Which Packers Rookie Wideout Leads The Way In 2022?

August 10, 2022
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This offseason saw the Packers trade away Davante Adams and turn, instead, to a trio of rookie wide receivers. Who will emerge this year as the best rookie wide receiver for Green Bay?

The Packers took a different path ahead of the 2022 season and traded the NFL’s best wide receiver. Davante Adams was traded to the Raiders for draft picks in the same offseason that Green Bay doubled down on Aaron Rodgers. The Packers, of course, extended Rodgers on a three-year, $150 million contract extension.

That extension made many believe Adams would remain in Green Bay as well. Instead, the Packers will turn to a trio of rookie wide receivers to compete alongside Allen Lazard, Sammy Watkins, and Randall Cobb in 2022. Which of those rookie wideouts will shine the most this season?

Injuries Put New Packers’ WR, Watson, In Question For Week One

Christian Watson is a 23-year-old rookie wideout for the Green Bay Packers. He’s from Tampa, Florida, and stands six-foot-five and 208 lbs. Watson was drafted in the second round of the 2022 NFL Draft from North Dakota State. Across Watson’s four years with the Bison, he was very active in the offense. He played as a wide receiver, a kick returner, and even ran the ball. Covid definitely put a damper on Watson’s career but he made sure to make every touch count.

In his four years, he never fumbled the ball, which is great news for the Packers. Let’s just hope he has the hands to pull down the fastballs from Rodgers. As a receiver, Watson had 84 receptions in 35 games for just over 1,760 yards. Most of his receptions came in 2019 and 2021. Throughout his collegiate career, he averaged 50.3 yards per game and 21 yards per reception while also having 13 receiving touchdowns. Of course, the averages were skewed based on two of the four years but those are some solid stats.

As a kick returner, he was very silent in his first two seasons until 2020 when he had 8 returns in 8 games for an average return of 29.6 yards and a touchdown. In 2021, he had 10 returns in 11 games for an average return of 21 yards but no touchdowns. When Watson ran the ball, he averaged 9.5 yards per game across 36 rushes and added a touchdown in 2021.

I would compare Watson to Lazard in the fact that they are both good receivers that can rush the ball when they need to. His blocking ability in the NFL is yet to be determined until he actually gets on the field. He was placed on the PUP list 20 days ago by the team because of minor knee surgery. It will be interesting to see if he’s able to get cleared prior to Week One or if he’ll miss more time than expected.

Packers Rookie Is Making Big Headlines In His First Training Camp

Romeo Doubs is a 22-year-old rookie wideout for the Green Bay Packers. He’s from Los Angeles, California, and stands six-foot-two and 204 lbs. Doubs was drafted in the fourth round of the 2022 NFL Draft from Nevada. Doubs spent most of his collegiate career as a wide receiver with little experience out of the backfield and on special teams. He is most known as a perimeter receiver but also has experience running deep routes.

In Doubs’ four years at Nevada, he amassed 3,280 receiving yards across 40 games for the Wolf Pack. He consistently improved every year until 2021 when he had 80 receptions for 1,109 yards. For a smaller school, that is a beautiful stat line.

He also had 11 touchdowns and averaged just over 100 yards per game. Every year in college, Doubs had at least 40 receptions and averaged at least 13 yards per reception. Talk about being busy on the field. Just to add to the overall impressive stat line, his longest reception each year was over 57 yards. Good thing he has a QB with a cannon!

Doubs could have the smoothest transition from college to the NFL purely based on the amount of action he had on the field but the talent of the secondary is a lot tougher. I’ll be interested to see how he plays beyond training camp.

Doubs has gone nuts in training camp, he has received high remarks from the coaching staff and the one, the only, Aaron Rodgers. Rodgers compared Doubs with a few of the notable Packers greats: Randall Cobb, Jordy Nelson, Davante Adams and Greg Jennings. That is a huge compliment since we all know what those four receivers have done and still do.

A Late Round Rookie For The Packers Could Garner Some Chances

Samori Toure is a 24-year-old rookie wideout for the Green Bay Packers. He’s from Portland, Oregon, and stands six-foot-one and 191 lbs. Toure was drafted in the seventh round of the 2022 NFL Draft from Nebraska. Toure played at Montana for three years prior to joining the Cornhuskers in his final year before declaring for the draft.

Across his four years of college football, he had 181 receptions for 2,998 yards in 44 games. Toure was able to consistently get open and catch the football after his transition from Montana to Nebraska. Even with the tougher opponents, he was able to put up 46 receptions in 12 games for 898 yards.

If he can transition again from the Big Ten to the NFL with little to no issues, he’ll have no problem with making the roster. He averaged 16.6 yards per reception, 68.1 yards per game, and had a total of 22 receiving touchdowns. Besides receiving, Toure also spent time on special teams as a kick returner and had a few snaps out of the backfield. His Freshman year at Montana is when he was used as a kick returner in which he returned 21 kicks in 10 games for an 18-yard average.

He didn’t see the ball much out of the backfield with Montana but got eight touches with the Cornhuskers for 63 yards and a touchdown. One unique stat is that he threw one ball in 2019 for two yards and a touchdown. If he can throw a ball well enough, that could add to some extra sneaky plays on offense.

Similar to Doubs, Toure has also been turning heads from the other players and coaches during training camp. He played very well at Family Night and his stock is on the rise. I personally have him on my Dynasty team. If he can continue his climb and make the roster, he could carve out a decent role as a WR4 or WR5 in the offense.

How will the 2022 Rookies compare to the 2021 Rookies?

In the 2021 Draft class, the Packers only took one Wide Receiver and that was Amari Rodgers. I was looking forward to that Rodgers to Rodgers connection last year but unfortunately, it rarely happened. As a third-round pick, he managed to get just four receptions on eight targets for 45 yards and zero touchdowns.

He also added one rush for 11 yards on the season. He was primarily used as a kick and punt returner on special teams. After the Adams trade, things were looking good for Rodgers to step up but with how well the three rookie wide receivers are doing in camp, Amari might end up staying on special teams and being a depth player on offense.

With all three of these rookies having to deal with Covid in College sports, we will have to wait and see how they perform on the big stage based on the raw data we know from College. Covid was very unpredictable and derailed lots of sports from the young kids all the way up to the professionals.

Hopefully, this 2022-2023 season will be clean and clear of Covid. The current depth chart has Christian Watson, even though he’s on the PUP list, as number one of the rookies followed by Romeo Doubs and Samori Toure. I look forward to watching these guys play this season. All three of them should make the roster cuts with the possibility of Toure starting on the practice squad.


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