GREEN BAY – There are a lot of expectations surrounding rookie receiver Christian Watson, fair or not.
It all started with the Davante Adams trade, which left a crater-sized hole in the Packers’ receiving corps. Then, the Packers didn’t make any significant additions at receiver during free agency. And finally, Green Bay traded two second-round picks so they could move up and select the North Dakota State product with the 34th overall pick in the draft.
Unless the Packers make a big move like signing Odell Beckham Jr. or Julio Jones or another player of that ilk before the season, it’s clear Watson is going to be needed in 2022. Especially with the unknowns surrounding Robert Tonyan’s ACL.
However, as of right now, the struggles don’t matter. And it’s not just because it’s OTAs.
They don’t matter because Ja’Marr Chase went through the exact same thing leading up to the start of the 2021 season. Chase was having issues with drops because NFL-regulated balls don’t have the white stripes on the sides that college footballs have.
And Chase’s struggles lasted all the way through the preseason. Obviously, we have just now entered June.
As one can imagine, plenty was made about Chase’s comment. And as we all know, Chase went on to have one of the best rookie seasons by a receiver in NFL history.
So, there’s no real reason to worry about Watson’s issues other than worry, itself. Watson has plenty of time to fix his issues and there’s an extremely recent example that shows how little they matter, currently.
And, he has a future Hall of Fame quarterback in Aaron Rodgers. Things should work out, just fine.
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