Aug 05, 2022
Ben Johnson Proclaims Top Lions Wideout on a Mission for 2022
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Getty Amon-Ra St. Brown during 2022 Lions training camp.
The Detroit Lions have Ben Johnson in the mix as the team’s new offensive coordinator, and as usual, his success or failure will be determined by the players on the field.
This coming year, the Lions could have a complete rising star at wide receiver in the form of Amon-Ra St.Brown, and it’s clear to the coach that St. Brown is motivated to get himself to the next level.
Speaking with the media on Friday, August 5, Johnson spoke about St. Brown and shared some of the reasons he was impressed with the player. As he explained, St. Brown is committed to improving himself.
[email protected]_stbrowns on a mission. pic.twitter.com/2hjVzDOSGp
— Detroit Lions (@Lions) August 5, 2022
“He’s special, man. He really is. He’s on a mission right now. We talked in the spring about each coach giving each player areas of improvement. He has taken those to heart. You can really see that translate on the field right now,” Johnson told the media. “I talked to him middle of the summer during our off time just seeing how he is doing. He’s like ‘coach, I’m telling you right now, this run after catch, I am all over it.'”
As Johnson explained, St. Brown wanted to improve at run after the catch and seems to have done just that with a hard offseason of work.
“I think you see that every single day on the field, at least I do. Ball gets in his hands, he’s consciously thinking thinking ‘knife up the field, get what I can, break tackles along the way,'” Johnson said. “He has that controlled aggression which for a receiver is rare. It shows up in the run game, his route running, his breaks and it carries over for the rest of the group.”
St. Brown being committed and showing such discipline is huge for the Lions as well as the offense. He is taking his development seriously, and despite a solid 2021 year, not pretending he has everything figured out.St. Brown Making Big Plays During Camp
What has St. Brown been able to do in order to impress the coaches? It’s been a solid body of work during camp for the player which has included plenty of different plays.
While they might not be highlight-reel busters, St. Brown is still making savvy plays to keep the momentum going ahead of 2022. That happened again on Thursday, August 4 when St. Brown made a solid catch and run behind the defense:
☀️@amonra_stbrown | #LionsCamp https://t.co/MRPBq9ziXK pic.twitter.com/4lktW0lZvE
— Detroit Lions (@Lions) August 4, 2022
Such plays show what St. Brown is capable of for the Lions. He is getting himself in the right mindset and the right groove ahead of the season starting, and seems to understand his role on the offense.St. Brown Could Evolve Into Top Wideout
Many folks have wondered if St. Brown can be a true top wideout or if he is merely a player that is capable of doing some nice things, but isn’t anywhere near the level of a top threat.
The reason? St. Brown isn’t exactly the biggest deep threat on the roster and is not a vertical player. He operates mostly in the slot and is much better underneath, which may not allow him to put up the kind of stats that help him to look like a true top wide receiver.
Even though that’s the case, the Lions could still give a lot of looks toward St. Brown for the future, especially if he keeps earning the trust of the coaches with his commitment. So far, it looks as if that’s what he’s been able to get done as Johnson’s words prove.
St. Brown could continue to show what makes him an elite option on the field in a big way, which is what many see him doing this year in Detroit. He’s handling his development like a true pro, which the coaching staff loves.
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Jets Converted Project Turning Heads at Camp: Isnt Surprising
Getty New York Jets tight end Lawrence Cager warming up during practice.
For years Lawrence Cager has been a prospect that has intrigued New York Jets fans as a potential star in the making.
When he was a wide receiver, Cager simply couldn’t crack the lineup. Back in January, he made the conversion to tight end and things have been going swimmingly.
Now it appears he has a legitimate path to a roster spot or at worst a place on the practice squad.
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During Cager’s conversion to tight end this offseason, he packed on a ton of weight and redefined his body.
In the early portion of OTAs (offseason training activities) and mandatory minicamp he appeared to be a real weapon in the making.
Those same positive vibes and observations were apparent after the first preseason game.
Connor Rogers of Bleacher Report and the Badlands feed recently highlighted him on Twitter:
“The Lawrence Cager move to tight end is off to a good start. His catch and run athleticism isn’t surprising, but he showed no hesitation blocking last night either.”
The Lawrence Cager move to TE is off to a good start – his catch and run athleticism isn't surprising, but he showed no hesitation blocking last night either
I can't remember the last time the Jets had tough decisions to make for cuts at this position pic.twitter.com/c4WVek4no9
— Connor Rogers (@ConnorJRogers) August 13, 2022
As a former wide receiver, all of the success as a mismatch nightmare hasn’t been surprising in the passing game. However, the complete projection from the position switch has been as a blocker.
You couldn’t make any real determinations in spring ball because it was all seven-on-seven work. However, now that we have seen him with the pads on, Cager has made some real strides.
During practice on Tuesday, August 16, Cager turned some heads with a “sweet one-handed catch” from backup quarterback Chris Streveler.
TE Lawrence Cager with a sweet one handed catch on a pass from Chris Streveler, thrown behind him. #Jets
— Zack Rosenblatt (@ZackBlatt) August 16, 2022
In Zack Rosenblatt’s notebook for The Athletic said that Cager impressed with the one-handed snag and additionally made a “leaping grab” that went for a 20-yard gain which put the offense in the red zone.A Path to Success Play
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Coming off of the Eagles game, Cager was the highest-graded member of the team with a 92.7 grade from Pro Football Focus.
Highest graded Jets against Philadelphia from Week 1
1️⃣ Lawrence Cager: 92.7
2️⃣ Caleb Benenoch: 90.7
3️⃣ Jabari Zuniga: 88.5
4️⃣ Tyler Conklin: 87.7
5️⃣ Garrett Wilson: 78.7 pic.twitter.com/SXIYLJiGbR
— PFF NY Jets (@PFF_Jets) August 13, 2022
No matter what he does, Cager at best will be fourth in the pecking order at tight end.
CJ Uzomah, Tyler Conklin, and Jeremy Ruckert all either make more money or have higher pedigrees than he does. It is unclear how the Jets plan on utilizing their roster construction for the 2022 season.
So Cager could be fighting for that fourth spot at tight end or quite possibly for a practice squad spot.
Although if Cager keeps balling out the way he has then he might force the Jets’ hand. Everyone has a plan until they get punched in the face.
In other words, the Jets likely planned for life without Cager, but with his impressive play they may be forced to factor him into their long-term plans.
If they cut him ahead of final roster cuts, Cager might not pass through waivers without another team stealing him away. He has an array of tantalizing tools and they may be too tempting to test in the open waters.
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