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Sammy Watkins | Wide Receiver | #14

Team: Kansas City Chiefs
Age / DOB:  (25) / 6/14/1993
Ht / Wt:  6'1' / 211
College: Clemson
Drafted: 2014 / Rd. 1 (4) / BUF
Contract: view contract details
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ESPN's Adam Teicher reports Tyreek Hill has been targeted more frequently than Sammy Watkins during training camp.
That continued in the preseason opener, with Hill getting two targets to zero for Watkins despite the newcomer playing one more snap. The starting offense was on the field for just nine plays, however, and OC Eric Bieniemy is not worried about Watkins' role. "Camp is all about finding your rhythm, making sure we get in sync together," Bieniemy said. "When it’s all said and done, Sammy is doing a heck of a job." Despite the slow start, Watkins is a good upside pick in the middle rounds. Aug 13 - 1:08 PM
Source: ESPN

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Coach Andy Reid said he's been moving Sammy Watkins "all over the place" on offense.

"We were moving him everywhere," Reid said. "He hasn't had to do that in his career." In past stops with the Bills and Rams, Watkins has been a traditional X receiver on the back side of defenses, routinely facing the other team's best corner or seeing double coverage. Reid is getting Watkins looks from the slot in order to free him up. Watkins has loved his time with K.C. thus far, saying he's "encouraged because anybody can get the ball and I've got to learn all the positions." Watkins has been going in the sixth and seventh rounds of early fantasy drafts.
Source: chiefs.com
Jun 27 - 10:21 AM

Chiefs.com's B.J. Kissel writes the connection between Patrick Mahomes and Sammy Watkins is "real."

Kissel writes Mahomes and Watkins have consistently been connecting throughout the offseason program, and fellow receiver Chris Conley said Watkins has picked up the offense "as fast as anyone I've seen." This kind of offseason chatter should always be taken with the biggest grain of salt, but it is still better than the alternative. Watkins' fantasy upside is limited with Tyreek Hill, Travis Kelce, and Kareem Hunt also demanding targets, but he has some upside in the middle rounds.
Source: chiefs.com
Jun 14 - 12:46 PM

Chiefs signed Sammy Watkins, formerly of the Rams, to a three-year, $48 million contract.

The deal reportedly includes $30 million guaranteed, a massive number for a player with a concerning health history. With strong-armed Patrick Mahomes now under center, GM Brett Veach made noise about adding another speedy receiver to play opposite Tyreek Hill, but it is still surprising to see the Chiefs making this big of a splash. Watkins seems to perfectly fit what they were looking for, however. He has averaged over 15 yards per catch in each of his first four seasons, and 13 of his 25 career touchdowns have come from 20 yards or more, although he also showed his ability in the red zone last season. While Watkins would seem to be a good real-life fit, it is fair to wonder how much fantasy value he will return in an offense helmed by a first-year starter with Hill and Travis Kelce demanding targets and Kareem Hunt in the backfield.
Mar 13 - 8:16 AM

The Chicago Tribune's Brad Biggs reports free agent Sammy Watkins is the Bears' "top target."

Biggs reports the Bears are also interested in Allen Robinson, but the team views Watkins a safer bet since he's 100 percent healthy and not coming off a serious injury. Both receivers were linked to multiple teams on Monday, including Watkins with the Bears, Packers, Chiefs, and Jaguars. The Rams are also said to want to keep Watkins, but his market could get out of hand.
Mar 12 - 11:16 PM

First Coast News reports the Jaguars are interested in free agent Sammy Watkins.

It's extremely interesting, as it's been presumed one of the reasons the Jags were comfortable letting Allen Robinson hit the open market was because of their young prospects at receiver. They do reportedly remain open to re-signing Robinson. It's ultimately difficult to see Watkins ending up in teal.
Mar 12 - 4:12 PM

NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reports the Packers, Chiefs and Bears are interested in free agent Sammy Watkins.

Rapsheet has also linked the Bears and Pack to Allen Robinson. CBS' Jason La Canfora reported Sunday that the Rams were "working actively" to re-sign Watkins but it's quite possible the market quickly gets away from them. The Bears have the cap space and dire need to make a huge offer.
Source: NFL.com
Mar 12 - 1:55 PM

CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora reports the Rams are "working actively" to re-sign free agent Sammy Watkins.

Watkins is reportedly "open to staying." La Canfora mentions Watkins possibly settling for a "bridge" contract, likely on a one- or two-year deal to continue to rebuild other teams' confidence in his ability to stay healthy and effective. Watkins' "market" to this point has been pretty quiet. Most teams likely view him as a fallback plan to fellow free agent Allen Robinson.
Source: CBS Sports
Mar 11 - 5:11 PM

The Rams will not assign the franchise tag to WR Sammy Watkins, letting him become an unrestricted free agent.

The Rams tagged S Lamarcus Joyner before Tuesday's deadline, allowing Watkins to hit the open market when free agency begins March 14. The Rams supposedly want to keep Watkins, but they have yet to be aggressive in that department. Watkins has every incentive to test the market, and not settle for a deal any time in the next eight days.
Mar 6 - 1:18 PM

Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports reports the Rams will not place the franchise tag on Sammy Watkins.

If the Rams use the tag, La Canfora writes, it will be on S Lamarcus Joyner. Watkins posted a disappointing 39/593/8 line in 15 games last season, but he will be one of the top free agents available if he is allowed to hit the open market, which is likely if the Rams do not tag him. With Allen Robinson also looking likely to avoid the tag, the receiver market suddenly looks stacked.
Mar 6 - 8:24 AM

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

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

Depth Charts

Skill Players
PosRoleName
QB1Pat Mahomes
2Chad Henne
3Matt McGloin
4Chase Litton
RB1Kareem Hunt
2Spencer Ware
3Charcandrick West
4Kerwynn Williams
5Damien Williams
GLB1Kareem Hunt
2Spencer Ware
3RB1Charcandrick West
2Kareem Hunt
FB1Anthony Sherman
2Algernon Brown
WR11Tyreek Hill
2Chris Conley
3De'Anthony Thomas
4Daniel Braverman
5Byron Pringle
WR21Sammy Watkins
2Demarcus Robinson
3Jehu Chesson
4Marcus Kemp
5Gehrig Dieter
WR31Chris Conley
TE1Travis Kelce
2Demetrius Harris
3Tim Wright
4Jace Amaro
5Alex Ellis
LT1Eric Fisher
2Andrew Wylie
3Bentley Spain
LG1Cameron Erving
2Parker Ehinger
3Kahlil McKenzie
C1Mitch Morse
2Jimmy Murray
3Alex Officer
RG1Laurent Duvernay-Tardif
2Jordan Devey
3Ethan Cooper
RT1Mitchell Schwartz
2Bryan Witzmann
3Ryan Hunter
K1Harrison Butker