The Green Bay Packers and Christian Watson have officially begun their 2023 season. Both Christian Watson and Romeo Doubs proved in 2022 that their future is bright in this league. Even after a slow start to the season, Watson finished with 41 receptions, 611 receiving yards, and seven touchdowns. He seemed unstoppable at times during the second half of the season. It was during the first half of the season, however, that led Watson to release an announcement prior to the 2023 season.
Christian Watson Releases Announcement Going Into 2023 Season
According to an article by Colin Gallant:
Green Bay Packers rookie Christian Watson ended up being excellent for his team in 2022 — but it started off as an absolute nightmare after he dropped what would be an easy touchdown on the first target of his NFL career in Week 1 against the Minnesota Vikings.
Watson opened up about the play in an exclusive interview with PFF’s Trevor Sikkema on Wednesday.
“I knew we were going to call that play,” Watson told Sikkema. “Throughout the week we called it on multiple occasions at practice, and we were hitting on it, so the coaches told me we were going to start with that. I was hyped up. We got the perfect coverage for it seeing inside leverage. In my mind, right away I was thinking, ‘This is it, this is the start of my career.’”
It didn’t at all go as planned, as the ball went right through Watson’s hands for a drop. He didn’t see another target from Aaron Rodgers until the fourth quarter of that game.
“It was a positive and a negative for me,” the 24-year-old continued. “I didn’t take advantage of the opportunity, and I didn’t have the correct mindset. I was thinking, ‘This is easy.’ I lost my fundamentals. My hands were too far apart. I was fading away from the ball; I didn’t have that attacking mindset. It went from the best way to start my career to one of the worst possible ways to start my career, dropping a touchdown.”
Watson bounced back in a big way after that, leading all rookie receivers in touchdowns with seven, explosive plays with 13 and trailing only Garrett Wilson in receiving yards (523 to Wilson’s 582) afterwards.
As I mentioned earlier, Watson seemed unstoppable at times during the second half of the season. In fact, he also broke the NFL rookie record for most touchdowns scored in a four-game span for a rookie wide receiver. That was a record held by legendary Hall of Fame receiver Randy Moss. Going into 2023, Watson seemed focused on only improve on that record breaking play. The new weapons the Green Bay Packers have added around Watson will surely help as well.
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