Christian Watson might be needed Sunday
The Green Bay Packers are hopeful their rookie wide receiver Christian Watson will play Sunday against the Minnesota Vikings. Head coach Matt LaFleur wanted to make sure Watson was “acclimated” to the NFL before putting him in a game. With news coming Wednesday that the team’s number one wide receiver, Allen Lazard, was not able to practice due to injury, the team might need to bump up Watson faster.
The Packers’ 2022 second-round draft pick did not play a single snap of preseason football. Watson had surgery this summer for a knee injury he sustained in June. The Packers were slowly ramping up the intensity of his practice during training camp. On Wednesday, the Packers had a favorable report for Watson’s status.
Per Zach Jacobson of CBS Sports, The Packers’ first official injury report had Watson as a full participant Wednesday.
Christian Watson was listed as a full participant on the Packers’ first official injury report of the season. Good sign for Sunday.
— zach jacobson (@itszacharyj) September 7, 2022
Watson could be a “big” target for the Packers
If Lazard isn’t a full go on Sunday, Watson could be an exciting target for quarterback Aaron Rodgers to throw to. Peter Bukowski noted how large Watson is in comparison to the rest of the Packers’ wide receivers corps.
Just look at how much bigger Christian Watson looks than everyone else with Lazard not out there. https://t.co/aDCDIchZ8B
— Peter Bukowski (@Peter_Bukowski) September 7, 2022
The wide receiver room is transitioning without their 2021 leading receiver, Davante Adams. Watson and fellow rookie Romeo Doubs could be quite a handful in the next few seasons with the Packers if they can learn to catch the ball. The sooner Watson is ready to go, the better for the Packers’ 2022 season.