A big-bodied target with all the athleticism in the world, when I heard a comparison last fall that wide receiver Christian Watson reminded one AFC scout of the great Randy Moss, I had to turn on the film and believe it with my own eyes. An imposing athlete that uses all of his chiseled 6-foot-5 frame to his advantage, while injuries and drops littered his first few months as a pro, Watson has become the newest headliner within the Green Bay Packers’ aerial attack.
The first pass-catcher out of North Dakota State to be selected since Stacy Robinson was taken in the second round in 1985, Watson’s breakout game against the Dallas Cowboys has provided a stepping stool toward him becoming one of Aaron Rodgers’ favorite targets.
Happy for Christian Watson. A talent that has all the tools to be whatever he wants to be on Sundays.
One of the more unique athletes in the ‘22 class.
— Ryan Fowler (@_RyanFowler_) November 13, 2022
Watson hauled in four catches for 103 yards and a trio of touchdowns after entering Week 10 with 10 catches in six prior appearances combined. A unique blazer for his size, Watson is able to win a multitude of ways and was utilized as such in college that averaged a tick over 35 points per game.
Flexed out primarily as the X receiver in the high-flying NDSU offense, what made Watson such an intriguing talent in school showcased itself on Sunday in the number of ways he can provide an impact. All it takes sometimes is for the metaphorical lightbulb to go off. While the fuse has been delayed, Sunday placed a bright spotlight on the production he’s able to have when given the opportunity to flourish on the outside.
A vertically imposing threat where eyes are drawn to him solely for his mold and makeup, Watson’s speed and ability to glide past secondary defenders is a trait unseen from many of today’s pros with a build similar to that of the first-year talent. He glides in open grass. While Dallas looked to bracket him at times working into the second half on Sunday, Watson’s ability to kick into fifth gear to scoot past the secondary drew the attention of Rodgers all afternoon long.
Four catches won’t blow anyone away. But at 27 yards a pop? That’s efficiency and big-play ability in a nutshell. Now, it’s about fine-tuning his game within the tighter areas of the offense. It’s not every week that 75% of your receptions end up in the end zone. Although big plays change the landscape of football games, Christian Watson blossoming into a 10-plus target per game guy for Rodgers remains in the cards as a second-round selection for a Green Bay unit that hopes to remain in the wild-card hunt.
- Dec 09, 2022
- Dec 09, 2022