Packers Veteran receiver Sammy Watkins is eligible to return from injury reserve next week when Green Bay faces the Washington Commanders. Watkins warmed up and ran routes before the Jets matchup Sunday. 2022 is a critical year for Watkins. This offseason he signed a one-year deal with the Packers worth nearly two million dollars. In two games this year, Watkins caught six passes for 111 yards. He has been nursing a hamstring injury that occurred in week 3 of the season. In Week three head coach Matt LaFleur had this to say about the Sammy Watkins injury
“I feel awful about that, because I feel like we probably pushed our guys a little too hard in that regard, coming off a physical game, a night game. He’s done everything in his power to be in great shape, and he is in great shape.”
Sammy Watkins, who has dealt with various injuries throughout his career, is an important piece of the Packers in 2022. Matt LaFleur mentioned his ability to spread defenses early in the season
“I definitely don’t see him just as a possession-type receiver. I think that was pretty evident [Week 2]. He still has an unbelievable acceleration. He’s so strong. He can run through a ball. It was great to create some explosive plays with him.”
Sammy Watkins running routes before the game. He’s eligible to come off injured reserve (hamstring) next week. pic.twitter.com/nOHNjLy8kr
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Sammy Watkins or Romeo Doubs
If Sammy Watkins can return, it’s unclear if he will move back into his starting spot. Romeo Doubs has held that spot since Week 3. Doubs has been inconsistent at times but is a valuable piece of the Packer’s offense. Sammy Watkins is an aging veteran who’s career has been dominated by inconsistency and injury. The former 4th overall pick hasn’t lived up to expectations, his best year coming as a rookie in Buffalo. One thing is sure. The Packers need offensive help. Receiver depth is a problem for this team. It could cost them dearly if the Packers don’t make an addition before the trade deadline.