There usually isn’t too much to be learned from a preseason game, but the Green Bay Packers‘ preseason opener against the San Francisco 49ers left us with one big takeaway.
Green Bay lost 28-21 to San Francisco on Friday night, but the biggest thing we learned is that rookie wide receiver Romeo Doubs is for real.
Doubs, a fourth-round selection by the Packers in the 2022 NFL Draft, has been a training camp star the last couple of weeks.
The former Nevada wide receiver has caught everything thrown his way, he’s received plenty of praise from quarterback Aaron Rodgers, and he’s proved to be a hard worker.
On Friday night, in his first NFL game action, Doubs showed that his training camp success isn’t a fluke.
Doubs caught three passes for 45 yards, including a 33-yard touchdown reception from backup quarterback Jordan Love.
The route that Doubs ran looked a lot like what we used to see from Davante Adams in Green Bay.
The slot fade was a Davante Adams specialty. At least so far, Romeo Doubs seems capable of handling those responsibilities.pic.twitter.com/kXKblvYSQE— Jason B. Hirschhorn (@by_JBH) August 13, 2022
Doubs was praised by Packers head coach Matt LaFleur before the game against the 49ers for his approach during training camp.
LaFleur, however, pointed out that Doubs has to do it on game day.
Matt LaFleur, during #Packers pregame show on @TheGameMKE, says the following on Romeo Doubs: "He's been super consistent. There's not many ups and downs. He has great maturity. But he's got to go do it on game day."— Rob Reischel (@robreischel) August 13, 2022
I’d say LaFleur was pretty happy with what he saw on Friday night.
The next step for Doubs, of course, is to produce during a regular season game — that’s all that really matters.
Doubs has proved himself every step of the way during his short time in Green Bay.
He obviously still has a lot to prove, but Doubs has done everything right so far.
Packers fans should still be cautious with their expectations, but it certainly appears that Green Bay found something special with Doubs.
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