It took three games, but finally Packers rookie receiver Romeo Doubs had that first “breakout” game that the team expected would happen sooner than later. In the Pack’s 14-12 win over Tampa Bay, Doubs had eight catches for 73 yards and a TD reception. In the process, Doubs etched his name in the Packers’ record book.
Doubs became the third Green Bay rookie receiver (and the first in nearly 70 years!) to have eight receptions, 70+ receiving yards and a TD reception in a game. The only other Packers’ rookie receivers to achieve those numbers were Billy Howton on December 14, 1952 (8 catches, 162 yards and two TD) and Max McGee on December 12, 1954 (9 catches, 105 yards and one TD reception). McGee’s nine receptions on December 12, 1954, is the team record for most receptions by a rookie in a game.
In addition to McGee’s rookie record nine catches, Doubs also became the seventh Packers rookie receiver to have eight catches in a game. The seven Packers rookies with eight or more receptions in a game: Howton (1952), McGee (1954), Boyd Dowler (1959), Gerry Ellis (1980), Keith Woodside (1988), Sterling Sharpe (1988) and Doubs (2022).
Doubs is the third rookie receiver from the 2022 draft class to have an eight-catch, 70 -receiving yards, 1 TD reception game this season. A pair of first rounders reached those numbers in Week #2: Drake London (drafted in the first round, eighth pick by Atlanta) had 8 catches, 86 yards and one TD; and Garrett Wilson (drafted in the first round, 10th pick of the New York Jets) had 8 catches, 102 yards and 2 TDs. For the record, Doubs was a fourth-round selection of the Packers, the 132nd overall pick.
Since 1970 (the NFL-AFL merger) there have been 122 times that a rookie receiver had eight or more catches, 70+ receiving yards and at least one TD reception in a game. It was done by 96 different rookies. Seventeen different rookies reached these numbers in more than one game their first year in the league. That list of 17 is topped by Amon-Ra St. Brown of the Detroit Lions who in 2021 had five games with those numbers, and Odell Beckham, Jr., who in 2014 with the New York Giants, also had five games with eight catches, 70+ receiving yards and one TD reception in his rookie campaign.
Anquan Boldin (Arizona) had four such games in 2003, and Jaylen Waddle (Miami) had three such games for Miami last season.
- Of the 148 rookies who had eight receptions, 70+ receiving yards and at least one receiving TD since 1940, Doubs is one of 20 who accomplished this feat within the first three weeks of their rookie season.
With 14 games remaining this season, the Packers are hopeful there are a few more games this season where Doubs can add another eight-catch, 70-yards receiving, one TD game to his stat line.