Detroit Lions quarterback Jared Goff spoke to reporters this week about why wide receiver Amon-Ra St. Brown is seeing his production decline.
St. Brown was held to three catches for 21 yards in Sunday's loss to the Chicago Bears after St. Brown had just two receptions for 49 yards and a touchdown in the Week 13 victory over the New Orleans Saints.
“Well, in the Saints game they doubled him,” Goff explained as he shared Myles Simmons from Pro Football Talk. “[The Bears] gave him a little more attention… I don't think they completely doubled him. But yes, that's what good players get. Good players often get a double and sometimes he has this year and sometimes he manages to get a double, but it doesn't really matter, but yes, I try to get him the ball in different ways.
Detroit has lost two of its last three games to drop to 9-4, and the Lions enter Week 15 with Seed No. 3 for the NFC portion of the playoffs. Meanwhile, ESPN statistics show that St. Brown started eighth in the NFL Thursday with 1,063 receiving yards, seventh with 87 receptions and 11th with 123 targets on the season. He also had six receiving touchdowns.
Goff suggested that St. Brown will get plenty of looks during Saturday's home game against the 7-6 Denver Broncos.
“He was very responsible for the things he thought he could do better and also for me. I talk to him about how I would like to try to do better for him and give him the ball in certain situations. It's a little better than the last few weeks,” Goff added about St. Brown. “But he's one of the best guys I've ever met and I have no doubt that everything will be OK and we'll finish this season pretty strong.”
From Thursday afternoon chance checker placed the Lions as 4.5-point favorites against the Broncos.