NFL training camps are the source of excitement, hope and optimism across the country. They represent the fact that football is on the horizon. Each team has several writers and reporters at camp each day who tweet and record everything that happens. As football-starved fans, we eat it up. We’re trying to figure out which players are breaking out, which teams are looking exciting and trying to get a foothold for betting and fantasy purposes. It’s undeniably fun, but because of that, it can also be dangerous.
For every young player who breaks out in training camp and has a good season, there’s another player who dazzles in camp but is absolutely not a factor when the games start to matter. I remember Darwin Thompson’s training camp hype in 2019. Fantasy football analysts and Chiefs reporters thought he could land the starting Kansas City backfield job. Instead, he rushed for 128 total yards for the season, surpassing just 20 yards in two games.
When analyzing camp standouts, one needs to be measured. You don’t want to get burned for being overzealous, but you also don’t want to be late to the party for anything. With training camps only about two weeks old now, there is one name that seems to be on everyone’s lips across the league at the moment. Romeo Doubs has received great reviews from Green Bay and the betting market seems to think there might be something to it.
Doubs was a Day 3 pick
When we entered the NFL draft, we knew the Green Bay Packers needed to draft a wide receiver after selling Davante Adams to the Las Vegas Raiders. They surprised most people when they didn’t use either of their two first-round picks to choose a replacement for Adams. They drafted Christian Watson in the second round. However, Watson isn’t the rookie receiver who’s grabbing all the attention in the Packers camp.
That honor goes to Romeo Doubs, the fourth-round draft pick for the Nevada Packers. In 2021, Doubs caught 80 passes for 1,109 yards and 11 touchdowns for the Wolf Pack. However, he was drafted in the fourth round. Nevada isn’t a big school, there have been questions about his track running ability and that he didn’t face too much competition in college.
Doubs was a 100-to-1 long shot to win the pre-training camp NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year. He predicted to be further down the depth chart, serving as a backup with some special team responsibilities. Watson was the rookie many expected to make an immediate impression as he was one of the favorites to win attacking rookie of the year at +850.
Doubs has impressed in camp
Aaron Rodgers doesn’t easily compliment beginners. That’s why people listen when he speaks. Rodgers has often been accused of not trusting young receivers, but it seems like he’s impressed with what he saw of Romeo Doubs early in Packers camp.
Doubs has been given a significant opportunity in camp so far. Christian Watson has been off the field dealing with some injury issues. Believe it or not, Sammy Watkins also had trouble staying on the field. Doubs made good use of his opportunities and recorded some nice plays.
The wide receiver position has always been considered one of the weakest parts of the Packers roster. Sammy Watkins, Allen Lazard and Randall Cobb are an extremely weak group of options for a team that is among the top five favorites to win the Super Bowl next season. If Doubs is right, he can quickly climb up the depth map and get onto the field. There are no superstars holding him back. When and if he comes onto the field, the ceiling is obviously high because he’ll be catching passes from the reigning back-to-back MVP.
As a result of the training camp hype, Doubs is now down 18-1 to the Offensive Rookie of the Year title. Those are the 12th-best odds overall and beat first-round wide receivers Jahan Dotson (20-to-1) and Jameson Williams (25-to-1).
On the one hand, if Doubs continues to dominate the camp, those chances will diminish even further by the end of the season. We’re already seeing him making massive strides in the fantasy community, and now that move is being recognized in the betting market. So if you believe in Doubs, this could be your last chance to get him with some juicy odds left.
There is obviously the other side. Wide receivers being hyped in Green Bay is nothing new. We’ve been trying for a long time to figure out who would be option #2 on this offensive. A new name every year. We overrated players like Jeff Janis, Jared Abbrederis, Jake Kumerow, Geronimo Allison, J’Mon Moore, Reggie Begelton and Equanimeous St. Brown.
Will Doubs finally buck this trend? Or will he just be added to the list above next year as we fantasize about another new passing weapon for Aaron Rodgers and the Packers?