The Green Bay Packers had to overhaul their wide receiver position this offseason. The top two players at the position the last few seasons, Davante Adams and Marquez Valdes-Scantling, both moved on this offseason.
Adams had the franchise tag placed on him and was subsequently traded to the Las Vegas Raiders. Valdes-Scantling signed a three-year, $30 million deal with the Kansas City Chiefs to help replace Tyreek Hill, who was traded to the Miami Dolphins.
Needing to find some reinforcements themselves, the Packers got to work. One veteran that they brought in was Sammy Watkins, who spent the 2021 season with the Baltimore Ravens.
Like in previous seasons, injuries derailed Watkins from finding success on the field. He missed four games last season and plummeted down the depth chart as a result, finishing with career-lows in receptions, yardage and touchdowns.
Despite that, there is some optimism that Watkins can turn things around in Green Bay. Quarterback Aaron Rodgers is happy to have him in the fold and was 100 percent on board with the move. Rodgers is a fan of him and is confident he will get the job done.
Looking to get back on track, Green Bay is a great landing spot for Watkins. There is a chance that he can be the No. 1 target in this offense, as they are looking for someone to assume the mantle left by Adams.
His biggest competition will be Allen Lazard, the longest-tenured wide receiver unless you count Randall Cobb, who played with the Packers the first eight seasons of his career in Green Bay before a two-season hiatus spent with the Dallas Cowboys and Houston Texans. Second-round pick Christian Watson and fourth-rounder Romeo Doubs will also factor into the mix.
While Watkins won’t replicate what Adams did, as he is arguably the best wide receiver in the NFL, he will help compensate for his loss as long as he can stay healthy. Outside of Cobb, he is the most accomplished receiver on the team and that will count for something when it comes to getting on the field early on with Rodgers.