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Sammy Watkins | Wide Receiver | #12

Team: Los Angeles Rams
Age / DOB:  (24) / 6/14/1993
Ht / Wt:  6'1' / 211
College: Clemson
Drafted: 2014 / Rd. 1 (4) / BUF
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Rams GM Les Snead confirmed the team wants to re-sign Sammy Watkins.
"I know this – going from 32nd to first in offense, Sammy was a big part of it down the stretch," Snead said. "A goal of ours is to keep that [wide receiver] group together because a lot of our weapons are 25 and under." Watkins caught just 39 passes for 593 yards his first season with the Rams, but he did find the end zone eight times and, perhaps most importantly, stayed healthy. ESPN's Alden Gonzalez reports the team will tag Watkins if they cannot reach a long-term deal. Jan 25 - 10:24 AM

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ESPN Rams reporter Alden Gonzalez expects the team to assign the franchise tag to impending free agent Sammy Watkins.

It's not a surprise after the Rams gave up a second-round pick and CB E.J. Gaines for Watkins last August. Although Watkins caught just 39 balls for the 2017 Rams, he scored eight touchdowns and was highly effective on a per-target basis. Watkins also stayed healthy for the first time in a long time. As Watkins is still only 24 years old -- he turns 25 in June -- the Rams may use the franchise tag as a precursor to a long-term commitment.
Jan 10 - 8:18 PM

Impending free agent Sammy Watkins said he is open to re-signing with the Rams.

"You see this team building something, with the coaching staff and the players," Watkins said. "It would be a pleasure to come back but, you know, it’s a business." The last part of that statement is important and why any "I would be happy to stay" comments in January should be taken with a grain of salt. Despite a down year statistically, Watkins did manage to stay healthy and is still just 24. Those two factors could send his price higher than the Rams are comfortable, especially after he struggled to find his place in the offense this season.
Jan 8 - 9:22 AM

Sammy Watkins caught 1-of-4 targets for 23 yards in the Rams' Wild Card loss to the Falcons.

As he was for vast stretches of his first year in Los Angeles, Watkins was invisible this evening. Much of Watkins' 2017 struggles can be attributed to quarterback play and coaching. Watkins is an exceptionally poor fit with Jared Goff, who avoids risky throws and struggles with accuracy. Coach Sean McVay also focused much of his play-calling on short-to-intermediate routes and play action. As he showed alligator arming a late deep ball against the Falcons, however, Watkins was hardly blameless in his down campaign. Still somehow only 24, Watkins will head to free agency if he avoids the franchise tag, which seems likely at this juncture. He will be a fascinating case.
Jan 7 - 12:36 AM

Sammy Watkins corralled three-of-seven targets for 30 yards and a touchdown Sunday in the Rams’ Week 16 win over the Titans.

He scored his touchdown in the third quarter, beating Adoree’ Jackson on a slant from Jared Goff. Watkins hasn’t racked up much yardage this year—he’s been held under 50 yards in six of his last seven appearances—but he’s been a reliable red-zone target with eight touchdowns, which is one off his career-high of nine set in 2015. Watkins gets the Niners in next week’s regular season finale.
Sun, Dec 24, 2017 06:10:00 PM

Sammy Watkins caught 2-of-5 targets for 14 yards in the Rams' Week 15 win over the Seahawks.

With Robert Woods back in the fold after three weeks away with a shoulder injury, Watkins took a back seat, though the Rams didn't have to throw the ball in the second half whatsoever. Woods went 6-45-1 on a team-high seven targets, and Watkins will be a WR3/4 next week against the Titans.
Sun, Dec 17, 2017 07:59:00 PM

Sammy Watkins caught 3-of-7 targets for 21 yards and a touchdown in the Rams' Week 14 loss to the Eagles.

Watkins' seventh touchdown of the season was his third in three games, and fifth in six. He caught a contested ball in the end zone. Watkins' targets spiked during Robert Woods' two-game absence, but not his production. Woods is expected back for Week 15 in Seattle, reverting Watkins to boom/bust WR4 status.
Sun, Dec 10, 2017 08:28:00 PM

Sammy Watkins corralled three-of-four targets for 38 yards and a touchdown Sunday in the Rams’ Week 13 win over the Cardinals.

Watkins was predictably quiet on a day where he faced one of the league's best corners in Patrick Peterson, though he did salvage the afternoon for fantasy owners by scoring an 11-yard touchdown during the third quarter. The Rams went to their hurry-up offense on the play, confusing the Cardinals’ defense as Watkins waltzed into the end zone uncovered. With Robert Woods (shoulder) expected to miss at least one more game, Watkins could have WR3 appeal next week against the Eagles.
Sun, Dec 3, 2017 08:40:00 PM

Sammy Watkins caught 4-of-9 targets for 82 yards and a touchdown in the Rams' Week 12 win over the Saints.

The targets were Watkins' most as a Ram. The yards were his second most. Stop us if you have heard this one before, but he could have had an even bigger day. Watkins drew a 48-yard defensive pass interference penalty, and Jared Goff missed him in embarrassing fashion on what should have been a monster gain in the fourth quarter. Instead, an under-thrown ball bounced off Watkins' fingertips for an interception. Even if Robert Woods (shoulder) misses another game, Watkins' revival should be short lived, as he has to deal with Patrick Peterson and the Cardinals in Week 13.
Sun, Nov 26, 2017 07:50:00 PM

Sammy Watkins caught 3-of-4 targets for 36 yards in the Rams' Week 11 loss to the Vikings.

The catches matched an eight-week-high actually, and Watkins predictably came back down after scoring touchdowns in Weeks 9 and 10. Watkins got the Xavier Rhodes treatment in this one. He'll look to bounce back against the Saints in Week 12, but the New Orleans pass defense has played really well since the start of the season, and Watkins isn't getting nearly enough volume.
Sun, Nov 19, 2017 06:01:00 PM

Sammy Watkins hauled in 2-of-3 targets for 41 yards and a touchdown in the Rams' Week 10 win over the Texans.

Watkins' first catch did not come until there were under two minutes left in the third quarter, but Jared Goff went right back to him on a screen the next play and the receiver delivered with a 17-yard touchdown. Watkins has now scored in back-to-back games, but he has just five total targets over that span. He will be someone to bet against next week in Minnesota.
Sun, Nov 12, 2017 07:38:00 PM

Sammy Watkins caught 1-of-2 targets for a 67-yard touchdown in the Rams' Week 9 win over the Giants.

Fantasy owners who took the plunge on Watkins should consider themselves ever fortunate that the Giants blew coverage on his 67-yard score. Otherwise, Watkins remained a small part of the game plan and is rarely even looked at by Jared Goff. The contract-year receiver will continue to be a low-floor, boom-bust WR3/flex option when the Rams host the Texans next.
Sun, Nov 5, 2017 03:56:00 PM

Sammy Watkins caught 3-of-5 targets for 42 yards in the Rams' Week 7 win over the Cardinals.

The targets, catches, and yards are all four-week highs for Watkins since his big 6-106-2 line in Week 3. Watkins avoided CB Patrick Peterson for parts of the day, and that's when Jared Goff went to him. The two tried to hook up in the end zone, but Goff overthrew Watkins on a double-move. Watkins will be a mere WR4 against Janoris Jenkins in Week 9 after the Rams' bye.
Sun, Oct 22, 2017 05:08:00 PM

Sammy Watkins caught 1-of-4 targets for 11 yards in the Rams' Week 6 win over the Jaguars.

It was Watkins' third straight week on a milk carton with Jared Goff struggling mightily under center. One of his missed connections was a would-be 58-yard touchdown where Goff uncorked an inexcusably inaccurate pass under little-to-no-pressure. Watkins now has two catches for 28 yards over his past three games. Unfathomable. He's down in the Kenny Stills/streak-route specialist part of the board in the weekly rankings until further notice.
Sun, Oct 15, 2017 07:36:00 PM

Sammy Watkins said he does not know if his role will increase moving forward.

Watkins expressed some frustration on Twitter after being held without a catch on four targets against the Seahawks, and he has just six targets total in the last two games. "As a player, of course you’re going to be frustrated," Watkins said. "Each week, it could change. They had certain coverage that kind of took me out of the game, and that’s part of the game." With the Jaguars and Patrick Peterson's Cardinals next up on the schedule, the road is not going to get easier for Watkins anytime soon. Cooper Kupp looks like a better fantasy bet right now.
Thu, Oct 12, 2017 09:50:00 AM

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