Green Bay Packers tight end Robert Tonyan and wide receiver Christian Watson are ready to go in Week 1 against the Minnesota Vikings.
There’s good news for the Green Bay Packers‘ offense ahead of their Week 1 showdown with the Minnesota Vikings.
Tight end Robert Tonyan, who suffered a season-ending knee injury in 2021, is good to go in Week 1.
Rookie wide receiver Christian Watson, who missed a big chunk of training camp and all of the preseason due to a knee injury, is set to make his NFL debut.
On the Packers’ final injury report for Week 1, Tonyan and Watson were among the players not given an injury designation, meaning they are good to go.
This is a huge boost for Green Bay’s passing game.
In the first game without Davante Adams and Marquez Valdes-Scantling, No. 1 wide receiver Allen Lazard is expected to be out. He is listed as doubtful to play on the team’s Week 1 injury report.
In his last fully healthy season, Tonyan posted an impressive 11 receiving touchdowns, second on the team behind only Davante Adams.
Watson may have a more limited role initially as he works his way into the offense.
Sammy Watkins will likely start with Randall Cobb, while fourth-round rookie Romeo Doubs could see an increased role on the outside with Lazard likely out. Doubs got more reps than Watson over the summer and was a standout performer throughout the preseason.
Watson’s injury cost him some valuable reps at practice, so it’s possible he is eased into action as he builds a connection with Aaron Rodgers.
One way to earn more snaps will be to make the most of his opportunities in the game. When the ball does come his way, showing his excellent yards-after-catch ability will go a way to getting him more opportunities.
Tonyan’s return is huge for the Packers’ offense, while Watson will be one of the top players to watch in Week 1.