It will be fascinating to see how the Green Bay Packers‘ wide receiver depth chart shakes out over the coming months.
The Packers have added three rookie pass-catchers — Christian Watson, Romeo Doubs, and Samori Toure — but there is no guarantee any of them will be starters in 2022.
Here is my prediction for the Packers’ wide receiver depth chart this season:
Packers WR depth chart predictions in 2022
- Allen Lazard
- Randall Cobb
- Sammy Watkins
- Christian Watson
- Romeo Doubs
- Amari Rodgers
- Samori Toure
Allen Lazard appears to be the frontrunner for the WR1 job. He has a few years of experience in this system and has built good chemistry with Aaron Rodgers.
He will face competition from Sammy Watkins, but the former first-round pick lacks the experience playing with Rodgers that Lazard has.
Randall Cobb is best suited for a complementary role and not as the top target.
If there is one receiver who can break into the top three and become a starter, it is Christian Watson. Not only does he have the benefit of being a second-round pick, but Watson has great speed and could be an option to replace Marquez Valdes-Scantling as a deep threat.
If Watson learns the offense and builds a connection with Rodgers quickly, his opportunities should increase.
Early on, the Packers may get him involved with deep targets and gadget plays like jet sweeps.
Romeo Doubs has starting potential but will likely play a secondary role as a rookie. The same is true of second-year Amari Rodgers.
One question is whether the Packers keep six or seven wide receivers on the 53-man roster. I initially thought it would be six, but Samori Toure’s impressive minicamp could change that. If he continues to perform well at training camp, the Packers may be forced to keep seven.
It will be important for Doubs and Toure to contribute on special teams.