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Cheese Curds, 11/23: Packers’ young WRs should have chances to develop down the stretch

Whether there’s a playoff run in this team or not, it will surely be happy to get its trio of rookie receivers all on the field together soon.

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Early on, Romeo Doubs was the star of the group. Then Samori Toure struck with a big play. Now it’s Christian Watson who has taken the NFL by storm over the last two weeks.

The Green Bay Packers’ trio of rookie receivers have all had their moments this season, but rarely — never, really — have they been productive at the same time. Watson’s breakout has been a welcome one with him finally getting healthy, but the team should be looking forward to Doubs getting back on the field following his ankle injury from a few weeks ago.

Of course, if the Packers can’t get pull off an upset on Sunday night against the Philadelphia Eagles, any realistic chance of making the postseason vanishes. At that point, the receivers won’t be the only group of young players whom the Packers start evaluating. Still, the question remains whether or not Jordan Love is one of those players who will start getting more playing time if the Packers are eliminated.

But regardless of who’s throwing the football, look for the rookie receiver trio to start getting more playing time together — after all, they’re now the only three receivers on the roster who have contracts that run beyond 2022.

Packers need WRs Christian Watson, Romeo Doubs in action together - ESPN
The top two rookie receivers have played just 52 snaps together all season. Hopefully Doubs can get healthy and Watson can stay healthy so the team can see the two work as a tandem down the stretch.

How injuries ruined Packers’ long-shot plan at wide receiver in 2022 | Packers Wire
Here's a look at how the injuries kept that number of joint snaps so low, as well as how they have affected the rest of the receiving corps.

Packers Need More Samori Toure, Less Sammy Watkins - Sports Illustrated
Let's not forget about the Packers' third rookie, who actually had a receiving touchdown before Watson. With Watkins not producing, should the Packers get Toure more snaps?

2022 NFL Rookie of the Year odds: Christian Watson moving into hunt; Kenneth Walker III still favored - The Athletic ($)
Suddenly, Watson has the fourth-shortest odds for the award behind Walker, Houston's Dameon Pierce, and Chris Olave of the Saints.

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Jones is certainly one of the best sports in the game, but it's still mildly amusing to see this nomination come down just a week and a half after grabbing his crotch on his way into the end zone.

If Packers lose to Eagles, it’s time to look to future and Jordan Love | ($)
Tom Silverstein calls on the Packers to get their young QB snaps starting in week 13 should the team drop to 4-8, which would send their playoff chances down to around 3%, according to 538.

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