Packers OC Adam Stenavich predicts Christian Watson eventually will be a “problem” for defenses

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Yes, the Green Bay Packers have done a nice job of finding great receivers beyond round one of the draft. But none have walked through the door with bigger expectations and a more urgent need to develop quickly than 2022 second-rounder Christian Watson.

First-year Packers offensive coordinator Adam Stenavich believes it will happen, sooner or later. Embedded in a comprehensive and insightful profile of Watson from Matt Schneidman of TheAthletic.com is this observation and prediction from Watson: “His combination of size and speed is great. He’s a big guy. He can move. He’s going to be a problem once he figures things out.”

The Packers need Watson to figure things out, quickly; if not, the problem will be theirs. And it could be a tall order for a guy who played college football at the FCS level. Suddenly, he’s in the NFL and he’s headed for the top of the depth chart, by necessity.

Necessity is the key word. It’s the mother of invention. And the Packers need Watson to quickly invent himself as a high-end NFL receiver.

That’s why I recently explained it’s important for quarterback Aaron Rodgers to be present for Organized Team Activities (i.e., football practice) in Green Bay. This two-sentence excerpt from Schneidman’s article underscores that reality: “Rodgers can simply glance at a receiver a certain way on the line of scrimmage, and it’s the receiver’s job to know that means to make a certain route adjustment. Meshing with a quarterback as cerebral as Rodgers requires time, and Watson may not have a lot of that before he needs to be the top target in games that count.”

Yes, it requires time. And that time should be happening now.

Again, it’s not a question of whether Rodgers needs to be there for his own sake. It’s whether Rodgers should be there for the sake of Watson and the other receivers who will be expected to fill the void created by the Davante Adams trade.

Ardent Packers fans can huff and puff about this opinion. The question is whether the team will be ready to not have its house blown down at Lambeau Field in the postseason. Every rep that Rodgers and Watson could be getting now could becomes a useful building block toward ensuring that the house, come January, is made fully and completely of brick.

15 responses to “Packers OC Adam Stenavich predicts Christian Watson eventually will be a “problem” for defenses

  1. He’ll develop at a normal pace. No need or reason to place that added pressure on him. That’s the fast lane to ruining promising NFL careers before they start. Packers have offensive weapons. The chattering classes seem to ignore or overlook that.

  2. Not sure what happens in these otas in May will have any effect on what happens in January….pretty sure it won’t actually….but Rodgers should be there just considering his salary alone. But we all know he’s a db, so accept that and move on.

  3. He will be successful because of Rodgers. Rodgers makes any receiver better. You’ll see how average Davante Adams looks in Las Vegas.

  4. Not worried about it. They have Vikings Luck on their side. The kid is a sure fire HOF’er.

  5. A lot of talk for a dude that hasn’t played a single game in the NFL. All that said he lucked out with his QB. Love him or hate him, Aaron can make any WR look elite.

  6. The brick house is named AJ Dillon! They will have a top 5 defense and a solid running game. They faced the 7-0 Cardinals without MVS, Adams and Lazard. They handled them with a steady diet of Dillon and Jones and great defense. It will be the reason they will win at least 11 games this year. Might be a better formula for winning in the playoffs.

  7. As a Vikings fan; I thought Watson had a great chance at being a good WR going into the draft… playing for Rodgers only helps that.

    The reality is that the production level of a rookie WR like Ja’marr Chase or Justin Jefferson are rarities. If Watson get’s 800 yards in his rookie year it will be a successful season for Watson.

  8. archiebunker says:
    May 29, 2022 at 7:00 pm
    The brick house is named AJ Dillon! They will have a top 5 defense and a solid running game. They faced the 7-0 Cardinals without MVS, Adams and Lazard. They handled them with a steady diet of Dillon and Jones and great defense. It will be the reason they will win at least 11 games this year. Might be a better formula for winning in the playoffs.

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    I’m less impressed with 4.4 YPC performance in a 24-21 win against an imploding AZ team that was bad against the run and didn’t make the playoffs.

    Getting a narrow victory without MVS and Adams in a single game against an imploding AZ team is hardly a road map for 11+ wins!

  9. Combine numbers without game production rarely translates to the NFL

  10. Yes, meshing with Rodgers requires time.

    It requires years.

    It’s not happening this season, regardless of whether Rodgers shows up at OTAs or not.

  11. All the size and speed doesn’t work if he doesn’t catch it – that’s the biggest thing he has to work on.

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