Jordan Love is having a fantastic season thus far for the Green Bay Packers, coming off a 17-point fourth-quarter comeback without his starting receiver, running back, and two starting offensive linemen. Through three games, Love has passed for 655 yards, and seven touchdowns, with the sixth-highest rated quarterback rating in the NFL. To make these numbers more impressive, he’s doing so without his best receiver.
Christian Watson’s Availability
Christian Watson, the Green Bay Packers’ projected WR1, has yet to see the field this season. The 6’4 receiver with unbelievable speed made quite the name for himself in his rookie season. Taking over possibly the best receiver in the NFL’s position in Devonte Adams, Watson had to fill some very big shoes.
Last season, Watson finished with 41 receptions for 611 yards and seven touchdowns in 14 games. Not outstanding numbers, but for a rookie, he certainly impressed. More than anything, he established himself as a deep threat. He averaged 14.9 yards per catch, with his longest being 63 yards. This play style will work very, very well with Love at quarterback.
Being out for the last three weeks, Watson left Love with quite the challenge. Having to lead an offense without a true WR1, Love did a great job, leaving week three with a winning record. While it’s not 100 percent certain yet, Watson is planning on playing on Thursday night against the Lions, finally making his season debut.
How Christian Watson and Jordan Love Will Fit Like Two Peas in a Pod
Love has the farthest average depth of target in the NFL with an average of 10.9 yards. While this has caused his completion percentage to plummet severely, that should change once Watson is back in the lineup. Love is looking to push the ball downfield, and Watson will help him do just that.
This could lead to a breakout year for Watson, and a huge first season for Love. If Love can keep his turnover numbers low, there’s no doubt he will be a top-10 quarterback in terms of statistics. Furthermore, as other weapons return, the Packers will have a great chance at seeing the postseason.