Bears receiver Equanimeous St. Brown reacts to ex-teammate calling him a ‘scrub’

St. Brown received an apology text from Packers cornerback Jaire Alexander on Sunday, but he didn’t know what it was for. On Monday morning, he found out.

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Bears receiver Equanimeous St. Brown catches a pass Sunday.

Bears receiver Equanimeous St. Brown catches a pass Sunday.

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Bears receiver Equanimeous St. Brown received an apology text Sunday from Packers cornerback Jaire Alexander, but he didn’t know what it was for.

On Monday morning, he found out. In a postgame interview, Alexander — who intercepted a pass by Bears quarterback Justin Fields when he jumped in front of St. Brown with about three minutes left in the game — called St. Brown a ‘‘scrub.’’

The two were teammates with the Packers for four seasons and were in the same draft class (2018).

‘‘I mean, he had already apologized for it, so it was probably heat of the moment for him,’’ St. Brown said Monday. ‘‘I don’t take anything personal.’’

He said Alexander is about more than the one comment.

‘‘I know how he is as a person,’’ St. Brown said. ‘‘He’s a great player. A lot of DBs talk a lot. He apologized. It is what it is. People talk [crap].’’

St. Brown had three catches for 85 yards Sunday, including a 56-yarder with Alexander in coverage. That’s what prompted Alexander’s comments.

‘‘Man, he a scrub,’’ Alexander said in the locker room after the game. ‘‘I can’t believe I let him catch that on me. But hats off to him because he did make a good catch.’’

St. Brown was criticized by Fields and coach Matt Eberflus for not fighting his way out of a curl route late in the game, which led to Alexander intercepting the pass.

Sanborn aims lower

Rookie linebacker Jack Sanborn missed 13% of his tackles against the Jets and 25% of them the week before against the Falcons, according to Pro Football Focus. The Bears wanted him to aim lower on ball-carriers’ bodies, and he worked on it in practice.

Against the Packers, Sanborn didn’t miss a tackle and finished with a game-high 10.

‘‘With Jack Sanborn, we wanted to lower his target level,’’ Eberflus said. ‘‘Obviously, tackling two really good backs, I thought we did a really good job.’’

This and that

The Bears lined up defensive lineman Justin Jones outside the right tackle for six snaps against the Packers. Before Sunday, that had happened only twice this season.

Eberflus likes a ‘‘thumper’’ defensive lineman at left end. He has had players weigh up to 290 pounds at that position at previous stops. Plus, the Bears’ depth at end is poor.

‘‘He can do all the movements and all the different things,’’ Eberflus said. ‘‘And he’s a solid rusher out there, too.’’

• Receiver Velus Jones played 23% of the Bears’ offensive snaps against the Packers. That was his highest percentage this season.

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