The Green Bay Packers are getting big plays from a rookie receiver during training camp, just not what they expected.
Second-round pick Christian Watson has been sidelined after knee surgery earlier this summer. Instead, fourth-round pick Romeo Daubs hit the ground running, making plays that even reigning NFL MVP Aaron Rodgers is drooling over.
“Every day … it’s been at least kind of a ‘wow’ for him,” Rodgers said Wednesday. via the Associated Press. “And that’s kind of rare for a young man like him.”
With the Packers trading Davante Adams to Las Vegas and Marquez Valdes-Scantling signing to Kansas City, it’s an open battle for receiver reps in Green Bay.
Hearing Rodgers praise the rookie is a great start to camp, but Doubs knows he needs to continue to have big days.
“I feel like my camp is going really well,” Doubs said. “But just for myself, I keep telling myself to focus on what’s next throughout the day. I just make sure I don’t get too high or too low on myself.”
The 6-foot-2 Nevada product combines good speed and size and has shown the ability to beat defenders with the ball in the air during the early stages of camp. Earning Rodgers’ trust is a good first step in earning the rookie a significant role out of the gate.
“I have to put myself in a role model to make sure Aaron has enough confidence in me, regardless of whether I’m a rookie,” Doubs said.
As for Watson, the second-rounder doesn’t have a target date for his return, but he’s picking the brains of Rodgers and veteran receivers Randall Cobb and Allen Lazard to get mental reps on offense.
“It’s definitely disappointing, but I’ve tried not to let it affect me too much,” Watson said. “There’s still things I can do to get better and be a part of everything, doing mental reps and still being in the playbook. So I try to look at the positives and stay away from the negatives.”
If Watson can return soon and make up for lost time and Doubs continues to shine, the Packers will have the makings of an interesting young duo to develop as they try to win their fourth straight NFC North title.