GREEN BAY — Normally, it’s a team's first round selection or selections in the Packers case that has their fans buzzing.
However, with the loss of Davante Adams all eyes are on second round wide receiver Christian Watson and with rookie camp underway, he’s just ready to get to work and prove himself.
“This is what I've dreamed of doing all my life,” Watson said. (I’m) finally getting able to come out here and do it and get away from all the pre draft stuff and get in the books and start working. I'm really excited.”
Watson has already heard from star quarterback Aaron Rodgers, who congratulated him, but Rodgers said once he steps in the building it’s time to get to work.
“You’re open every single play regardless of who is on you – Aaron's able to put it anywhere,” said the former NDSU star. “Regardless of what you’re doing, you’re going to be open. You just gotta make a play when he puts his trust in you.”
Watson won four FCS National Titles with North Dakota State and he’s excited to come to an organization that has a winning culture with Super Bowl expectations.
“It’s all about NDSU in Fargo and it’s all about the Packers in Green Bay,” Watson said of the two football towns. “I’m excited to be around this culture and stay within a winning culture and hopefully contribute to those wins.”
The new Packers receiver knows there are high expectations for him to come in and contribute to the offense right away. He’s confident he can do so, but right now he’s taking everything one day at a time.
“I heard it today from coach that nothing’s given, everything is earned,” Watson said. “Regardless if I was drafted number one overall or (in the) seventh round, I'm going to have to earn the spot that I want day in and day out.”
One way he can get on the field in head coach Matt LaFleur's offense is having the ability to block in the run game.
“I think it’s an area that I can definitely grow in, but I think the willingness in myself is definitely there to go out there and put my body on the line and make those blocks. I'm definitely excited,” said Watson.