The Green Bay Packers are going to need all the help they can find at receiver this season.
Franchise legend Davante Adams is now a Raider and speedy deep threat Marquez Valdes-Scantling is now a Chief. Veterans Allen Lazard and Randall Cobb are back for another year.
The team signed Sammy Watkins earlier in free agency and drafted rookies Christian Watson, Romeo Doubs, and Samori Toure in April.
In particular, Doubs has been making waves at training camp in Green Bay.
Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers had this to say about how great of an impact the former Nevada star has made so far for Green Bay:
“Every single day, there’s been at least one ‘wow’ play from him. That’s kind of rare for a young guy like that,” Rodgers said. “Now, we’ve had some guys over the years do that, but they’re all in the top 10 in Packers receiving history.”
Doubs made a great catch against talented second-year cornerback Eric Stokes Wednesday (led NFL in passes defensed among rookies in 2021). The fourth-round pick shook Stokes and flew by the speedy defender (4.2 40-yard dash time) for the deep touchdown catch.
If Doubs can continue to produce in practice and show his talent day in and day out, he will have a real opportunity to make a lot of plays in Matt LaFleur’s offense. He will be wearing No. 87, which is fitting. Much like Jordy Nelson was a huge down-the-field threat for Rodgers for many years, Doubs can quietly be exactly that in year one.
Doubs put up Nelson-like numbers in his college career in Reno. He recorded over 2,100 receiving yards and 20 touchdowns over his final two seasons. If he can bring that same production into his rookie season, the Packers will have an electric offense with talent on the perimeter.
That talent doesn’t just come from veterans in Lazard, Watkins, and Cobb. It comes from younger playmakers who have a lot of juice like the rookies in Doubs, Watson, and Toure. The Packers will have to lean on players like Doubs early on this season.
But if training camp is any indication, that might not be so bad.