The Packers face the same issue they have faced the previous few seasons: uncertainty about the receiving corps. The fact is, Aaron Rodgers will be working with several news receivers this season due to losing his go-to guy Davante Adams and the occasional deep threat, MVS. Any nfl betting site will likely mention the impact of this on this season’s odds.
This past April, the Green Bay Packers added another target for Aaron Rogers after signing Sammy Watkins to a one-year contract worth up to $4 million.
Watkins was a standout receiver at Clemson, catching 82 passes for 1219 yards and 12 touchdowns as a freshman, leading the country in yards per game, touchdowns, and all-purpose yards. As a sophomore, he had 57 receptions and three touchdowns, but exploded as a junior, hauling in 101 passes for 1464 yards and 12 touchdowns. Watkins was MVP of the Orange Bowl and announced in January of 2014 that he would enter the NFL Draft.
Selected fourth overall the by Buffalo Bills, Watkins caught 65 passes for 982 yards as a rookie and 60 passes for 1047 yards and nine touchdowns in his second season. Appearing to be a tsar in the making, Watkins played in only eight games in 2016 and was traded to Rams prior to the 2017 season. He caught only 67 passes combined of 24 games during that stretch.
Watkins looked to get his career back on track after signing with the Chiefs as a free agent in 2018. Despite playing in the Chiefs high-powered offense, Watkins only managed about 40 catches per season over the next three seasons.
Last season, Watkins was with the Baltimore Ravens on a one-year deal for $5 million. He played in 13 games but managed only 27 catches for 394 yards and multiple dropped passes. Watkins struggled with injury and missed a game versus the Packers due to COVID. His playing time dwindled to just 15 snaps per game over the final five games and didn’t catch a pass.
2022 Packer Wide Receiver Corps Getting a Lot of Negativity
Despite his ever-increasingly dwindling production, Watkins is a veteran in the mix after the trade of Davante Adams and the free-agent loss of Marquez Valdes-Scantling. While the Packers got Christian Watson out of North Dakota State in the second-round of the draft, there is no guarantee for top production. Adding a player with Watkins’ experience can only help the team.
Allen Lazard, Randall Cobb and Amari Rodgers will all return with experience working with Rodgers(although Watkins does have past experience working under Matt LaFleur). As has been shown again and again, the Packers’ offensive stats when Adams was not playing are still quite impressive and that is likely to continue this next season.