Re­ceiver find­ing his groove in Pack­ers of­fense

EQUANIMEOUS ST. BROWN

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— Af­ter the Pack­ers’ hard­fought vic­tory over the San Fran­cisco 49ers on a cool Oc­to­ber Mon­day evening, the team’s locker room was a happy place.

With a 3-2-1 record head­ing into their bye week, the play­ers were look­ing for­ward to some time off and dis­persed quickly to head home. Not Equanimeous St. Brown. He dis­cussed mul­ti­ple times his lone re­cep­tion — a twist­ing, all-hands snare of a low 19-yarder from Aaron Rodgers — on the fi­nal drive that set up Ma­son Crosby’s game-win­ning field goal.

St. Brown called the catch a “rou­tine, back shoul­der. . . you got to make that play when it comes your way. It’s my job to make that catch.”

The rookie re­ceiver from Notre Dame is learn­ing the Pack­ers of­fense and the pref­er­ences of Rodgers.

“No mat­ter how the games goes, you have to keep play­ing, no mat­ter what,” he said. “Even if no balls are com­ing your way, you never know... re­ceivers have to be ready, es­pe­cially with 12. He can put the ball any­where at any time with his tal­ent, so you have to be ready for ev­ery ball.”

As the locker room emp­tied, St. Brown had one last in­ter­view.

Flu­ent in three lan­guages — French, Ger­man, and English — St. Brown stayed to con­duct an ex­ten­sive dis­cus­sion with a Ger­man tele­vi­sion crew. All in Ger­man.

“They’re try­ing to make foot­ball big­ger in Ger­many and all of Europe,” St. Brown said. “They used me as an ex­am­ple to kind of spread aware­ness of foot­ball in Ger­many.”

St. Brown’s mother is Ger­man and speaks it ex­clu­sively with her three ath­letic sons at home in Ana­heim. She con­cen­trated on pre­par­ing her chil­dren for aca­demic suc­cess, in­clud­ing hav­ing the boys at­tend fifth grade at a school in Paris.

His fa­ther, John, was a world cham­pion body builder who rig­or­ously trained his sons to be elite foot­ball play­ers.

Equanimeous St. Brown does not shy from high ex­pec­ta­tions. With in­juries to Ran­dall Cobb and Geron­imo Al­li­son, St. Brown started his third game of the sea­son against Mi­ami. He was tar­geted just three times and fin­ished with two re­cep­tions for three yards in the 31-12 vic­tory, but gained valu­able ex­pe­ri­ence with the ex­tended play­ing time.

He made one ma­jor mis­take, lev­el­ing de­fense­less cor­ner­back Bobby McCain with an il­le­gal blind side block that knocked him out along the side­line. St. Brown im­me­di­ately got an ear­ful from as­sis­tant coaches about the block that drew a 15-yard penalty.

“Oh yeah (I heard about it),” he said. “I didn’t mean no harm. It’s not go­ing to hap­pen again. It feels good to win to­day. We’re un­de­feated at home. Now it’s time for us to get a win on the road.”

St. Brown had a ca­reer best five re­cep- tions for 89 yards against the Lions in Detroit in Week 5. He also started the Rams game in Los An­ge­les, record­ing two re­cep­tions for 31 yards. He looks for­ward to his first touch­down re­cep­tion at Lam­beau Field and the en­su­ing cel­e­bra­tory leap into the stands.

His progress as a rookie has been steady.

“I think I’m fit­ting in pretty well, get­ting bet­ter each week,” he said. “I’m just stick­ing to the process... catch­ing balls builds con­fi­dence and helps the team win, which is the main goal.

“I went to Notre Dame, so I’ve played in the cold. I’ve come a long way since the start of train­ing camp. But we have a ways to go to get to where we want to be: a dom­i­nat­ing of­fense.”

JIM MATTHEWS / USA TO­DAY NET­WORK

Pack­ers rookie wide re­ceiver Equanimeous St. Brown is be­gin­ning to see more play­ing time.

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