Christian Watson on Jordan Love: ‘We have full confidence in him’
Green Bay Packers wide receiver Christian Watson believes his team has “full confidence” in’ first-year starting quarterback Jordan Love after the 2020 first-round pick sat behind future Hall of Famer Aaron Rodgers for three seasons.
“People need to understand that [Love] was learning and practicing and in the meeting rooms with a Hall of Fame quarterback each and every day,” Watson told Trevor Sikkema of PFF. “He’s his own quarterback, but I’m sure he’s taken so many things from Aaron [Rodgers]. We’ve seen a lot of flashes of what he can do. It’s only going to be put more on display. Everything we’ve seen so far is only going to be multiplied. We’re ready to go out there and ball. We have full confidence in him.”
Love’s one and only touchdown pass during the 2022 season came on a 63-yard connection with Watson in primetime against the Philadelphia Eagles after Rodgers left the contest with an injury.
Now, with Rodgers traded to New York, Green Bay’s new quarterback and receiver pair will get a chance to lead the way in the Packers passing game in 2023.
Watson, a second-round pick in 2022, emerged as a pass-catching star over the second half of his rookie season, producing 31 catches for 523 yards and seven scores over the final eight regular-season games. Love will need him to pick up where he left off to open Year 2, especially considering the youth and inexperience of the wide receiver and tight end rooms in Green Bay.
Watson is the top target. Love is the new starter. Together, the tandem will determine if the Packers have a passing attack capable of being competitive this season.