Watkins finished the 2020 campaign with seven catches on 13 targets for 106 yards and a touchdown across six games.
Analysis: Watkins got on the field for 20 snaps total in Weeks 5 and 6 when much of the Eagles receiving corps was out hurt but didn't see a pass thrown his way. However, the rookie played at least 22 snaps in three of the season's last four games and was targeted in each of them. Despite being known for his speed, the sixth-round pick was not asked to return a kick or punt all year. He'll likely be pretty low on the depth chart entering 2021 and will have to fight for a roster spot.
Jan 20, 2021 12:40 PM EST
Watkins (rib) does not carry an injury designation into Sunday's matchup against Washington after practicing with no restrictions Friday.
Analysis: The 22-year-old steadily improved his practice participation throughout the week, and he's seemingly shown enough to the team training staff to gain clearance for Week 17. Watkins remains a depth option within the Eagles' passing attack, though he'll move up one slot in the receiving corps after DeSean Jackson (ankle) was ruled out for the regular-season finale Friday. The sixth-round rookie has produced five catches for 97 yards and a touchdown over his past two appearances.
Jan 1, 2021 1:04 PM EST
Watkins (ribs) was limited in Thursday's practice.
Analysis: Watkins couldn't practice Wednesday, so it's encouraging to see him now taking limited reps. The rookie sixth-round pick is coming off two impressive contests, with 40 yards against the Cardinals and 57 yards against the Cowboys, but his status will need to be monitored as Sunday's tilt against the Football Team approaches.
Dec 31, 2020 1:55 PM EST
Watkins (ribs) was a non-participant at Wednesday's practice.
Analysis: Watkins presumably picked up the injury in last week's loss to the Cowboys. He ended that contest with two receptions for 57 yards. His status will need to be monitored as the week progresses in order to see if he can ramp up his participation at practice.
Dec 30, 2020 4:35 PM EST
Watkins caught two of his three targets for 57 yards in Sunday's 37-17 loss to the Cowboys.
Analysis: After Dallas scored to go up by 13 early in the third quarter, Watkins corralled his first target of the game for a 43-yard gain to open the Eagles' next drive. Unfortunately, the rookie wouldn't see another target until Philadelphia's final possession, which came with the game out of reach. With 97 yards and a touchdown in just 40 snaps total over his last two games, he may have made the case for more playing time in the season's final contest against Washington in Week 17.
Dec 28, 2020 10:45 PM EST
Watkins hauled in three of his four targets for 40 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 33-26 loss to Arizona.
Analysis: Watkins caught a short screen pass and spun to get around the Cardinals defense before turning on the burners and scampering 32 yards down the left sideline for the Eagles' first score of the day early in the second quarter. The rookie had just registered the first catch of his career his last time out and followed it up with his first career trip to the end zone in this one. He has played 50 snaps over the past two weeks while Travis Fulgham has seen his playing time and production dip accordingly.
Dec 21, 2020 10:57 PM EST
Watkins caught his only target for three yards during Sunday's win over the Saints.
Analysis: The rookie sixth-round pick worked as Philadelphia's No. 4 wideout and played 22 offensive snaps in his first game action since Week 6. Watkins is unlikely to have a major role in the Eagles' passing game, but he could become more involved if there's an injury to Jalen Reagor, Greg Ward or Alshon Jeffery.
Dec 15, 2020 7:18 PM EST
Watkins (illness) was absent from Wednesday's injury report.
Analysis: Watkins missed last week's loss against the Packers due to an illness, but seems to be fully cleared from the ailment. The rookie has seen action in just two games this season, playing 20 offensive snaps, failing to record a fantasy-relevant stat.
Dec 9, 2020 3:17 PM EST
Watkins (illness) remains out and will not play in Sunday's game, Tim McManus of ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: Due to an unknown illness, Watkins did not travel with the team and will miss his sixth game in a row. Between injuries and healthy DNPs, the rookie has only seen a total of 20 snaps this season and zero targets.
Dec 5, 2020 12:50 PM EST
Watkins (coach's decision) is inactive for Sunday's game versus the Giants.
Analysis: Watkins hasn't played since Week 6 when he didn't receive a target over 15 snaps on offense, and he'll watch in street clothes again Sunday. The rookie sixth-rounder was pushed out of the lineup with Jalen Reagor and Alshon Jeffery returning from injuries.
Nov 15, 2020 8:48 AM EST
Watkins (coach's decision) won't suit up in Thursday's game against the Giants.
Analysis: Watkins has seen limited action since returning from IR with an upper-body injury, seeing just 20 offensive snaps total across the last two games. Watkins appears to have limited-to-no role in the offense going forward, as John Hightower and J.J. Arcega-Whiteside will handle the depth receiver snaps for Thursday's contest.
Oct 22, 2020 4:01 PM EST
Watkins didn't draw a target while playing 15 of the Eagles' 72 offensive snaps Sunday in a 30-28 loss to the Ravens.
Analysis: Despite the Ravens holding a commanding 17-0 lead at halftime and forcing the Eagles into a pass-happy game script, Watkins was unable to connect with quarterback Carson Wentz. The rookie has now gone without a target in his two games since returning from injured reserve last week, and his fortunes are unlikely to improve in the near future. The Eagles could get one or both of DeSean Jackson (hamstring) and Alshon Jeffery (foot) back in the lineup for Thursday's game against the Giants, which would make Watkins and/or J.J. Arcega-Whiteside prime candidates to be inactive for the contest.
Oct 19, 2020 1:00 PM EST
Watkins (upper body) was activated off injured reserve Saturday.
Analysis: The Eagles will probably take it easy with their rookie, but it's good to see Watkins activated off injured reserve after missing the last four games due to an upper body injury. Watkins returned to practice last Sunday so it'll likely take a bit to work back into game shape, although both Alshon Jeffery (foot) and DeSean Jackson (hamstring) being ruled out could press the rookie into action, albeit on a limited basis.
Oct 10, 2020 10:38 AM EST
Watkins (upper body) won't be available for Sunday's game against the 49ers after the Eagles elected not to activate him from injured reserve prior to Saturday's deadline for Week 4 roster moves, Jeff Skversky of 6 ABC Philadelphia reports.
Analysis: After missing the Eagles' first three games with the upper-body injury, Watkins was cleared to return to practice this week, but the coaching and medical staffs evidently determined that the rookie needed more time to get back up to full speed. The Eagles can still evaluate Watkins for two and a half more weeks before determining whether or not to add him to the 53-man roster, with his next chance to make his NFL debut coming Oct. 11 in Pittsburgh.
Oct 4, 2020 6:03 AM EST
Philadelphia designated Watkins (upper body) to return from injured reserve Tuesday, Chris McPherson of the Eagles' official site reports.
Analysis: The transaction opens a 21-day window through which Watkins can take part in practices while the Eagles evaluate him for a potential promotion to the 53-man roster. Watkins missed the Eagles' first three games with the upper-body injury, but if the coaching staff is satisfied with where he stands on the health front during practice this week, he could be cleared to make his NFL debut as soon as Sunday in San Francisco. The Eagles are in dire need of another healthy body at receiver with all of Alshon Jeffery (foot), DeSean Jackson (hamstring) and Jalen Reagor (thumb) at risk of sitting out Week 4.
Sep 29, 2020 12:13 PM EST
The Eagles placed Watkins (upper body) on injured reserve Sunday.
Analysis: Watkins will need to spend at least three weeks on injured reserve before being eligible to return to the active roster, so his first chance to suit up this season will come Week 4 at San Francisco. The rookie sixth-round pick was considered day-to-day while sitting out with an upper body injury at training camp, so it shouldn't take him too long to get healthy.
Sep 6, 2020 2:53 PM EST
Watkins (upper body) practiced with pads Tuesday, Mike Kaye of The Newark Star-Ledger reports.
Analysis: Watkins was initially considered day-to-day after missing Saturday's practice, and he's almost back to full form. It's unclear if the rookie sixth-round pick was limited at all in practice, but he should be fully healthy for Week 1 nonetheless. With Jalen Reagor (shoulder) expected to miss a few weeks and Alshon Jeffrey (foot) still on the PUP list, Watkins has a solid chance to make the 53-man roster after posting 1,178 yards and six touchdowns in his final collegiate season.
Sep 1, 2020 5:05 PM EST
Watkins did not participate in practice Saturday due to a upper-body injury, Dave Zangaro of NBC Sports Philadelphia reports.
Analysis: The report indicates Watkins is day-to-day with the undefined injury. The 2020 sixth-round pick hasn't necessarily stood out during training camp thus far, but the sheer volume of other qualified receiving threats have largely been the reason as opposed to any sort of shortcomings as a receiver. Expect to see Watkins return to the practice field in due time.
Aug 29, 2020 1:04 PM EST
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