Christian Watson

Green Bay Packers
Wide Receiver
Green Bay Packers
Wide Receiver
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Christian Watson News

Continues scoring spree

Watson caught three of six targets for 48 yards and a touchdown, and rushed once for 46 yards and another score in Sunday's 28-19 win over the Bears.

Analysis: Watson is one of the league's hottest playmakers, as he's now scored eight times in his last four games. The rookie's first touchdown Sunday came on a crucial, 14-yard catch on fourth down to close the first half. Watson then sealed the game by going untouched on a 46-yard jet sweep with under two minutes left. With great size and blazing speed, the North Dakota State product has come into his own over the last month, but as the Packers now embark on their bye, he'll have to wait until Week 15's Monday night matchup versus the Rams to make his next appearance.

Dec 4, 2022 1:09 PM EST


Stays hot with long score

Watson had four receptions (six targets) for 110 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 40-33 loss to the Eagles.

Analysis: Watson remained scorching hot with his second 100-plus yard game over the last three weeks, while also chipping in his sixth total touchdown over that same timeframe. The surging rookie did most of his damage on a 63-yard catch and run from a crisp slant thrown by backup Jordan Love late in Sunday's narrow defeat. Aaron Rodgers' (ribs) status for Week 13 is currently up in the air, but the fact that Watson continued to dominate even with the backup taking over in the second half is a good sign for his Week 13 value, regardless of who is under center against the Bears on Sunday.

Nov 27, 2022 10:44 PM EST



Another two touchdowns Thursday

Watson brought in four of six targets for 48 yards and two touchdowns and added a three-yard rush in the Packers' 27-17 loss to the Titans on Thursday night.

Analysis: Watson was third on the team in receptions, receiving yards and targets on the night for the Packers, but he was once again on the receiving end of all of Aaron Rodgers' touchdown tosses. The rookie recorded scoring grabs of 14 and eight yards in the first and third quarters, respectively, giving him five end-zone trips in the last four days. Watson's next opportunity to extend that torrid stretch comes in a tough Week 12 road matchup against the Eagles a week from Sunday night.

Nov 17, 2022 9:02 PM EST


Puts in full practice

Watson (ankle) was a full participant in Tuesday's practice.

Analysis: As expected, the ankle issue that resulted in Watson being labeled as a limited participant on Monday's estimated practice report doesn't look to be anything that will prevent him from playing in Thursday's game against the Titans. The rookie wideout will be looking to build on his breakthrough performance in the Packers' overtime win over the Cowboys last weekend, when he hauled in four of eight targets for 107 yards and three touchdowns.

Nov 15, 2022 4:16 PM EST


Dealing with ankle injury

Watson is listed as limited on Monday's practice estimate due to an ankle issue.

Analysis: So far this season, Watson has tended to knee, hamstring and head injuries, meaning this is a new health concern. He's on the heels of easily the best performance of his rookie campaign, as he hauled in four of eight targets for 107 yards and the first three touchdowns of his career during Sunday's overtime win versus the Cowboys. With Romeo Doubs currently out due to a high-ankle sprain, Watson will continue to team with Allen Lazard (shoulder, LP on Monday) and Sammy Watkins as the top wide receivers for quarterback Aaron Rodgers (thumb, DNP on Monday) on Thursday against the Titans, assuming the quartet is active.

Nov 14, 2022 5:10 PM EST



Explodes for three TDs

Watson (chest) hauled in four of eight targets for 107 yards and three touchdowns in Sunday's 31-28 overtime win over Dallas.

Analysis: Watson got off to a rough start with two drops early in the contest, but Aaron Rodgers kept faith in his young receiver and the duo was rewarded with a trio of trips to the end zone. The 2022 second-round pick has battled injury and poor play through nine weeks, but Sunday's standout performance should place him back on the map in fantasy circles. With fellow rookie starter Romeo Doubs (ankle) expected to miss multiple weeks, Watson has a real opportunity to establish himself quickly as one of Green Bay's top wideouts. Make sure the 23-year-old is rostered ahead of Thursday's matchup against the Titans.

Nov 13, 2022 6:50 PM EST


Good to go

Coach Matt LaFleur said Wednesday that Watson (chest) will not need to be held out of practice for any precautionary reasons this week, Ryan Wood of the Green Bay Press-Gazette reports.

Analysis: Watson did not suffer a concussion during Sunday's loss to the Lions, and LaFleur didn't indicate any concern about the rookie wideout's status for Week 10. A hit to the chest did knock Watson out of Sunday's loss, but it sounds like he has a fair chance of avoiding the injury report entirely when Green Bay practices Wednesday. With Romeo Doubs (ankle) in danger of missing multiple weeks due to a sprain, Watson's availability on offense will be key for the Packers as the team prepares for a Week 10 matchup against the Cowboys.

Nov 9, 2022 10:04 AM EST


Did not suffer concussion Sunday

Coach Matt LaFleur said Monday that Watson (chest) did not suffer a concussion during Sunday's loss to the Lions, Ryan Wood of the Green Bay Press-Gazette reports.

Analysis: LaFleur added that Watson "took a nice shot in the chest and lost his breath for a minute," but he cleared concussion protocols. The rookie wideout was shut down for the remainder of the contest for precautionary reasons due to the concussion he suffered last week, but it doesn't sound like there'll be any lingering affects of the hard hit leading up to the Packers' Week 10 matchup against Dallas. However, Watson's participation during practice will likely provide further clarity on the situation.

Nov 7, 2022 1:17 PM EST


Getting concussion check

Watson is under evaluation for a concussion during Sunday's contest at Detroit.

Analysis: The Packers lost Romeo Doubs (ankle) on their first play from scrimmage, and losing Watson to a head injury for the second week in a row would put the team down two of its three rookie wide receivers. If Watson reenters the concussion protocol, Allen Lazard, Sammy Watkins, Amari Rodgers and Samori Toure will be the WRs available to quarterback Aaron Rodgers for the rest of Week 9.

Nov 6, 2022 11:56 AM EST


Clears protocol, playing Sunday

Watson (concussion) is active for Sunday's game against the Lions, Mike Spofford of the Packers' official site reports.

Analysis: After exiting the Packers' Week 8 loss to the Bills upon entering the concussion protocol, Watson sat out practice Wednesday before advancing to limited participation Thursday and Friday. Watson's active status implies that he cleared the NFL's five-step concussion protocol and some point after Friday's practice, so he's not expected to face any limitations Sunday. However, the rookie second-round pick has handled a depth role for much of the season and may not be a candidate to see many of Aaron Rodgers' targets behind fellow receivers Allen Lazard, Romeo Doubs and Sammy Watkins.

Nov 6, 2022 8:47 AM EST


Questionable due to concussion

Watson (concussion) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game in Detroit, Matt Schneidman of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Watson returned from a hamstring injury last week but then suffered a concussion in the first quarter of an eventual loss to the Commanders. He could be a big part of the offense soon enough, especially if he's active for Sunday's 1:00 p.m. ET kickoff while fellow wideout Allen Lazard (questionable - shoulder) doesn't play. The reverse is also possible, of course, and the Packers could wait until Saturday or Sunday to make their decisions.

Nov 4, 2022 1:13 PM EST


Officially limited Thursday

Watson (concussion) was limited at Thursday's practice, Matt Schneidman of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Taking part in individual drills at the media-access portion of the session, Watson ran routes and was on the receiving end of passes from quarterback Aaron Rodgers, according to Rob Demovsky of ESPN.com. This follows no activity at all Wednesday, so Watson clearly is making progress from the concussion that he sustained this past Sunday at Buffalo. Even if he gets back to full Friday, though, the nature of the protocol for head injuries likely will mean the rookie second-round pick heads into the weekend with a designation for Sunday's game at Detroit.

Nov 3, 2022 1:30 PM EST


Back at practice Thursday

Watson (concussion) returned to practice Thursday, Rob Demovsky of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: Considering Watson is four days removed from sustaining a concussion and didn't practice Wednesday, he seems destined to go down as a limited participant Thursday. Still, his ability to go through individual drills in pads generally is a positive sign as he makes his way through the protocol for head injuries. The Packers will reveal Watson's activity level later Thursday.

Nov 3, 2022 10:52 AM EST


Misses practice

Watson (concussion) didn't practice Wednesday, Matt Schneidman of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: The rookie returned from a hamstring injury for Sunday's loss to Buffalo, only to enter concussion protocol in the first quarter and miss the rest of the game. Watson could have a sizable role once he gets healthy, especially if Allen Lazard (shoulder) misses more time, though Lazard did return to practice Wednesday as a limited participant. Romeo Doubs and Sammy Watkins are the Packers' top healthy WRs ahead of Sunday's matchup with Detroit.

Nov 2, 2022 2:01 PM EST


Concussed in Buffalo

Watson (concussion) has been ruled out for the remainder of Sunday's game against the Bills.

Analysis: After returning from a two-game absence due to a hamstring injury, Watson promptly picked up a new injury and exited in the first quarter. He went to the locker room for testing prior to being ruled out and will have to clear the NFL's concussion protocol to play in Week 9 against the Lions. Watson caught his only target for 12 yards prior to leaving the game.

Oct 30, 2022 5:50 PM EST


Back from two-game absence

Watson (hamstring) is active for Sunday's game in Buffalo, Mike Spofford of the Packers' official site reports.

Analysis: After putting together three consecutive limited practices during Week 8 prep, Watson will end his absence at two games due to a right hamstring issue. With Allen Lazard (shoulder) sidelined Sunday, the Packers will be rolling with Romeo Doubs, Sammy Watkins, Watson, Samori Toure and Amari Rodgers at wide receiver. In four appearances so far in his rookie season, Watson has gathered in seven of 11 targets for 52 yards and taken three carries for 19 yards and one touchdown.

Oct 30, 2022 3:54 PM EST


Questionable for Sunday night

Watson (hamstring) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game in Buffalo.

Analysis: The rookie was a limited practice participant Wednesday through Friday, with coach Matt LaFleur saying at the end of the week that he's "cautiously optimistic" about Watson playing, Matt Schneidman of The Athletic reports. If he does suit up ahead of the 8:20 ET kickoff Sunday night, Watson presumably would slot in somewhere behind Romeo Doubs and Sammy Watkins on the depth chart, unlikely to handle a three-down role even with Allen Lazard (shoulder) ruled out.

Oct 28, 2022 1:24 PM EST


Another limited practice

Watson (hamstring) practiced in a limited fashion Thursday, Matt Schneidman of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Fellow wide receiver Sammy Watkins (hamstring) also had a cap on his reps for a second consecutive session, while Allen Lazard relayed to Ryan Wood of the Green Bay Press-Gazette on Thursday that he's unlikely to be active Sunday at Buffalo. If Watson and/or Watkins are able to suit up this weekend, they'll join rookie fourth-rounder Romeo Doubs as the primary options at the position for quarterback Aaron Rodgers (right thumb).

Oct 27, 2022 1:34 PM EST


Practicing on limited basis

Watson (hamstring) will be a limited practice participant Wednesday, Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.

Analysis: It'll be the rookie's first official practice participation since he reinjured his hamstring in a Week 5 loss to the Giants. The Packers may need Watson's help soon enough, with Randall Cobb (ankle) on injured reserve and Allen Lazard now hampered by a shoulder injury.

Oct 26, 2022 11:08 AM EST


Out this week

Watson (hamstring) has been ruled out for Sunday's game at Washington, Rob Demovsky of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: With Watson out another week and Randall Cobb (ankle) expected to miss multiple games, the Packers are considering bringing Sammy Watkins (hamstring) back from injured reserve. If they don't, it'll be either Amari Rodgers or Samori Toure working as the No. 3 receiver against Washington. Given that he didn't practice this week, Watson appears in danger of missing additional time when the Packers face the Bills in Week 8.

Oct 21, 2022 12:05 PM EST


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