WR Sammy Watkins - Los Angeles Rams
|6-1, 211||Born: 6-14-1993||College: Clemson||Drafted: Round 1, pick 4|
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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Dec 11): Watkins scored against the Eagles to post an adequate week. He has good matchups against the Seahawks and Titans left and should stay in our lineups despite a lower ceiling this year.
Week 15: at Seattle Seahawks
FBG says: Neutral matchup. Jared Goff passed for two touchdowns for the third straight game last week, but his yardage total and accuracy both slipped as he barely completed 60% of his passes for only 199 yards. Goff started well, but his production noticeably fell off with the loss of left tackle Andrew Whitworth to look after his blind side. Goff should expect his former favorite target Robert Woods to return this week after Woods has missed the last three games with a shoulder injury. Both Sammy Watkins and Cooper Kupp played 100% of the snaps last week with Robert Woods sidelined for the third straight week. Watkins must be loving not having Woods around as he has scored a touchdown in three straight games despite a relatively low workload with only three or four receptions in each of those outings and only 21 yards in last week's game. Cooper Kupp has not seen a touchdown boost, but he has seen his production increase as he amassed two 100+ yard outings in those last three games, averaging just over 100 yards and six receptions per game compared to his 48-yard and four receptions per game average with Woods in the lineup. Todd Gurley also continued his steady level of production through the air last week as Gurley ranks behind only Alvin Kamara in receiving yards among running backs this season. The Seahawks passing defense struggled for the second straight week as they let the Blake Bortles rack up 268 passing yards and two touchdowns with no turnovers against them in the losing effort. The Seahawks struggled to apply pressure with zero sacks last week while their secondary looked lackadaisical in man-to-man coverage for most of the game. They will have to deal with a much better offense this week as the Rams have one of the best running backs in the league behind a top tier offensive line and their top receiver coming back from injury. While this defense is not instantly a great matchup for opposing offenses, the Rams should have a much better chance at putting up numbers at this point in the season than they did in Week 6 due to how many injuries the Seahawks have been dealing with on that side of the ball.
Recent Stats and Projections
Recent Game Summaries
2017 Week 14 vs PHI (7 / 3 / 21 / 1 rec)
Watkins was largely underutilized in this game as outside of a one-yard touchdown that was setup by a rub route from Cooper Kupp, Watkins did not have a lot of success going up against a good Eagles secondary. Watkins was on the field for every offensive snap as he has been over the last two weeks, it was just the Eagles often double-teamed the receiver forcing Cooper Kupp to beat them.
2017 Week 13 vs ARI (4 / 3 / 38 / 1 rec)
Sammy Watkins made the most of his otherwise difficult matchup with Patrick Peterson as he was able to find the end zone on an underneath crossing route in which Watkins got matched up against a linebacker and was easily able to utilize his speed to get to the corner for the score. Watkins was on the field for every snap in this game which was the first time this season that he was able to be on the field for 100% of the plays.
2017 Week 12 vs NO (9 / 4 / 82 / 1 rec)
Sammy Watkins took a bigger role with Robert Woods out, as Watkins who had previously seen his volume decrease due to lining up primarily on the left side rotated sides with Josh Reynolds in this game. Goff who primarily looks to the right side of the field targeted Watkins nine times in this game and was running a variety of routes including routes over the middle which is not something that we have seen a lot of this season as Robert Woods would typically run those types of in-routes. Watkins was able to score on a quick slant starting the route on the right side of the field.
2017 Week 11 vs MIN (4 / 3 / 36 / 0 rec)
Sammy Watkins continues to have an underwhelming role in this offense as unless he connects on a deep shot down the field, his value is somewhat limited. Unfortunately for Watkins, they did not throw a deep ball down the field to try to connect with him in this game as the Vikings have some of the best safeties in football. With the injury to Woods, expect Watkins to be asked to take on a bigger role in this offense as they will need someone to fill that void.
2017 Week 10 vs HOU (3 / 2 / 41 / 1 rec)
Sammy Watkins continues to have a limited role in this offense and is someone who has become touchdown dependent. Both of Watkins' two catch came on the same drive in which he caught a 24-yard reception over the middle and then on the next play, Watkins was able to score a 17-yard touchdown on a wide receiver screen in which Andrew Whitworth did a tremendous job as the lead blocker. The play call was a tremendous one as the Rams went play action and threw back to the other side of the field with just Watkins and Whitworth on the left side of the field. Watkins did injure his foot during this game and while he did not miss significant time during the game, it was clear that it was bothering him throughout the game and is something to keep an eye on.
2017 Week 9 vs NYG (2 / 1 / 67 / 1 rec)
Sammy Watkins had a season-low in snaps in this game as he was on the field for just 33 plays. Part of this may have had to do with the game script, but it is concerning that a player who has been frequently on the field for 75% or more of the plays was on the field for just 52% of the plays in this game. Watkins made the most of his one catch, as he ran a post-route for 67 yards as he simply out-ran Landon Collins on the play.
2017 Week 7 vs ARI (5 / 3 / 42 / 0 rec)
Watkins was largely shut down in this game as he drew some tough coverage this week as he was shadowed by Patrick Peterson for most of this game. Two of Watkins' three receptions came in a zone defense including one in which he was able to catch a low pass from Jared Goff for a first-down.
2017 Week 6 vs JAX (4 / 1 / 11 / 0 rec)
Sammy Watkins was unable to get anything going in this game as he was matched up against A.J. Bouye for most of this game. Watkins was on the field for 81% of the plays indicating he will continue to have a big role in this offense, but this was a situation in which the matchup, as well as the game script, took him out of this game in a tough matchup.
2017 Week 5 vs SEA (4 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Sammy Watkins continues to be an enigma in the Rams' offense. After breaking out for 106 yards and two touchdowns against the 49ers, Watkins has one catch for 17 yards in the past two games combined. Today Watkins had four targets and was unable to catch any of them. The biggest opportunity came on the final drive when Goff tried to connect with Watkins on a deep go route down the sideline. Today was a mixture of an inaccurate Goff and lock down coverage by Richard Sherman. Watkins is not going to have any easier of a day against Jacksonville next week.
2017 Week 4 vs DAL (2 / 1 / 17 / 0 rec)
After having a terrific game last week, Watkins was largely a non-factor in this game as he was targeted just twice in this game and only caught one pass very late in the game. Watkins was on the field for 87% of the team's snaps which indicates that he is still a large part of this offense, he was just unable to get open in this game as the Rams primarily utilized Todd Gurley and the slot receivers in this game.
2017 Week 3 vs SF (7 / 6 / 106 / 2 rec)
Sammy Watkins finally delivered in a big way for the Rams after a relatively slow start to the 2017 season. Watkins who caught six of his seven targets had two touchdowns was used in all facets of the route tree as he ran hitches on the outside, slants over the middle and a go route in which Goff hit him on a perfectly thrown ball that Watkins caught over his shoulder in full speed. Both of Watkins touchdowns were over the middle one on a slant and the other on a hitch route in which he pushed his way into the end zone for a touchdown. One Watkins did leave this game with a concussion in the fourth quarter.
2017 Week 2 vs WAS (2 / 2 / 30 / 0 rec)
Sammy Watkins was largely disappointing in this game outside of a 28 yard pass completion on an in route where he was able to stop make the defender miss and cut back outside for an additional 15 yards after the catch. Watkins was targeted just twice in this game and was not shadowed by Josh Norman.
2017 Week 1 vs IND (5 / 5 / 58 / 0 rec)
Sammy Watkins played a role that we are typically not used to seeing him in, as he was used in short to intermediate routes in this game. He was able to catch all five of his targets including a 24 yard reception where Watkins made a nice adjustment to his route 14 yards downfield to find the soft spot in the zone defense and was able to run for an additional 10 yards after the catch.
Latest NewsRams | Sammy Watkins scores in Week 14 (Sun Dec 10, 11:55 PM) - Los Angeles Rams WR Sammy Watkins finished with three receptions for 21 yards and a touchdown in the Week 14 game against the Philadelphia Eagles. link to story Rams | Sammy Watkins finds end zone again (Sun Dec 3, 11:53 PM) - Los Angeles Rams WR Sammy Watkins posted three grabs for 38 yards and a touchdown on four targets in Week 13 against the Arizona Cardinals. link to story
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