Wide receiver, Romeo Doubs, has shined throughout the Packers’ preseason and training camp. It’s time to take a deeper look at the team’s rookie sensation.
The departure of Davante Adams was shocking and heartbreaking to all Packers fans. The five-time Pro Bowl wide receiver and All-Time Packers great left a hole that seems daunting, to say the least. Just recollecting on the trade that sent the star receiver to the Las Vegas Raiders can still make any Packers fan feel queasy; however, as the saying goes, “next man up!”.
In regular Packer form, the franchise did not fret and overpay in the form of a high-end free agent acquisition to fill the hole, or trade for an established star to also fill the void. Instead, the team used patience and due diligence to select three rookie wide receivers in the 2022 NFL Draft. Quantity over quality one might say, but the Packers have an established track record of developing rookie wide receivers.
The Packers’ first selection at wide receiver was the mammoth and super athletic Christian Watson. Coming from North Dakota, his small-time college pedigree and somewhat “pedestrian” statistics do not stand out on paper. However, his college was a run-first team, and at six-foot-five and over 200 pounds, while running a blazing 4.31 40-yard dash, the Packers have once again unearthed a gem beyond the first round. What is funny in this scenario is that the freakish receiver may not even be the best of the rookie class.
Packers Rookie Wideout, Romeo Doubs, Has Shined So Far
Enter Romeo Izzyih Doubs. The 22-year-old Nevada product was basically an afterthought once selected in the fourth round of this year’s draft. Seen as a solid but “unspectacular” pick, the two-time All-Mountain West first-team performer has been the talk of the 2022 training camp for the Packers.
With crisp route running and the ability to get open on nearly all reps, he has not just gotten the attention of Packer fans and the media, but also the man himself, his quarterback. Aaron Rodgers stated that at such an early stage in his young career that Doubs is doing “rare” things.
His big play ability has already been on display outside of training camp, hauling in a touchdown in a preseason game against the San Francisco 49ers. Although he has cooled off as of late through practice, he still seems to be the most highlighted rookie on the offensive side of the ball, even if Watson is just getting back into shape following a minor procedure on his knee in June.
Doubs is undoubtedly the star or most “unexpected” star of the early season workouts thus far. With a veteran receiving core led by Allen Lazard and Randall Cobb and the signing of the oft-injured Sammy Watkins, the onus seems to be on a committee approach in terms of receiving talent, instead of a main focal receiving point. This is what makes the opportunity even larger for Doubs and fellow rookie receivers to stand out.
At the University of Nevada, Doubs was undoubtedly a star. After racking up over 3,000 yards receiving to go along with 26 receiving touchdowns, had he not played at such a smaller college, he surely would have gone much higher in the draft. Although the Packers seem to do well with Mountain West talent — Adams also plied his trade within this conference.
The similarities in terms of size and skill are nearly identical for those two coming out of college. In no way is anyone calling Doubs a Davante Adams level of talent just yet, but with the right seasoning and the best quarterback in football tossing his way, he has the potential to develop into this type of premier superstar.
With no clear-cut number one receiver on this roster, Doubs will be relied on more than most rookie wide receivers in the league. If his scintillating form thus far is any indication of his long-term play, the Packers may have struck gold again in the form of a wide receiver in the draft, even if it is not the one most would have predicted.