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Aaron Rodgers may have lost his top wide receiver this off-season when Green Bay traded Davante Adams for the Las Vegas Raiders, but Rodgers loves the guns that surround him as he enters his 18th NFL season.
Green Bay three wide receivers lined up in the 2022 NFL Draft, with Christian Watson of North Dakota State being selected in the second round, Romeo Doubs of Nevada in the fourth and Samori Toure of Nebraska in the seventh round.
Rodgers likes what he’s seen from the rookies and praised them during a recent appearance on “The Pat McAfee Show.”
“We need to get Samori a little bit more focused, but he’s very talented. And I thought he had a really nice camp and did great things,” Rodgers said on Friday.
“But I think the other two guys could have an immediate impact on us. I’m talking about Romeo Dobbs and Christian Watson.”
Watson did not appear in Green Bay’s preseason games due to a knee injury, but Rodgers has enjoyed what he saw of him in training.
“Maybe I should change Dave Bakhtiari’s nickname because maybe this kid is the new baby giraffe, or more like a deer, because out there he’s just jumping and flying around on the field. This guy has an incredible stride length. And really, for a man. who is six feet, his speed is legitimate,” Rodgers said Friday. “It was nice to have him. He’s a different type of receiver than we’ve had. A guy who’s this big with that kind of stride length and that speed.”
On Monday, Packer’s head coach Matt LaFleur said he hopes to see Watson on the field Sunday in Green Bay’s first game of the regular season.
“You can see the physical skills, the speed and strength he possesses,” LaFleur said on Monday. “I think he still has a lot to learn. We are trying to acclimate him as soon as possible.”
“That’s the hope, but again, we’ll see where he is at the end of the week,” LaFleur said when asked if Watson would play on Sunday.
Green Bay travels to Minnesota on Sunday to play against the Vikings in Week 1.