How And Why Romeo Doubs Might Be the Packers Answer At Wide Receiver

Cheesehead TV talked to Matt Mumme, Doubs' offensive coordinator at Nevada University

If you follow Green Bay Packers practices on Twitter, you probably have read Romeo Doubs' name hundreds of times. In the midst of heavy criticism over Packers lack of investment in wide receivers, a fourth-round rookie is turning into a potential immediate answer for head coach Matt LaFleur's offense. That's not a surprise for Matt Mumme, Doubs' offensive coordinator at Nevada University and current Colorado State associate head coach and quarterbacks coach. Doubs' ability to align in multiple spots was a highlight for Nevada's scheme, but nothing was more important for the young man's development than his willingness to watch film.

"His work ethic for a wide receiver is better than anyone I've been around at that position. Always wanting to work and get better," Mumme said in an exclusive interview to Cheesehead TV. "Romeo was a good student in the classroom. But more importantly, he loved to study and understand football in the film room. Again, just goes into his work ethic."

It's early in training camp, but it gets clear how well Romeo translates what he watches on tape to the field. He analyzed, for example, cornerbacks' body trends and used it to beat second-year corner Eric Stokes during a play during the first week of camp.

"Pre-snap, I had a feeling the ball was coming to me, just based on spacing. Stokes' back was turned, and I've noticed watching film that the majority of the QBs' throws, receivers get chances based on the DBs (view). His back was turned. From that point, he doesn't know where the ball's going to, if it's going to go over him, under him. He just knows to play a certain way after the catch, whether it's batted down or not. His back was turned, Aaron (Rodgers) gave me a chance, and I was able to make something happen."
 

LaFleur knows it's early to get too excited, and said this week that the perspective to keep improving might decide how impactful Doubs is really going to be.

"Anybody can do something one day," LaFleur said. "It’s how consistently can you do it, and can you make those incremental improvements? And that’s what we’re really looking for."

The Packers lost Davante Adams and Marquez Valdez-Scantling, so several snaps are open - especially for boundary receivers, considering Allen Lazard and Randall Cobb had most of their targets last season aligning from the slot. For coach Matt Mumme, who worked with Romeo Doubs throughout the receiver's entire college career, the Packers will have the flexibility to do something LaFleur highly values: move him throughout the formation.

"As he grew in our Air Raid system, he became easier to move around. It created a nightmare for defenses, because they couldn't just try to take him out or double on the outside. He created mismatches," Mumme said.

Asked to specify one area of Doubs' game that made him be considered one of the most polished prospects in the 2022 draft class, his former coordinator again mixed physical and mental aspects.
"His ability to track the deep ball and run down deep shots. He understands space and how to exploit it."

Earlier this year, Aaron Rodgers said he prefers production over potential. Romeo Doubs had 20 touchdowns in his last 20 college games. Now, Doubs is showing he's capable of translating everything to the NFL and be exactly what the Packers need in the passing attack.

Photo: Mark Hoffman-USA Today Sports

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Wendell Ferreira covers the Green Bay Packers for Zone Coverage and Cheesehead TV. He is a Brazilian journalist with over a decade of experience covering the NFL, soccer, NBA, and MMA. Follow him on twitter at @wendellfp  

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dblbogey's picture

July 30, 2022 at 01:31 pm

We'll find out more in the next month. I'm excited about him, but then I was excited about Ha-Ha Clinton-Dix at one time.

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dobber's picture

July 30, 2022 at 02:31 pm

"...but then I was excited about Ha-Ha Clinton-Dix at one time."

...everyone has a cross to bear, friend.

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LLCHESTY's picture

July 30, 2022 at 04:15 pm

I don't think he was the only one when it came to Ha Ha. I think he was the only 1st round pick fans pretty much overwhelmingly wanted.

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dobber's picture

July 30, 2022 at 04:18 pm

After the quagmire the Packers had at S post Nick Collins, he looked pretty damn good.

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Coldworld's picture

July 30, 2022 at 05:13 pm

You mean you were not a fan of the Doctor?

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dobber's picture

July 30, 2022 at 06:18 pm

Tom Baker? Yes.

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Spock's picture

July 31, 2022 at 08:31 am

Who? :)

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Johnblood27's picture

July 30, 2022 at 05:08 pm

Im sure that HaHa's Mama was gaga over her baba...

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PatrickGB's picture

July 30, 2022 at 01:36 pm

Coming from a pass happy offense he is comfortable with a lot of balls being thrown his way. In some ways he has a lot more experience than his fellow rookies. He is also a good student of the game which bodes well for a connection with Rodgers. Of course it’s too soon to predict his future but he is off to a great start.

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dobber's picture

July 30, 2022 at 02:38 pm

I liked the fact that Doubs was a high volume college WR--never fewer than 43 catches in a season, two 1000-yard seasons (including 1000 in a Covid-shortened 2020). I liked his film. Clearly a competitive guy. He might not have Watson's ceiling, but he has a high floor.

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canadapacker's picture

July 30, 2022 at 02:03 pm

As Allen Iverson used to say - this is practice - PRACTICE =Do not read too much into this and if there is anything to learn from Lafleur tendencies in the season - he seldom uses or even allows rookies to get onto the field that much. Now he may be forced to with the Adams/MVS departures - but there are enough vets at receiver to get the initial targets. I just hope that the whole game plan has changed back to more of a run the ball and passing off of motion that occured 2 years ago. That is where these young fast guys and even Jones can hurt the stack the box defenses and help out the OLine while Bak recovers and the new guys get more experience.

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dobber's picture

July 30, 2022 at 02:35 pm

"if there is anything to learn from Lafleur tendencies in the season - he seldom uses or even allows rookies to get onto the field that much."

I disagree: LaF has had no aversion to using offensive rookies. ESB and MVS played plenty of snaps as rookies. OL, in particular, is a place where LaF has played rooks--Jenkins, Runyan, Myers, Newman...

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LLCHESTY's picture

July 30, 2022 at 04:17 pm

MVS and ESB we're MM's last year weren't they?

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dobber's picture

July 30, 2022 at 04:24 pm

I stand corrected. Drafted by Gute, but played under MM.

<<Tips hat>>

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Bure9620's picture

July 30, 2022 at 04:34 pm

His lack of using rookies is likely due to them usually not being ready. If Doubs is more polished and ready to play. He will play.

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canadapacker's picture

July 30, 2022 at 10:18 pm

I agree

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canadapacker's picture

July 30, 2022 at 07:52 pm

I agree but this is the Earliest part of preseason and that is my point. Unless absolutely forced what I said before about Lafleur and his tendency with the rookies is true especially on the skilled offensive side. Even Stokes took awhile to win the confidence

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Swisch's picture

July 30, 2022 at 03:10 pm

I hereby dub Romeo Dubs the Early Sensation of Training Camp, with the hope that he will continue to proceed with intelligent courage and noble dedication throughout August and into the season and throughout a long and distinguished career with the Packers.

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Swisch's picture

July 30, 2022 at 04:42 pm

I'll take this opportunity to compliment Aaron Rodgers for his encouragement of Romeo Dubs.

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Charvid's picture

July 30, 2022 at 04:01 pm

Let’s go ahead and assume Lazard and Cobb and Watkins get most of the early season targets. What is cool about a guy with Romeo’s study habits and intelligence is that the rookie learning curve could be much shorter. By game 12, and certainly by the playoffs , Doubs will no longer be a rookie. Thanks s is true for most first year players, but he could be a real contributor by late season.

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Charvid's picture

July 30, 2022 at 04:03 pm

Let’s go ahead and assume Lazard and Cobb and Watkins get most of the early season targets. What is cool about a guy with Romeo’s study habits and intelligence is that the rookie learning curve could be much shorter. By game 12, and certainly by the playoffs , Doubs will no longer be a rookie. That is true for most first year players, but he could be a real contributor by late season.

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LLCHESTY's picture

July 30, 2022 at 10:08 pm

I'm not so sure Doubs' doesn't start in front of Cobb and they leave Cobb for 3rd down and the red zone. There just isn't a lot of speed on the field with the trio of Watkins, Lazard and Cobb and we saw in the playoffs what a defense can do when they're not worried about getting beat deep. Maybe Watkins is still fast but with the injuries he's had and the fact he bulked up to 225 lbs this offseason I have some doubts.

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Ferrari-Driver's picture

July 30, 2022 at 04:07 pm

Concerns about Doubs ceiling may be unfounded. For example, Hall of Fame receiver Jerry rice and Doubs have a lot in common:
Rice: Doubs:
height: 6'2" height: 6'2"
weight: 202 weight: 204
40 time: 4.7+or- (debateable) 40 time: 4.5

Rice of course is talked about by many as being perhaps as good as any receiver who played the game. He was precise in his routes and everything done on the field. From what we have heard about Doubs so far is he prepares extremely well and studies extensively his opponents to identify tendencies that can give him an advantage. I have high hopes for this young man.

Edit: I can't get this to post as I wrote it and the info on Rice and Doubs is bunched. I tried twice to make it easier to read, but struck out both times.

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Coldworld's picture

July 30, 2022 at 05:25 pm

I have never thought Rice’s commonly quoted time was a reasonable reflection of his actual speed. In fact so did he and there are numerous sources that say that while he did run a 4.7 , he also ran 4.4 40s. His head coach in the USFL stated at the time that they views him as having run a 4.45.

Having watched Doubs film, I think that he will disprove the 4.5 timing too. That was run as he finished coming off an injury and there were rumors he was not close to fitness he wanted to end. He was unofficially timed in the low 4.3s during the bowl game practices.

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Handsback's picture

July 30, 2022 at 05:04 pm

All of this is cool for now, but just remember two things...pads have not come on, and Doubs college career is in the run and shoot. Mumme re-invented that offense and aspects of it are in every NFL playbook. Let's see how he's doing after first pre-season game.
It's a great start and hope he can continue the effort. Also there were many who posted on these boards that he would be better than Watson, at least for the first few years. I hope he becomes as productive as Jennings or Cobb were in their first year.

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Handsback's picture

July 30, 2022 at 05:06 pm

Let me add this, A.Rodgers still isn't looking as good as Doubs and that is a real concern.

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Johnblood27's picture

July 30, 2022 at 05:12 pm

not an issue...

If Rodgers bombs it opens up a spot on the roster for a WR who is just plain better than him.

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stockholder's picture

July 30, 2022 at 07:22 pm

Jordy Nelson was #87 too.

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Jaqu’eau's picture

July 30, 2022 at 08:02 pm

Doing your homework is a great habit, but the key statement by his former coach that should get us all excited about is his field vision. He shares this highly undervalued skill with recent packer greats like Nelson, Adams, and Cobb. Aaron Rodgers sees the field this way, which is why he connected so well with these players. This is no flash in the pan talent. You watch his college film and you see his catch concentration is off the charts. Pre-draft, I thought Doubs had the same potential as Jordy. I have a feeling we are going to enjoy this season!

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Leatherhead's picture

July 30, 2022 at 09:35 pm

Disclaimer: I really hope he is a great WR for us.

I’ve done some cursory digging into rookie WRs. There’s about 20 rookies who have had 50 receptions or more since the merger, and only two of them are Day 3 rookies. Long odds. Of course , those two are Marquise Colston and Tyreek Hill. And probably not coincidentally, both were catching from really good QBs.

I’ll be happier than a pig in mud if Doubs has that impact….three catches per game. Four or five a game would make him one of the most successful rookie WRs in NFL history. If it happens, it’ll be because the guys in front of him got hurt or performed poorly, and I’m not wishing for either of those things to happen.

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LLCHESTY's picture

July 30, 2022 at 10:00 pm

So you went back to the merger and missed St Brown having 90 catches last year for the Lions?

It's a different era now. Most WRs aren't coming from run first offenses and almost every program is playing 3 wides. Guys are getting more experience earlier in college.

Maybe he doesn't get 50 catches but I bet he's the 3rd starter by seasons end if not sooner of he stays if he stays healthy. I don't think a season like James Jones had is out of the question.

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Leatherhead's picture

July 30, 2022 at 11:42 pm

You are correct. For some reason, he didn’t appear in my search.

He’ll be the third WR if the guys who are ahead of him get hurt or underperform.

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LLCHESTY's picture

July 31, 2022 at 12:54 am

Who do you think is ahead of him? I'd say Watkins and Lazard and with everybody else it's very iffy. Cobb is old and slow and Watson is missing valuable time and ran a limited tree in college. I don't know about you but I didn't like watching the playoff game when they didn't have MVS' speed on the field. Also Rodgers seems to be developing a comfort level with him already which is always a good sign.

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Thegreatreynoldo's picture

July 31, 2022 at 01:05 am

I went back to 2000. It was a little sobering, especially because there were a number of hugely successful WRs over their career who only had none, 2, 4, 16, etc., receptions. However, I did find some rookies with 50 receptions and a few between 45 and 49.

Here is the thing: finding rookies who had 50 receptions dried up around 2009. Prior to 2009 (that is, 2000 to 2008), there weren't any. The NFL has changed. It may be that college ball has also changed such that guys are more ready.

Mike Williams
Darnell Mooney
Stephon Diggs
Jamison Crowder (105th pick - just in the 4th)
Austin Collie

Hunter Renfrow: 49
Mike Thomas: 48
Darius Slayton: 48
Johhny Knox: 45

A decent number of guys with 30 to 39 receptions for 400 to 650 yards.

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LLCHESTY's picture

July 31, 2022 at 11:49 am

Mooney surprises me, I didn't realize he had that many catches as a rookie. So there have been three day 3 rookies catch at least 50 passes in the last 7 years. Guess it's the Packers turn!

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Leatherhead's picture

July 31, 2022 at 08:59 pm

Times have changed, but quite a few things have to go right for a rookie WR to have an impact.....a QB, a line who can protect the QB, other weapons to draw attention......

Also, some of these guys go to crappy teams. I mean, St. Brown caught like 80 balls or so as a rookie for a 2-15 team. A Day Three rookie catching 50 passes for a team that wins it's division? That has to be extremely rare.

Next year, our Big 3 could be Watson, Doubs, and Amari, because they're all under contract for the next couple of years. We don't need to spend money on aging vets if we don't want to. But for this year, Doubs isn't going to get much of any opportunity unless the guys ahead of him are unavailable (like Watson, right now).

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LLCHESTY's picture

July 31, 2022 at 11:00 pm

"But for this year, Doubs isn't going to get much of any opportunity unless the guys ahead of him are unavailable (like Watson, right now)."

You keep saying this like it's true but it's not.
Who exactly do you think is ahead of him? It's Watkins and Lazard and meh.

Doubs is a more refined, more advanced WR than Watson is right now and Rodgers already feels comfortable with him. Watson will have his uses but he will most likely be a bit limited this year. TGR gave you a bunch of recent example of day 3 WRs that have done well as rookies and then you say "oh well, they were on crappy teams." Maybe they were productive because they got the OPPORTUNITY and took advantage of it, like Doubs' is doing now.

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Thegreatreynoldo's picture

August 01, 2022 at 02:58 am

I agree. The point about going to crappy teams rather than good teams is a good one, but it works both ways. For example, although not a day three pick, I think 2011 Cobb would have a chance at 50+ receptions as a rookie if Nelson, Jennings and Jones (38/635 yds) hadn't been ahead of him (and Driver - 37/445 yds - as a lateral talent at that stage). All four of them played in 16 games that year, so injury did not provide a path for Cobb, who finished with 25 recs on 31 targets for 375 yards in 15 games.

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Bure9620's picture

July 31, 2022 at 08:42 am

Spread teams have 4 wide as their base offense now

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LLCHESTY's picture

July 31, 2022 at 11:03 pm

Yes, I should have said 3 or more WRs.

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