Packers Rookie Christian Watson Could Miss Time, But Aaron Rodgers Isn't Worried

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Some raised their eyebrows when the Green Bay Packers put Christian Watson on the PUP list. The second-round pick is one of the NFL's most intriguing prospects, and there was no previous report of an injury.

Fortunately, ESPN's Rob Demovsky has finally shed some light on Watson's status, revealing that he underwent a minor knee procedure.

Watson Will Miss Training Camp

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According to most reports, the second-round pick could've played through the injury. However, the team rathered play it safe with their prized rookie:

"I think there was kind of a thought process [of] do you want to try to push through the season and finish this after the (2022) season, or should we just go ahead and do it now?" Gutekunst told ESPN. "And we just did it now. So he'll miss a little bit of time in camp, but it's nothing long-term."

The Team Counts On Him

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As much as they want to watch him perform right away, Watson is a part of the team's plans for the future, so they can't take any chances:

"When we invest what we invested in Christian, we're obviously looking out for the long-term," the GM added. "We always do. He's a young player who's got a big career ahead of him, so we want to make sure we protect that. It'll be how he responds through the rehab. As soon as he's ready, we'll get him out there."

Watson Has Turned A Lot Of Heads

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Watson will miss a part of the training camp. That's not ideal for a first-year player getting a hold of a new offense. However, HC Matt LaFleur claims he's picked up things very quickly:

"That's going to be a challenge," LaFleur said. "There's nothing like reps, especially full-speed reps. I think Christian has been pretty impressive in terms of how fast he was able to pick everything up. [But] there's nothing like those reps, preseason reps, and practice reps. It will be a process."

Rodgers Likes His New Offense

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The Packers' offense will be quite different and are slightly banged up to start the year. Even so, Aaron Rodgers loves what he's seeing thus far:

"I felt coming into camp, to be honest, we were going to get our butts kicked most days because our defense is talented and deep and athletic," Rodgers said. It's one of the best defenses on paper that we've had, but I told those chumps, '1-0 offense.'"

Hopefully, Watson will be back on the gridiron sooner rather than later and show why the scouts were so high on him.