Randall Cobb: Christian Watson has the total package

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The Packers have a lot of work to do to replace the production from receiver Davante Adams after trading him to the Raiders in March.

One piece of that puzzle will be rookie receiver Christian Watson, who Green Bay selected with the 34th overall pick of the draft out of North Dakota State. It’s early, but Watson has already made a positive impression on one of his veteran teammates.

He has the total package,” Randall Cobb said, via Wes Hodkiewicz of the Packers’ website. “Just being around him for the past week and seeing some of the things he can do, he has all the tools. He’s very gifted.”

Cobb added that he told Watson to “[j]ust enjoy the process and have fun with it, don’t get so caught up in your head and press and think that it’s going to happen overnight. Because it never does.”

Watson’s development into a quality receiver may not happen overnight, but the Packers need it to happen sooner than later. He caught 105 passes for 2,140 yards with 14 touchdowns in his 52 collegiate appearances, with 43 catches for 801 yards and seven TDs in 2021.

19 responses to “Randall Cobb: Christian Watson has the total package

  1. Really easy to get excited about his potential.

    But as we saw with Adams, it might be tough sledding early.

    I’m still betting that Jones and Dillon will be the guys doing the heavy lifting on offense this year.

  2. The Least Interesting Man Alive says:
    May 25, 2022 at 10:37 am
    Really easy to get excited about his potential.

    But as we saw with Adams, it might be tough sledding early.
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    As we saw with Adams? Adams rookie season he was flanked by two pro bowl receivers. Are you saying Watson will be flanked by two pro bowl receivers who will take away from his targets?

  3. Christopher Allan says:
    May 25, 2022 at 11:08 am
    The Least Interesting Man Alive says:
    May 25, 2022 at 10:37 am
    Really easy to get excited about his potential.

    But as we saw with Adams, it might be tough sledding early.
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    As we saw with Adams? Adams rookie season he was flanked by two pro bowl receivers. Are you saying Watson will be flanked by two pro bowl receivers who will take away from his targets?
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    No… He means how Adams had the “Drops” season 1 and 2.

  4. As a group, no matter the QB, rookie WR’s are not top level performers. For every Randy Moss/Jamar Chase and Justin Jefferson, there are about 30 WR’s who were 1-2-3rd round picks who don’t do much as rookies, even their second year is no guarantee. Arguably Aaron Rodgers best receivers during his career have been Davante Adams and Jordy Nelson neither truly blossomed until their 3rd seasons. This is not to say Watson can’t, anything is possible, but I would not bet the mortgage on it. With Adams,MVS and EQ St.Brown gone from the roster there are like 180-190 targets that have to go to someone. Actually, if you read the tea leaves about NFL readiness, Romeo Doubs is the more likely candidate to make a rookie impact just because he seems to be a more polished player, even if he lacks Watson’s high-end athleticism. Barring injury, I think Doubs will be the more productive rookie. As a Packer fan my hope is that by year 2 or 3 Watson is the clear #1.

  5. That “Total Package” translated to a WHOOPING 2 catches per game during his collegiate career. I would probably pump the brakes on getting too excited about this reach.

  6. Adams was invisible in 2014. In 2015 he dropped nearly 13% of his targets and could not produce yards after catch. Eyes were starting to roll. He eventually developed into a premier receiver. That’s what it takes and that’s what Cobb is describing. All the pieces are there, they just all have to align. It doesn’t happen overnight and rarely happens with a rookie.

  7. David says:
    May 25, 2022 at 11:28 am
    “As a group, no matter the QB, rookie WR’s are not top level performers. For every Randy Moss/Jamar Chase and Justin Jefferson, there are about 30 WR’s who were 1-2-3rd round picks who don’t do much as rookies, even their second year is no guarantee …”
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    All of that that’s way too reasonable for a football comments section. We’re supposed to freak out and call everyone a bust if they don’t make the Pro Bowl their rookie years.

  8. No… He means how Adams had the “Drops” season 1 and 2.
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    Not just the drops.

    Jordy was injured in Adams 2nd year. Instead of stepping up to fill the void, his numbers dropped. Sharply.

    McGinn went as far as saying Adams wouldn’t make it out of camp in 2016.

  9. He’ll take time to develop but GB isn’t desperate.

    Take a look at the receiver group Aaron took on the road, in a short week and beat the undefeated Cardinals with last year.

  10. Rodgers would take .5 seconds trading all his WR’s for what the Saints have in a very short period of time then made that position from a weakness into a strength .
    Who is our #1 wr ? do we truely have a legit # 2 wr ? we have on paper a bunch of # 3’s with a rookie or two who might one day be special .
    What we have a great running game and hopefully i guess a great defense time will tell .

  11. Pretty solid reach the Packers getting him where he was. Let’s hope Rodgers and his 30% of total team salary can make up for the lost talent due to his diva mentality

  12. Rodgers is better at spreading the ball around than just about anyone. It really doesn’t matter. Adams would make it easier, certainly, but it really doesn’t matter.

  13. Rodgers: 2022 Salary Cap Charge: $28,533,568 (13.25% of cap)
    Cousins: 2022 Salary Cap Charge: $31,416,668 (14.97% of cap)

  14. If Watson has just 25 catches, but 5 of them go to the house for 50-75 yards, MVS will be a distant memory and the Packers season would be impacted substantially.

  15. Watson has the tools, but it’s going to take time for him to develop.

    Unfortunately for the Packers, with Rodgers around for another two years at best, time is the one thing they don’t have.

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