So close but so, so far away.
Dennis from Beavercreek, OH
I was hoping for Jarvis Landry, but the Sammy Watkins deal is well worth it. To get a good vet for $4 million is really good. Do you think we got a good deal because it was right before the draft? I often thought this time benefits the team and right after the draft benefits the player.
It was a quintessential Packers move. Whether it was Ted Thompson or Brian Gutekunst at the controls, Green Bay never likes to be painted into a corner with “need” going into an NFL Draft. They like having options. While Green Bay still needs to draft a receiver or two, Watkins gives the offense a low-risk, high-ceiling veteran. Like I said after MVS’s departure, it would be helpful to have a veteran take some of the burden off the young receivers in September and October. Watkins is that guy, especially when it comes to regular-season openers. So, Watkins’ signing didn’t surprise me. That’s how the Packers like to set their table.
Just a comment… I am immensely happy that GB has 11 picks this year. I believe in quality first, of course, but quantity has to be there as well. The mention of Miami only having limited picks, the earliest in the third round, makes me glad GB doesn’t have that problem. How can teams like Miami ever really become elite teams with only four picks? Talk about signing FAs for the moment and putting all your eggs in one basket! How can they possibly hit on a keeper in the draft?
Draft picks are currency in the NFL. While money doesn’t buy happiness, you can do a lot with it. Having fewer picks means having less flexibility. That’s not necessarily a bad thing (See: 2021 Los Angeles Rams) but the future can look bleak if the investment doesn’t pay off.
Nick from Springfield, MO
As a Packer backer in Chiefs’ territory, I am excited about the Watkins signing. My brother is a huge Chiefs fan and was very disappointed they did not keep Watkins a couple years back. His reasoning was Watkins’ ability as a blocker in open space. With Lazard and Watkins on the edges the RBs are going to have a huge year and will be bumped up in my fantasy draft big board. Great signing, Guty!
That’s another plus for Watkins. He’s a great athlete but also not afraid to get his jersey dirty.
Michael from Puerto Morelos, Mexico
The Watkins signing seemed to happen fast. It probably didn’t though. Do the Packers send a team representative to interview or work out a veteran player before bringing them in? Do players normally pay their own airfare? In general, how does work or are they all different?
The Packers brought Watkins in for a visit on Thursday, which I assume was mostly a formality to give him a quick tour of the facility and check some boxes on his medicals.
Tyler from Cross Plains, WI
I see the list of players attending the draft was released, does that tell you anything about who is expected to be picked in Round 1? I saw there were two QBs on the list, maybe they were given word that they would be drafted in Round 1? I know, especially this year, I wouldn’t accept the invitation if there was a chance I would slip out of the first round and be the poor guy with the camera in his face all Day 1-2.
You’re offering a free ticket to Vegas and the opportunity to ride a ferry to the middle of the Bellagio fountain? Sign me up. I’d wait all three days for that. I couldn’t care less about the wait. Aaron Rodgers and Randall Cobb endured long waits and it hasn’t impacted their NFL careers. If anything, it probably helped.
Steven from Silver Spring, MD
Sammy Watkins seems to check off several types of boxes: He is a deep threat along the lines of MVS. He is also a veteran WR signing a one-year deal which fits the narrative of the relief pitcher prototype that seems to be trending in the league. For as much as we talk about Davante’s greatness, it is hard not to look at deals like Desean Jackson and similar players who have been had at low-risk deals and can produce when the system and QB are good.
The price tag on the premium players is at an all-time high, but there also are solid veterans making just a few mill right now. For a receiver like Watkins, all it takes is one big year to be back in the mix to land a bigger deal – just like De’Vondre Campbell and Rasul Douglas did last year.
Jordan from Virginia Beach, VA
I feel like the holdovers at WR (Randall Cobb, Amari Rodgers and Allen Lazard) are all more slot and jet-motion type receivers. Cobb and Rodgers due to size and shiftiness and Lazard for his blocking skills. Does Sammy Watkins fall into that same category, and if so, who out of those four is best suited to line up outside? Which guy in the draft would be the best fit, size-wise, to play opposite of your choice? I really like Jahan Dotson and his ability to produce with subpar QB play.
Lazard and Watkins are probably the two perimeter options out of those four, though both have worked extensively inside. People sometimes forget Watkins is not a small dude. He hovers right around 6-1, 211 pounds. The Packers need an all-around receiver from this year’s draft, but the good news is there are several solid candidates, Dotson among them.
Good morning, Wes. Do you think Sammy Watkins will be asked to participate on special teams? It could be either as a gunner or punt/kick returner. Thanks.
I don’t think so. He’s only played four snaps on special teams in his NFL career, none of them since 2017.
Steve from Land O’ Lakes, FL
One observation about Christian Watson. He is already used to wearing GB colors.
I know there are a lot of Packers fans who would love nothing more than Watson and Alec Pierce finding their way to Green Bay. That would certainly cause media and fans a lot of grammatical issues with Watkins now here, too. And shout out to Bill Huber, too. I didn’t realize Watson’s dad was a former Packers draft pick (Tim Watson, 1993).