NFL training camp season is upon us, and we are all looking for reports (follow us on Instagram) of our favorite players or breakout players building chemistry with their new quarterback, assimilating to a new offense, or just improving on past success.
A name that has stood out at Green Bay Packers camp is fourth-round rookie wide receiver Romeo Doubs.
Doubs was a star receiver at Nevada, posting back-to-back 1,000-yard seasons and 20 touchdowns over his last two seasons with the Wolf Pack. Doubs flourished in Jay Norvell’s Air Raid offense with Carson Strong behind center — the Wolf Pack attempted 522 passes his senior season.
Doubs broke out during his sophomore season and never looked back, posting a career 24.6% college target share, which ranks in the 73 percentile all time. Doubs also ranked sixth in the FBS in yards per punt return last season.
Prior to the NFL Combine, Doubs suffered a minor knee injury and did not test — which may have been why he slipped to the fourth round of this year’s draft.
SHOWING OUT WITH THE PACKERS’ 1ST-TEAM OFFENSE
Reports out of Packers camp have been amazing so far for Doubs, who received early praise from his head coach and Aaron Rodgers.
“Romeo Doubs has had a really nice start to camp,” Rodgers said. “Getting a lot of attention based on some of the plays he’s made. Like the approach, very understated kid, very humble kid…We all feel really good about Romeo and the start he’s off to.”
With Davante Adams’ departure and injuries to Christian Watson and Sammy Watkins, Doubs has been given the opportunity to run with the offense’s first team and hasn’t looked back.
“I understand that celebrating is important. I just make sure I try to focus on the next play,” Doubs said. “That’s my biggest thing for me. You can have a great play, next play could be bad. Emotions kinda change, so that’s why I try to make sure I stay flat-lined.”
Doubs’ made the play of early camp when he Moss’ed DB Eric Stokes for a touchdown. Even more impressive than the catch, Doubs recounted to reporters what went through his mind before and during the catch.
He said he knew at the line of scrimmage it was man coverage because Stokes had “heavy eyes” on him. Then, he anticipated the play might come his way “just based on spacing,” with enough room between him and the sideline to attack the ball and still get his feet down in bounds.
Finally, he became as sure as any rookie could that Rodgers would give him the chance when Stokes turned his back to the QB and would be unable to know when and where the ball would be.
“He made a hell of a catch,” Stokes added. “We know for a fact that 50/50 balls, he’s good at going up and high-pointing and finishing catches. Coming in, you’ve got to know he’s a hell of a player and you’ve got to make sure you’re on your P’s and Q’s with him.”
With Watkins back at practice and Watson “day to day” with knee soreness, Doubs will look to continue the positive momentum as training camp rolls along.
COULD DOUBS BE A 2022 FANTASY ASSET?
Rodgers is notorious for not targeting rookie wide receivers. However, this might be Rodgers’ worst receiving core in his 18-year career. Allen Lazard has one season over 500 yards, Randall Cobb is a shell of his former self, Watkins hasn’t stayed healthy since his rookie season, and Watson is as raw as they come for an NFL prospect.
With the entire room a collective question mark and over 240 available targets from last season, Doubs has the skill-set to break through and build a rapport with Rodgers. Keep tabs on The Wolf’s 2022 Fantasy Rankings to monitor his ascension. The rookie is also an excellent stash for dynasty league managers.
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