A turbulent offseason for the Green Bay Packers wide-receiver corps has opened up spots within the roster.
With the departure of three of the team’s top receivers this offseason, there will be a lot of movement within head coach Matt LaFleur’s offense.
Training camp serves as the time for chemistry to develop and to see which players picked in the draft could stand out in the regular season, and the Packers may have found a diamond in the rough.
According to reports, an unlikely rookie has been producing so-called ‘wow’ moments every day of practice this summer.
Romeo Doubs has impressed coaches – and QB Aaron Rodgers – in his rookie training camp
|Position||2021 (ranked by targets)||2022 (projected)|
|WR1||Davante Adams||Allen Lazard|
|WR2||Allen Lazard||Randall Cobb|
|WR3||Marquez Valdes-Scantling||Sammy Watkins|
|WR4||Randall Cobb||Christian Watson (rookie)|
Fourth round pick Romeo Doubs has shone out, impressing not only coaches, but one of the best quarterbacks in the game.
‘Every single day…there’s been at least one kind of “wow” play for him,’ Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers told reporters.
‘And that’s kind of rare for a young guy like that.’
While it’s unclear how much playing time Doubs can get this season, the timing of his performance could benefit a Packers offense in flux.
Over the winter, the team traded away All-Pro wideout Davante Adams to the Las Vegas Raiders and lost receiver Marquez Valdes-Scantling in free agency to the Kansas City Chiefs.
Adams and Valdes-Scantling represented the nos. 1 and 3 positions on the Packers depth chart if sorted by targets.
Additionally, the fifth-most targeted receiver – Equanimeous St. Brown, signed with the division rival Chicago Bears in the offseason.
It’s led to a lot of reshuffling in the wide receiver room, with 4th year veteran Allen Lazard projected to take over the WR1 role and Pro-Bowler Randall Cobb possibly grabbing the WR2 position.
As for the Packers two rookie options, North Dakota State prospect Christian Watson is on the sidelines following knee surgery this summer.
In his absence, Doubs out of the University of Nevada has shone, giving LaFleur, offensive coordinator Adam Stenavich and wide receiver coach Jason Vrable plenty to think about.
Doubs impressed during his college career with the Wolfpack, putting up back-to-back seasons of over 1,000 receiving yards.
His senior year saw him grab an finish top-30 in the NCAA for catches with 80 and receiving yards with 1,109.
He also finished top-20 in touchdown receptions, walking to the end zone 11 times.
Aaron Rodgers lost key receivers and will use training camp to build trust among wideouts