Amon-Ra St. Brown scorns Commanders, Dyami Brown after Week 2 win
By Jerry Trotta
The Washington Commanders’ Week 2 loss to the Detroit Lions was maddening on several fronts. For starters, they allowed Detroit’s top playmakers, Amon-Ra St. Brown and D’Andre Swift chief among them, to go ballistic.
You’d think the Commanders’ coaching staff would’ve game planned to limit their impact, but that wasn’t the case. Or maybe they did try to limit their impact and the defense simply wasn’t capable of doing so. Regardless, either scenario is alarming.
While Swift did damage on a hobbled ankle, St. Brown came into the game fully healthy and was unstoppable, compiling nine catches for 116 yards and two touchdowns while adding a 58-yard rush that left Washington’s defense chasing ghosts.
In doing so, St. Brown tied an NFL record by making at least eight receptions for the eighth-straight game. It’s a mind-boggling stat and the Commanders allowed him to reach the milestone with little resistance. Had the Lions not been milking the clock late, the second-year receiver likely would’ve added to his stats.
Following the historic performance, St. Brown took shots at both the Commanders and receiver Dyami Brown, who was drafted 30 picks ahead of him in the 2021 showcase and was a non-factor in Washington’s road loss.
Amon-Ra St. Brown mocked the Commanders and WR Dyami Brown after the Lions’ Week 2 win.
"“You know the draft. It is what it is. Even the Commanders, they got a guy before me over there. I believe his name is Dyami Brown,” St. Brown said Wednesday. “I don’t know how many catches he had—you guys can probably tell me that—or how many yards he had, but I don’t forget things like that. I see him across the sideline from where I’m standing during the game, and I’m gonna give every team hell…I didn’t see him in the game much.”"
St. Brown came out of nowhere as a fourth-round pick last year, finishing his rookie season with 90 catches for 912 yards and five touchdowns. Those stats look even more impressive when you realize the USC product managed 51 catches for 570 yards and all five of his touchdowns from Week 12 on (just six games).
St. Brown has often used his draft status as motivation. If you watched HBO’s “Hard Knocks” before the season started, the budding 22-year-old revealed he keeps a list of the receivers that were taken before him in the draft.
While Ja’Marr Chase, Jaylen Waddle and DeVonta Smith highlight the stacked class, it’s crazy to think guys like D’Wayne Eskridge, Tutu Atwell, Dez Fitzpatrick, Anthony Schwartz, and yes, Dyami Brown, all went before him.
That’s not to say Brown or the Commanders deserved to get dunked on, but St. Brown’s comments do put the comparison into perspective.
In 19 career games, St. Brown’s racked up 107 catches for 1,092 yards and eight touchdowns; establishing himself as the Lions’ No. 1 receiver and one of the top young receivers in the league. Brown, meanwhile, has 12 catches for 165 yards and zero scores in 12 career games. He played one snap in Week 2, while St. Brown was busy nearly topping his career output in four quarters.
We’d counter his dig by saying Brown didn’t play because Terry McLaurin, Curtis Samuel and Jahan Dotson played most of the WR snaps, but it’s hard to take issue with the young star’s comments given the Dyami Brown pick looks like a swing and a miss and the player might not be a Commander this time next year.