Chicago Bears Countdown to Kickoff: 19 Days with Equanimeous St. Brown

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Equanimeous St. Brown joins Chicago Bears after stint with division rival

Following his third professional season, the Packers decided against resigning St. Brown, who eventually signed a one-year deal with the Chicago Bears for the 2022 season. Coming in, expectations weren't super high for St. Brown in terms of pure production, but given his size and skillset as a perimeter blocker, it made a lot of sense for new general manager Ryan Poles and coach Matt Eberflus to target such a player to aid in Justin Fields' development.

In 2022, St. Brown started in all 16 games that he was available for, missing only their last season contest against the Buffalo Bills. In the first game with the Bears, St. Brown caught one pass for 18 yards and a touchdown, marking just the second score of his career. This is notable as just two minutes prior in real time, younger brother Amon-Ra scored the first touchdown of his sophomore 2022 campaign in a battle between the Detroit Lions and Philadelphia Eagles.

Despite his week one touchdown, Equinameous struggled to stay a consistent target in the offense, although he did match many of his career highs from his rookie season. By the end of the season, St. Brown had totaled 323 yards and a touchdown on 21 catches. The scores and receptions were good enough for the best in his career, with his yardage total finishing just five yards less than his rookie season.

After the season, the Chicago Bears offered St. Brown another one-year contract for the 2023 season, which he accepted. He may not be the most productive receiver on the team, especially after the addition of D.J. Moore, but he will likely serve as a depth player on offense. With the team's tendency to run the ball and St. Brown's size and physical as a run blocker, he will likely see some time on offense helping secure the edge.

Hopefully, in the offense's second season under Luke Getsy, who also served as the quarterback's coach for the Packers when St. Brown was in Green Bay, a player like Equanimeous will be able to showcase more of his natural talent. He still has great size and physicality as a receiver, and with Fields' arm strength, there could be more opportunities to let St. Brown stretch the field on the boundaries. Hopefully, he will be able to take another step forward with the offense and team in general taking that same step forward.