We are now officially through one-third of the NFL regular season and the Packers are second in the NFC North. The Minnesota Vikings are currently running away with the North as we try to find our identity this year. Three Packers players have stepped up and surpassed their expectations this season. One has shocked us a lot more than the other two but all three are helping the Packers stay in games this year, even if the final game score says otherwise.
Rookie Wide Receiver Romeo Doubs
Rookie wide receiver Romeo Doubs was drafted by the Green Bay Packers in the fourth round of the 2022 NFL draft. He was one of three wide receivers drafted by the Packers and the most explosive to date. He had an uphill battle as the speed that he played at in college was a tad slower than the NFL. Doubs played college ball at Nevada. Through six games this season, Doubs is third on the team in receiving yards, second in receptions, and leads the team in targets from quarterback Aaron Rodgers.
As a fourth-round wideout, Doubs wasn’t expected to play much this season with fellow rookie wide receiver Christian Watson being drafted early in the second round after the Packers traded up to get him. Watson has been dealing with injuries during training camp and now during the season so it has opened up Doubs to some massive playing time. With injuries happening to other playmakers on the offense each week, look for Romeo to continue being a focal point for Rodgers and the offense.
Romeo Doubs with the strong hands catch pic.twitter.com/STOtK9xGjy— Hogg (@HoggNFL) October 16, 2022
Tight End Robert Tonyan After 2021 ACL Tear
Packers tight end Robert Tonyan was a big question mark coming into this season. Tonyan tore his ACL halfway through the regular season in 2021 and it was unclear if he’d bounce back or not. Many remember Tonyan from his 2020 campaign as he and Rodgers connected a lot which led Tonyan to a top-five finish at tight end. He posted 11 touchdowns that year for 586 yards. Tonyan started off slow this season as he was restricted with a snap count as he continued to nurse his knee. Week six was the game that everyone waited for, Tonyan went crazy. With six games in the books, Tonyan has already surpassed his receiving stats from last season.
Robert Tonyan today:— Zack 🧀 (@ShowtymeZack) October 16, 2022
90 Receiving Yards
One of the few bright spots this game pic.twitter.com/MJpH7qz8yQ
In Week six against the New York Jets, Robert Tonyan was the offense. He corraled ten receptions on 12 targets for 90 yards. If there was any doubt about his health, you can throw it away. Tonyan looks to be in great shape and should be heavily involved in the passing game moving forward. With fellow wide receiver Randall Cobb nursing an ankle injury, Sammy Watkins still sitting on injured reserve, and Christian Watson possibly heading the injured reserve, Aaron Rodgers will need his six-foot-five tight end to stay healthy.
Dynamic Running Back Aaron Jones
Aaron “Showtyme” Jones as he calls himself has been there for the team week in and week out. Whether the Packers are moving the ball through the air or on the ground, number 33 is somewhere on the field helping his team out. Depending on head coach Matt LaFleur’s game plan, Jones has seen his involvement all over the place but when he’s needed, he steps up. He has yet to see his snap percentage fall below 56 percent this season. Many expected fellow running back AJ Dillon to cut into Aaron’s snaps and involvement but that has not been the case yet this season.
Unfortunately, even though Aaron Jones is a stellar running back, he’s had some issues with the coaching this year. Fans would agree that coaching on both sides of the ball has been shaky to start this season. With an easy schedule after the loss of Davante Adams, the Packers should not be 3-3 this year. Poor coaching has continued to be an issue this season and Aaron Jones will continue to voice his concerns. For the second straight week, he has called out Matt LaFleur on his playcalling.