WR Sammy Watkins - Kansas City Chiefs
|6-1, 211||Born: 6-14-1993||College: Clemson||Drafted: Round 1, pick 4|
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General News (Thu Jan 25): could be given a franchise tag or transition tag this offseason if he and the Rams can't agree on a long-term deal. General manager Les Snead said the Rams have contacted Watkins' agent to discuss contract negotiations.
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Recent Game Summaries
2017 Week 18 vs ATL (4 / 1 / 23 / 0 rec)
Watkins was largely a non-factor in this game, and his entire game could be summed up by a critical drop that he had on fourth and goal with two minutes left to go in the game that would have scored a touchdown to keep the Rams in the game, but Watkins was unable to hold on. He was very sparingly used as while he was on the field he was primarily used as a decoy running deep routes for most of the game. They did look for him on the quick slant play we have seen so many times this year from inside the ten, but if we have noticed it throughout the year, Atlanta was all over it and sniffed it out from the start.
2017 Week 16 vs TEN (7 / 3 / 30 / 1 rec)
The Rams tried to get Sammy Watkins involved with some deep throws in this game, but Goff was trying to force it to Watkins when he was not necessarily open and did overthrow at times to Watkins. Watkins did salvage his day on a play that we have seen several times this season which is a goal-line package where Watkins is the lone receiver on the right side of the field, Goff takes a three-step drop and Watkins runs a quick slant boxing out the cornerback for the touchdown.
2017 Week 15 vs SEA (5 / 2 / 14 / 0 rec)
For all of the success that the Ram's offense had this week, Watkins was almost a non-factor. He was second on the team with 5 targets but only managed to pull in 2 of them. Watkins was brought in to stretch the field and for his quick hitting ability any time he touches the ball. However, Goff and Watkins just do not seem to be on the same page most games. There was no reason to try and force the ball to Watkins as the Rams held a comfortable lead almost the entire game. Todd Gurley is not going to score 4 touchdowns every week, so Watkins and Goff will need to work on their chemistry if this team wants to make a deep run into the playoffs.
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 NewsChiefs | Sammy Watkins has a lot to offer (Fri Mar 16, 11:55 PM) - Kansas City Chiefs WR Sammy Watkins 'hasn't been used correctly as a pro,' according to an AFC scout. 'If he gets enough touches each game, he can be a difference-maker,' the scout said. Our View: Watkins has flashed big time ability during his time with the Bills and the Rams. It may not be the fact he was misused but more the fact that he struggles to stay healthy. With a gunslinger like Pat Mahomes throwing the rock, the Chiefs offense has the ability to go vertical often.
link to story Chiefs | Sammy Watkins' deal with KC official (Wed Mar 14, 08:15 PM) - Updating a previous report, free-agent WR Sammy Watkins (Rams) officially agreed to terms with the Kansas City Chiefs Wednesday, March 14. Terms of the contract were not disclosed, but an earlier report states that it is a three-year deal worth $48 million. Our View: If Watkins can stay healthy, his game seems perfect for young QB Patrick Mahomes. In college at Texas Tech, Mahomes was a gunslinger and wants to stretch the field vertically. Watkins is a vertical threat who will line up opposite Tyreek Hill and give Mahomes a great option. Fantasy owners should proceed with caution when considering Watkins for a couple of reasons. First, his injury history reads like War and Peace. Second, the Chiefs are stacked with offensive talent (Hill, Kareem Hunt, Travis Kelce) and that will impact how many opportunities Watkins gets with his new team.
link to story Chiefs | Sammy Watkins agrees with Chiefs (Tue Mar 13, 08:06 AM) - Los Angeles Rams impending free-agent WR Sammy Watkins agreed to a three-year, $48 million deal with the Kansas City Chiefs Tuesday, March 13. The deal includes $30 million guaranteed. link to story Bears | Sammy Watkins is Chicago's top target? (Mon Mar 12, 11:49 PM) - Los Angeles Rams impending free-agent WR Sammy Watkins is reportedly the Chicago Bears' top target in free agency, according to multiple sources. link to story Jaguars | Sammy Watkins of interest to Jaguars (Mon Mar 12, 05:33 PM) - Free-agent WR Sammy Watkins (Rams) has drawn interest from the Jacksonville Jaguars, according to a source. Our View: It's ....interesting to say the least. Watkins is great when healthy, and the Jaguars are comfortable letting Allen Robinson hit the open market. With so many young/talented receivers already on the roster, it would be difficult to imagine the Jags breaking the bank for another wideout.
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