As the Green Bay Packers resolved the Aaron Rodgers situation, they faced another when Davante Adams left for the Las Vegas Raiders.
It would be hard to replicate his production last season, where he was second in receptions, third in receiving yards and fifth in touchdowns.
Those odds would have made him the Offensive Player of the Year, had it not been for Cooper Kupp’s dominance.
But his departure gave the Packers another concern to address, and they may have found the solution in Sammy Watkins.
The former Clemson star has joined Green Bay on a one-year, $4 million deal.
Watkins’ numbers are a far cry from Adams’, but there are positive signs that he is a capable substitute.
He is in the early years of his career and Rodgers’ precision will help him improve his performance.
Similarly, The Packers Wire editor Zack Kruse pointed out that Watkins is also a legitimate threat to the deep routes.
Sammy Watkins caught just 27 passes last season, but…
One was a 36-yarder on the 4th and 19th, setting up a game-winning field goal against the LIONS
One was a 29-yarder on 3rd-12, setting up a game-winning touchdown against BEARS
It will fit perfectly
— Zach Kruse (@zachkruse2) April 15, 2022
Kruse cited two instances last season when he adapted for the Baltimore Ravens.
Along with finishing receptions for 36 and 29 yards, those plays also prove he’s a clutch performer after making critical catches on third and fourth downs.
More importantly, Watkins made those receptions against the Detroit Lions and Chicago Bears.
Therefore, he will have more opportunities to fill his highlight reel as he will face these teams at least twice next season.
Packers will always draft a wide receiver
Yes, Watkins still has the speed to grab the attention of defensive backs.
That way fellow receivers Allen Lazard and Randall Cobb could get favorable coverage on their routes.
But Green Bay needs to surround Rodgers with more talent, and they could use one of their first-round picks to select a wide receiver.
The 2022 NFL Draft will feature a deep expanded class, making it the perfect opportunity to draft Adams’ successor with their No. 22 or No. 28 picks.
If the Watkins experiment fails, rookie sensation can help save the day.