Recently, Detroit Lions legends Lomas Brown and Herman Moore started a YouTube series called “Breaking Bread with Herman & Lomas”. So far, they’ve published only a handful of videos—including an interview with our own Jeremy Reisman—but their latest installment is a breakdown of the Lions newest wide receiver Amon-Ra St. Brown.
Moore, one of the greatest wide receivers in Lions history, has a keen eye for evaluating the position and he illustrated this by answering Brown’s questions about the rookie.
The video opens with Moore explaining how he approaches evaluating receivers, starting with their ability to come off the ball, how they attack downfield, how they maintain balance during their routes, hand movement, and if they give away their intentions with any unnecessary movement.
Moore then turns to St. Brown’s pro day at USC. He praises St. Brown for the first few reps, then makes an astute observation of how St. Brown tips his route with some unnecessary hand movement—specifically, “he’s throwing that arm” in the opposite direction of his cut.
This is a very correctable motion, but as Moore points out, Lions wide receivers coach Antwaan Randle El will be asking St. Brown to adjust a motion that he has done for three years as a starter at USC, in just a few short months. Moore would go on to add that he believes St. Brown has the ability to make this adaption.
St. Brown was considered one of, if not the most polished route runners in this draft class—which is very true—but this observation from Moore illustrates that even the most efficient college players still have things to develop in order to succeed in the NFL.
The duo wrap up the film session by talking about the things that St. Brown does well, including his explosiveness up the field, his strength in getting in and out of his routes, his ability to catch with his hands, his body control when in the air, and how he can make plays and run the route tree from different points on the field (including in the slot and on the outside).
You can watch the entire video below (or on YouTube):