My expectations, effectively, targets are a greater phrase for me. I set my targets actual early, the place I am on the depth chart and on the staff. It actually can change from there, whether or not I am enjoying or I am on particular groups, a job participant or beginning. I am simply going to see how coaching camp goes, and as soon as the season approaches I will set some new targets.”
How’s your chemistry with Jared Goff thus far?
St. Brown: “I like Jared. He is superior, superior dude. Nice quarterback who understands the sport. He is taught me some issues about sure routes and issues Cooper Kupp did with him again with the Rams that he beloved. He checks in on me. He is truly out right here in Los Angeles now, so we’ll attempt to hyperlink up and catch some balls.
“He is a terrific quarterback who is aware of the sport. I am unable to wait to play with him.”
What recommendation has (Lions large receivers coach) Antwaan Randle El given you because you joined the Lions?
St. Brown: “He is one other superior coach. He performed within the league for fairly a bit, so he understands issues. Having a coach that has truly performed the place is sweet, as a result of they really perceive what we’re going by way of on the market. It is one factor to say what to do, it is one other factor know when to do it.
“He actually understands the struggles we undergo. Watching tape, he will get find out how to coach.”
I grew up watching Duce Staley. We raved about him in Philadelphia. What has your expertise been like with him?
St. Brown: “So my good pal on the staff, Jermar Jefferson, Duce is his coach and he tells me he loves him. He is a troublesome coach, however I feel loads of gamers like powerful coaches. It is good to have a coach that is powerful as a result of he exhibits he actually cares about you.
“All of the working backs love Coach Staley.”