Brian Gutekunst: Christian Watson gives us something to take top off of defenses

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All expectations were that the Packers would take a wide receiver early in this year’s draft and they fulfilled them by taking Christian Watson with the 34th overall pick early in the second round.

Watson averaged more than 20 yards a catch during his time at North Dakota State and that big-play ability was highlighted by Packers General Manager Brian Gutekunst during a recent appearance on SiriusXM NFL Radio. Marquez Valdes-Scantling‘s departure as a free agent opened a specific role that Gutekunst thinks Watson can fill.

“The speed and the size jump off the tape,” Gutekunst said. “That’s certainly going to give us something to take the top off the defense. With MVS leaving in free agency, that will replace that I think initially.”

Valdes-Scantling wasn’t the only receiver to leave the Packers this offseason and Davante Adams had a more expansive role in the team’s offense. Gutekunst said the team also likes Watson’s “ability to develop into an all-around receiver” based on the variety of things he did while in college, but it appears the team won’t be dropping him immediately into a similar role to the one Adams used to fill in their offense.

12 responses to “Brian Gutekunst: Christian Watson gives us something to take top off of defenses

  1. This GM has done a bad job. He is similar in performance to the guy who wasted Andrew Luck’s career over in Indianapolis, Ryan Grigson. Never built an OL to protect him. Terrible.

  2. Watson’s physical profile is different than Adams’. This is not a cookie-cutter business. Offenses (and defenses) have to be tailored to take advantage of the skill sets of the players. Gutey is also aware of his other draft pick receivers, each of whom showed he is capable of adding to the offense.

    It’s going to be a great season.

  3. This kid averaged all of 2 catches a game last year as a 5th year senior playing against tiny schools. I don’t see how he’s going to make much of an impact this year.

  4. The trade to take Watson at 34 was graded as one of the top 5 NFL draft transactions of 2022. The only problem… that grade was for the team that traded out of that spot, reaping a ridiculous haul. Gutekunst reaching here, to make Lorde Rodgers happy, is going to ruin this team.

  5. Great athlete but the Receivers coach has a lot of work to do getting his hands ready. Many hours on the JUGS machine or something, and then lots of stickum or some great gloves. They eventually cured MVS of most of his dropsies, and should be able to get Watson there too, but it will be a process. Doubs and maybe even the guy from Nebraska may make more immediate impacts.

  6. It doesn’t matter who is catching the ball from Rodgers. He is better than most when it comes to spreading the ball around. This is on him. The Packers have given him unbelievable talent to work with, and he becomes a candle in the wind in the postseason. Winning a SuperBowl is on Rodgers, not coaching, not teammates. Him.

  7. toothfairyretributionmanifesto says:
    that grade was for the team that traded out of that spot, reaping a ridiculous haul
    ====================
    Gutey paid a 20 trade point premium in that trade,… the equivilent of 4 spots in round 2. Hardly “Ridiculous”. He got a player with a 1st round grade. A good trade.

  8. Combine numbers and dropped passes will “take top off of defenses”? Sounds like MVS type hope. Rinse and repeat.

  9. The biggest difference among the NFCN teams and their expectations for success is still Aaron Rodgers, again, and nothing has changed. Get used to it, and good luck with it.

  10. Too bad the Packers couldn’t get the steal of the draft like our Vikings did with Laquan Treadwell.

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