Next man up: Samori Toure?
If Christian Watson isn't able to play in Week 1 against the Chicago Bears, could it mean an expanded role for second-year player Samori Toure?
The Packers envision an expanded role for Toure in year two after playing just over 100 offensive snaps in his rookie season. He doesn't quite have the size to directly replace Watson, but at 6-foot-1, 191 pounds, he isn't limited to any one receiver position.
Toure caught just five passes as a rookie last year but one of them went for a touchdown. He has big-play abilities and will undoubtedly have a package of plays, even if he's not a direct Watson replacement.
As a bonus, perhaps the Packers will get a good look at rookie free agent Malik Heath, who had a tremendous camp and preseason, forcing his way onto this very young but very talented roster. It's certainly early, but if you've got the opportunity, why not see what this guy can do? Throw him to the wolves, so to speak.
Whether it's Doubs, Reed, Toure, Heath, Musgrave, or someone else, the Packers are going to have to potentially replace a huge piece of their offense if Watson is unable to go. As of Thursday, that seems to be the way things are trending. It's not ideal for the Jordan Love era to begin without their WR1, but the Packers have a lot of talent to try to ease the blow.