3 players who could shine for the Packers if Christian Watson is out

  • Christian Watson missing Week 1?
  • Romeo Doubs also on the mend?
  • Who is stepping up for the Green Bay Packers at WR?
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The not-as-obvious: Luke Musgrave, tight end

One player who could really shine in the absence of someone like Christian Watson is Luke Musgrave. When your WR1 goes down, it can force you to adjust your gameplan entirely. It doesn't automatically mean that the next wide receiver on the depth chart is immediately going to get 12 targets.

For the Packers, it could mean an added emphasis on the running game as well as perhaps a heightened focus on the tight end position in the passing game. It could mean we get to see star rookie Luke Musgrave start cooking early on in his NFL career.

Musgrave truly does appear to have hit the ground running for the Packers, and although you don't expect a rookie tight end to lead the team in targets in Week 1, you also never know. Musgrave wasn't a high-volume receiver at Oregon State, but he absolutely has the skills for it.

Musgrave is poised to have a tremendous rookie year and vastly outplay his draft status, and it starts in Week 1. The Packers have placed all of their chips in the middle on Musgrave, making him their TE1 before the season with very little in the way of veteran experience behind him.

Staying healthy will be crucial, but Musgrave is healthy and ready for Week 1 against the Bears. In the absence of Christian Watson, he could establish himself as the top rookie tight end in a loaded class rather quickly.