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Can Romeo Doubs Emerge As Packers’ Surprise Weapon?

  • Justin Melo
  • July 29, 2022
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Green Bay Packers rookie wide receiver Romeo Doubs continues to turn heads at training camp. On Thursday, Doubs made a highlight reel touchdown reception on a back shoulder fade from quarterback Aaron Rodgers

Doubs has received a starring look at camp while fellow receivers Christian Watson and Sammy Watkins have been sidelined with injuries. Doubs could emerge as a surprise weapon for the Packers this season.

A fourth-round selection (No. 132 overall) in the 2022 NFL Draft, Doubs is joining a completely revamped receiver room in Green Bay that should provide equal opportunity for new playmakers to emerge. Based on the buzz Doubs has captured for himself throughout the early portion of camp, there’s no reason Doubs can’t play himself into a semi-prominent role in Green Bay’s offense. Continuing to earn Rodgers’ trust (the two have flashed a quick on-field connection) would help further endear Doubs to head coach Matt LaFleur. It will be worth monitoring Doubs’ progress when the pads come on next week.

Watson, the earlier receiver drafted in Green Bay, hasn’t enjoyed the most productive summer. Focus drops overshadowed Watson’s participation throughout organized team activities (OTAs), and a minor offseason knee surgery landed him on the Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) List earlier this week. The oft-injured Watkins remains sidelined for now. Will the Packers allow Doubs to continue stacking reps with their starters when those two receivers return? We’re anxious to find out.

Rodgers is working with a new group of receivers following a trade that sent Davante Adams to the Las Vegas Raiders. Marquez Valdes-Scantling also departed the Packers earlier this offseason in free agency, signing a deal with the Kansas City Chiefs. Allen Lazard returns to take on a prominent role, but this room is cluttered with uncertainty beyond him. Second-year receiver Amari Rodgers has shown growth this summer and could command a role in the slot. The Packers would be ill-advised to allow pre-draft reputation (Watson) or veteran reclamation projects (Watkins) to get in the way of letting the best players play. It’s early, but right now, that’s Doubs.

Doubs would be no stranger to playing himself into a heavier workload. The Los Angeles, California native had a productive college career at Nevada with a 28% career yardage share. In 2021, Doubs recorded career-highs in receptions (80), receiving yards (1,109), and touchdowns (11). It marked Doubs’ second consecutive 1,000-plus receiving yard campaign. Doubs mostly operated as a deep threat at Nevada, averaging an impressive 17.3 yards per reception in 2020, and 14.8 yards per reception overall across four successful seasons. The Packers notably lost a deep-speed threat in Valdes-Scantling.

Doubs showcased explosive agility on tape throughout the pre-draft process. His straight-line speed meshes nicely with Rodgers’ ability to throw a gorgeous deep ball. Doubs competes at the catch point. He’s tough and strong in contested catch situations. His early camp success isn’t surprising to those that paid attention to him throughout the pre-draft process.
LaFleur has taken note of Doubs’ preparation. The rookie pass-catcher is said to have established an impressive routine. It’s no surprise given Doubs’ off-field demeanor.

“Preparation is always the biggest thing, in my opinion,” Doubs told TDN in April. “I’ve always thought I did a tremendous job being prepared for what’s to come.” The Packers brought Doubs in for an official private pre-draft top 30 visit, TDN learned, via that conversation. He was already on general manager Brian Gutekunst’s radar.

A mixture of injuries, good habits, and standout practice performances have catapulted Doubs into a larger role than imagined thus far. Doubs is a feel-good story emerging from Packers camp.

“I’m going to give my coaches a reason to believe in me as much as I believe in myself and my own abilities,” Doubs told TDN, just days before the Packers drafted him.

Doubs has spoken it into existence thus far.

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Justin Melo