How the Packers offense goes through life without All-Pro wide receiver Davante Adams will be a major storyline in Green Bay during training camp and throughout the 2022 season. Jare Alexander is doing his part to help deal with the loss.
The Packers cornerback said part of his plan this summer is to help the young Packers WR corps pick up speed.
“I will do my best for these guys because I know it will pay off on Sunday. Iron sharpens iron,” Alexander said earlier this month. via USA Today’s Packers Wire. “However, I can help make them better, I’m going to do it.”
Green Bay traded in the second round to select WR Christian Watson and selected Romeo Daubes in the fourth round of the April Draft. The rookies will join veterans Randall Cobb, Sammy Watkins and Allen Lazard to complement Aaron Rodgers’ passing goals this season.
While Watson has a lot of experience in wide reception, the ND State product welcomes Alexander’s tutelage.
“It only makes me better,” Watson said. “He’ll tell me straight out why he broke down on my route, exactly what indicator I gave on the route, and I know that if I open up, I know it was a great route for me.”
At 6’5″, weighs 208 pounds and has a 4.36 for 40 yards in the NFL scouts, Watson has the physique to be the No. 1 wide receiver. He caught 43 balls for 800 yards and seven touchdowns in his senior season and counts as one of the second-round interceptions.
“It’s definitely a great experience to go against him and he’s obviously coaching me even if I’m on the other side of the ball,” Watson said.
Packers rookies getting a crash course from those across from them on the driving range have become a common occurrence lately. And it was a successful script for the most part.
Alexander experienced it first hand before the 2018 season when Adams greeted him at the professional level. As a rookie, he made 11 starts and has since grown into one of the best CBs in the NFL. On May 16, Green Bay awarded Alexander a four-year, $84 million extension.
More recently, Eric Stokes, a first-rounder last season, has been on the fast track. Adams was there again to show what it takes to cover for one of the NFL’s elite wide receivers, and Stokes overcame some growing pains early in the season to eventually become the Packer’s No. 1 covering man after Alexander went down with an injury.
Replacing Adams with 123 receptions, 1,553 yards and 11 touchdowns from last season is a record that even the All-Pros can’t promise, but Watson will have the opportunity to hit the ground running on the Packers’ powerful offense. Alexander is doing his best to prepare him for a key role.