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ESPN has the most absurd Green Bay Packers take of the offseason


I know it’s the middle of the summer and there’s not a lot going on right now, but that doesn’t excuse ESPN for their absolutely terrible Green Bay Packers take this week.

It might be the worst take of the offseason.

On Wednesday, ESPN listed 32 players that are on the roster bubble entering training camp. And they suggested that Packers wide receiver Sammy Watkins could be cut before the start of the season.

Watkins, a former first-round pick, signed a one-year deal worth $4 million with the Packers earlier this offseason.

From ESPN:

The Packers didn’t invest much in Watkins — $350,000 signing bonus as part of a one-year deal. They’ve cut free-agent signees with bigger bonuses (see Devin Funchess). While they don’t have much veteran experience at the position, they did load up at receiver in the draft. If all three draft picks (Christian WatsonRomeo Doubs and Samori Toure) look ready to contribute by Week 1, perhaps Watkins won’t stick.

Jul 28, 2021; Owings Mills, MD, United States; Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Sammy Watkins (14) makes a catch at Under Armour Performance Center. Mandatory Credit: Mitch Stringer-USA TODAY Sports

If Davante Adams was still on the roster, maybe they’d have a point. But right now, there are a lot of uncertainties when it comes to Green Bay’s wide receivers. The Packers don’t have a true No. 1 wide receiver.

And while I don’t expect Watkins to be a No. 1 wide receiver — he’s only had one season with over 1,000 receiving yards — he’s a much-needed veteran presence that could possibly put up the best numbers of his career playing alongside Aaron Rodgers.

If healthy, Watkins is a player that should consistently put up at least 800 or 900 yards in a season. Those obviously aren’t Pro-Bowl caliber numbers, but that’s not the type of player that gets cut, either. Especially when he’s only making $4 million this season.

By the way, there’s a reason that Green Bay targeted Watkins in free agency. Packers wide receivers coach Jason Vrable was an assistant with the Buffalo Bills when Watkins, who was drafted by Buffalo, had the best season of his career back in 2015. That familiarity, combined with catching passes from Rodgers, could bring out the best in Watkins in 2022. Cutting him before training camp is such an absurd idea that I feel comfortable saying there’s no way it happens (outside of an injury, of course).

Featured image via Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports

Zach Ragan
I write about Tennessee Vols athletics and the NFL for AtoZ Sports. Long-suffering Mets fan from the south. You can complain about me on Twitter at @zachTNT

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