After a disappointing 24-22 loss to the New York Giants, the Green Bay Packers, now 6-7, are facing challenges in their quest for a playoff spot, especially with injuries affecting key players like Christian Watson and Dontayvion Wicks. In the midst of these setbacks, Bleacher Report suggests that re-signing former Packers wide receiver Sammy Watkins could be a strategic move to bolster the receiving corps.
Watkins, a one-time Super Bowl champion, spent part of the 2022 season with the Packers and possesses a similar profile to Watson—a larger receiver with the ability to make plays down the field. Bleacher Report argues that Watkins’ familiarity and chemistry with quarterback Jordan Love from the previous season make him a viable option for the late-season playoff push.
However, the article also presents a counterargument, emphasizing that Watkins is currently a free agent without a place on any NFL practice squad. Despite his past contributions with 13 receptions for 206 yards in nine games with the Packers last season, his subsequent release and limited impact with the Baltimore Ravens raise questions about his current level of contribution.
As the Packers contemplate their options for Week 15, the article suggests that Bo Melton on their practice squad, with over a year in the team’s system, might be a more prudent choice if additional support is needed. Ultimately, the decision to reunite with Watkins is deemed highly unlikely, considering the Packers’ current situation, past decisions, and Watkins’ own injury history.
The Packers, led by head coach Matt LaFleur, find themselves at a critical juncture in the season, navigating through injuries and strategic player considerations to secure their place in the NFL Playoffs.