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Rodgers is sending a strong message about young WR emerging as a top target for Packers

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The Green Bay Packers are briefly a proven No. 1 pass catcher on the roster, but they may have had the weapon they need in the wide receiver room all along.

A rookie stole the show on offense during the first week of training camp, although it wasn’t the way some Packers fans probably expected. While second-round pick Christian Watson has been on a break since June after knee surgery, Romeo Doubs, fourth-round selection, makes everyone sit up and take notice every day in training.

Everyone from the field to the front office has taken notice, including Doubs’ new quarterback and two-time reigning NFL MVP Aaron Rodgers, who announced the freshman after practice Wednesday, Aug. 3 after practice with the media praised.

“Every single day there was at least one ‘wow’ game from him,” Rodgers said about Doubs. “It’s pretty rare for a young man like him. Well, we’ve had quite a few people over the years who’ve done that, but they’re all in the top 10 in Packers reception history.

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It wasn’t just Rodgers who’s enjoyed Doubs’ time with the team so far this preseason. General manager Brian Gutekunst and head coach Matt LaFleur also caught the eye.

“It’s a great start, it’s a credit [Doubs’] Preparation and how he took advantage of the opportunities,” Gutekunst said on Wednesday. “He was a very prolific collegiate player, a guy who could win in a lot of different ways – distance running, speed, power, explosiveness. He really attacked it. [Coach LaFleur] has talked about his preparation and his habits and that has allowed him to capitalize on those opportunities.”

Matt Schneidman from The Athletic details one such opportunity that arose during Tuesday’s one-on-one practice routes, which pitted the Packers’ pass catchers against members of the team’s secondary.

“Romeo Doubs burned [cornerback] Eric Stokes on the right touchline for a Rodgers TD. Schneidmann tweeted. “Stokes then slammed his helmet shut.”

Doubs has both length and high speed, making him a potential big threat on Green Bay’s offense. At 22, Gutekunst said Doubs was probably one of the most NFL-ready receivers to come out in the 2022 draft.

The wideout is 6 feet, 2 inches tall and weighs 204 pounds. He also produced consecutive years of 1,000+ yards received during his final two seasons at the University of Nevada, a rare achievement at any level of conference.

If the Packers found a diamond in the rough when drafting Doubs, the team has a good chance of winning two-for-two of their top two wide receiver selections this season.

Watson has even better measurable qualities than Doubs, although he hasn’t had the same chance to show them. Green Bay put Watson on the PUP list prior to camp, where he remains after a knee injury that Gutekunst described as not “long-term.”

“It was one of those things where we got out of OTAs and there was kind of a thought process, ‘Are you going to try and see through the season and end this after the 2022 season, or should we just go ahead and do it? now?’” Gutekunst said on July 27. “And we’ve been doing it right now, so he’s going to miss a bit of time at camp, but it’s not long-term.”

“It was one of those things where we got out of OTAs and there was kind of a thought process, ‘Are you going to try and see through the season and end this after the 2022 season, or should we just go ahead and do it? now?’” Gutekunst said on July 27. “And we’ve been doing it right now, so he’s going to miss a bit of time at camp, but it’s not long-term.”



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