Green Bay’s legendary quarterback Aaron Rodgers had yet another appearance on The Pat McAfee Show this week. While they discussed many things on the show, a few stood out. Aaron Rodgers commented on how much the young wide receivers can learn from the trio of cornerbacks in Green Bay. The “iron sharpens iron” mentality was sure in play when referencing the growth of the young wide receiving corps. However, the next thing Aaron Rodgers talked about was what he saw personally with those young wide receivers.
Aaron Rodgers’ Comments via The Pat McAfee Show:
“Physically, they definitely look the part. All three of them,” Rodgers told “The Pat McAfee Show” on Tuesday. “All of them have physical gifts.”
He also went on to single out the seventh-round draft pick Samori Toure:
Aaron Rodgers on rookie WR Samori Toure (via @PatMcAfeeShow): “The seventh-round pick has got a lot of stuff to him.”
— Zach Kruse (@zachkruse2) July 6, 2022
Aaron Rodgers will have to trust his rookie wide receivers more so this year than ever before. Even if they don’t play as much of a role as some fans think, they will still likely be called upon sooner than any other season. Aaron Rodgers does have a point with his comments on The Pat McAfee Show, however. In terms of size, Watson is 6-4, 208. Doubs is 6-2, 204. Both are obviously “bigger,” but he cautioned ruling out Toure, who is 6-1 and 191 pounds with his “got a lot of stuff to him” comment.
Which rookie wide receiver could realistically step up this season?
The Packers desperately needed a big-bodied receiver, and they got one in Watson. Watson is a big target with outstanding speed, long arms and big hands. He’s a threat to take the top off the coverage and is an instinctive open-field runner with good contact balance. Watson is a hands catcher with good body control and a wide catch radius. He’s a smooth mover for his size and flashed as a route runner the week of the Senior Bowl.
Per Ross Uglem of the Bison Report, North Dakota State threw the ball 1,040 times and ran it over 2,500 times during Christian Watson’s entire career. Even still, Watson accumulated 105 receptions, 2,139 yards, and 14 touchdowns. That means for four straight years, approximately one out of every 10 throws was a completion to Watson. When he was asked to produce, he did. Many think he will be able to do the same at the next level.
If the reports coming out of Packers OTAs are to be believed, Romeo Doubs is the rookie wide receiver that fans should be most excited about. Romeo Doubs was a fourth-round draft pick but put up some pretty serious numbers over his last two seasons at Nevada. In 2020, he hauled in 59 receptions for 1,002 yards and nine touchdowns. Doubs was even better in 2021 when he had 80 receptions for 1,109 yards and 11 touchdowns. Having Jordy Nelson’s old number, 87, may be a sign of things to come for the young Packers receiver.