5 dream scenarios for the Packers in 2022 season

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Green Bay Packers, Christian Watson
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4. Christian Watson becomes immediate difference-maker

As things stand, the Packers don’t have a clear WR1. Allen Lazard is likely the frontrunner, but that will require a significant step up from the complementary role he has played in recent years.

Expectations should be limited for each of the Packers’ rookie wide receivers, including second-round pick Christian Watson.

While that should be the case, it doesn’t mean he can’t become a difference-maker in this offense immediately. We’ve seen it a fair bit from rookie receivers in recent seasons.

Justin Jefferson put up 1,400 yards and seven touchdowns as a rookie. Ja’Marr Chase beat that with 1,455 yards and 13 touchdowns in his rookie year. The Packers don’t need that from Watson. They would be delighted with Tee Higgins’ rookie stats — he made 67 catches for 908 yards and six touchdowns in 2020.

Wide receiver remains a major question mark for this Packers team. But if Watson becomes a difference-maker in his rookie season, it would solve that area of need.

His combination of athleticism, size, and speed could help him become a star WR1 for the Packers in time. It may take a few years to get there.

But what if he does follow the likes of Jefferson, Chase, or Higgins? That would be a perfect scenario for the Packers.