Sammy Watkins

Baltimore Ravens
Wide Receiver #14
Baltimore Ravens
Wide Receiver #14
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Sammy Watkins News

Key grab late in win

Watkins secured three of four targets for 48 yards in the Ravens' 16-13 win over the Bears on Sunday.

Analysis: The veteran made a clutch 29-yard grab on what turned out to be the game-winning drive to put the Ravens on the Bears' three-yard line and set up a Devonta Freeman touchdown. Watkins' yardage total was his best since Week 4 against the Broncos, and he could enjoy an even bigger role in a Week 12 home matchup versus the Browns if fellow wideout Marquise Brown (thigh) remains out for that contest.

Nov 21, 2021 4:06 PM EST


One catch in return

Watkins caught one of three targets for seven yards against the Dolphins.

Analysis: This was Watkins' first game action since Week 5 as he made his return from a thigh injury. He played just one-third of the offensive snaps and drew only three targets. His playing time should increase as he gets closer to full health but the sudden arrival of Rashod Bateman could make targets harder to come by for the veteran. The Ravens travel to Chicago to face the Bears on Sunday.

Nov 16, 2021 7:01 AM EST



Returns for TNF

Watkins (thigh) is listed as active for Thursday night's game against the Dolphins.

Analysis: Watkins is back for his first game action since Week 5, one week before 2021 first-rounder Rashod Bateman made his NFL debut. With the rookie having caught 12 of his 20 targets for 161 yards through three games, Watkins may not return to quite the same role he saw prior to his injury, in which he averaged 58.8 snaps and 7.3 targets over the first four weeks of this season. However, the return of the 28-year-old helps solidify a Baltimore wideout corps that also includes Marquise Brown (46 catches for 682 yards and six TDs in eight games), while Watkins should see steady snaps in the process, health permitting.

Nov 11, 2021 3:56 PM EST


Listed as questionable

Watkins (thigh) was upgraded to full practice participant Wednesday and is listed as questionable for Thursday's game in Miami, Adam H. Beasley of the Miami Herald reports.

Analysis: The upgrade hints at a return after Watkins was listed as LP in four straight practice between last week and this. He last played Week 5, one week before first-round pick Rashod Bateman made his NFL debut. With the rookie catching 12 of 20 targets for 161 yards through three games, Watkins isn't likely to return to the same role in which he averaged 58.8 snaps and 7.3 targets over the first four weeks of this season. Final words on Watkins' availability may have to wait until Thursday evening when the Ravens release their inactive list 90 minutes prior to the 8:20 ET kickoff.

Nov 10, 2021 1:13 PM EST


Listed as limited again

Baltimore listed Watkins (thigh) as a limited participant on Tuesday's estimated practice report.

Analysis: Because of the quick turnaround for Thursday's game in Miami, the Ravens haven't held traditional practices Monday and Tuesday, but if they had, Watkins wouldn't have been able to take full reps. Mike Garafolo of NFL Network reported over the weekend that the Ravens are still hopeful that Watkins will put an end to his three-game absence Thursday, but the wideout may need to be listed as a full participant Wednesday in order to avoid taking an injury designation into the Week 10 contest.

Nov 9, 2021 1:04 PM EST



Listed as limited on practice estimate

Watkins (thigh) was listed as limited on Monday's practice estimate.

Analysis: Mike Garafolo of NFL Network previously noted that Watkins was expected to play in Sunday's overtime win over the Vikings, but the wideout's thigh didn't feel right in the morning and the Ravens held him out with this week's short turnaround in mind in the hope that he'll be available for Thursday night's game against the Dolphins.

Nov 8, 2021 4:22 PM EST


Eyeing Week 10 return

The Ravens remain hopeful that Watkins (thigh), who is inactive for Sunday's game against the Vikings, will be ready to return Week 10 for a Thursday contest in Miami, Mike Garafolo of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: Watkins missed both of the Ravens' prior two games, but the prevailing expectation was that he would be ready to go following a Week 8 bye. After closing this week with a pair of limited practices Thursday and Friday, Watkins was listed as questionable heading into Sunday and seemingly looked to be trending toward suiting up, but the Ravens ultimately chose to exercise some caution with the 28-year-old wideout. Garofolo suggests that Watkins isn't dealing with a setback to his injured thigh; instead, the quick turnaround for the Week 10 game was likely the main factor in holding him out Sunday. In any case, with Watkins out of the mix for another game, the Ravens will likely turn to receivers Marquise Brown and Rashod Bateman and tight end Mark Andrews as their top passing-game options.

Nov 7, 2021 10:20 AM EST


Inactive Sunday

Watkins (thigh) is inactive for Sunday's game against the Vikings.

Analysis: Watkins, who hasn't played since Week 5, will thus target a potential return to action this coming Thursday against the Dolphins. In his absence, Rashod Bateman, Marquise Brown, Devin Duvernay will head the Ravens' Week WR 9 corps, with James Proche, Miles Boykin and Tylan Wallace also on hand.

Nov 7, 2021 8:36 AM EST


Game-time decision for Week 9

Watkins (thigh) is viewed as a game-time decision for Sunday's game against the Vikings, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: Rapoport suggests that Watkins has a good shot to suit up Sunday, while also noting that fellow wideout Rashod Bateman (groin) is expected to play. If both players are active, it would mark the first time that Watkins, Marquise Brown and Rashod Bateman would all be available together for a regular-season contest. Confirmation of Watkins' Week 9 status will arrive once the Ravens' inactives are released in advance of the team's 1:00 ET kickoff versus Minnesota.

Nov 7, 2021 4:41 AM EST


Listed as questionable for Week 9

Watkins (thigh) is

Analysis: Watkins, who hasn't played since Week 5, didn't practice Wednesday, but back-to-back limited sessions have him trending in the right direction as Sunday's 1:00 ET kickoff approaches. Per coach John Harbaugh, Watkins looked good at practice Friday and "has a chance" to play Sunday, but at this stage the wideout isn't a lock to return this weekend, with the Ravens on a short week leading up to next Thursday's game against the Dolphins.

Nov 5, 2021 12:26 PM EST


Limited in return to practice

Watkins (hamstring/thigh) returned to a limited practice Thursday.

Analysis: This marks the wideout's first practice since Week 5, so there's a a solid chance he'll be listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Vikings. If Watkins can play this weekend, it would be the first time that he, Marquise Brown and Rashod Bateman would all be available together for a regular-season contest.

Nov 4, 2021 2:14 PM EST


Resumes practicing

Watkins (hamstring/thigh) returned to practice Thursday, Jonas Shaffer of The Baltimore Sun reports.

Analysis: Watkins hadn't practiced since injuring his hamstring in Week 5, so this is a step in the right direction for the wideout in advance of Sunday's game against the Vikings. The Ravens' upcoming injury report will reveal Watkins' official participation level, but his return to the field Thursday suggests that he has a chance to suit up this weekend.

Nov 4, 2021 10:46 AM EST


Still not practicing

Watkins (hamstring/thigh) didn't practice Wednesday, Ryan Mink of the Ravens' official site reports.

Analysis: Watkins hasn't practiced since exiting the team's Week 5 win over the Colts, so it's concerning that he's still sidelined even after the team's bye. If Watkins remains out this weekend against the Vikings, Marquise Brown, Rashod Bateman and Devin Duvernay would once again be in line to head Baltimore's wideout corps in Week 9.

Nov 3, 2021 3:26 PM EST


Remains out this week

Watkins (thigh) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Bengals.

Analysis: With Watkins set to miss his second straight game, Marquise Brown, Rashod Bateman and Devin Duvernay are once again in line to head the Ravens' wideout corps this weekend. Baltimore is on bye in Week 8, so Watkins will target a potential return to action Nov. 7 against Minnesota.

Oct 22, 2021 12:53 PM EST


Not practicing again Friday

Watkins (thigh) isn't participating at the portion of Friday's practice that's open to the media, Jeff Zrebiec of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Watkins missed the Week 6 win against the Chargers and has not practiced this week. The 28-year-old is unlikely to be available for Sunday's matchup with the Bengals, which would provide more opportunities for Rashod Bateman and Devin Duvernay.

Oct 22, 2021 9:16 AM EST


Logs another DNP

Watkins (thigh) didn't practice Thursday, Jeff Zrebiec of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Unless Watkins is able to return to the field in some capacity Friday, he'll continue to trend toward missing Sunday's game against the Bengals. If he remains out this weekend, the Ravens' Week 7 wideout corps would continue to be led by Marquise Brown, Rashod Bateman and Devin Duvernay.

Oct 21, 2021 10:53 AM EST


Still not practicing

Watkins (thigh) is not participating in Wednesday's practice, Jonas Shaffer of The Baltimore Sun reports.

Analysis: Watkins has yet to resume practicing since suffering his thigh injury, and unless he's able to get some work in Thursday and/or Friday, it looks like he could be trending toward a second straight missed game. If Watkins isn't able to face the Bengals on Sunday, Marquise Brown and Rashod Bateman will stand to once again operate as Baltimore's clear top wideouts.

Oct 20, 2021 10:56 AM EST


Ruled out for Sunday

Watkins (hamstring) won't play Sunday against the Chargers.

Analysis: It remains to be seen if Watkins' hamstring will respond well enough for him to return to action in Week 7, but in his absence this weekend, Jonas Shaffer of The Baltimore Sun relays that Rashod Bateman groin is expected to be activated from IR to help fill in, while Miles Boykin could also see an expanded role in the Ravens' Week 6 passing attack. Also in the team's WR mix this weekend behind Marquise Brown will be Devin Duvernay and James Proche.

Oct 15, 2021 10:13 AM EST


Heading for another DNP

Watkins (hamstring) wasn't participating during the portion of Friday's practice that was open to the media, Jeff Zrebiec of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Watkins is heading for his third consecutive DNP after suffering the hamstring injury during Monday's win over the Colts. The veteran wideout seems unlikely to be available for Sunday's game against the Chargers, which would open up additional opportunities for Devin Duvernay and James Proche alongside top wideout Marquise Brown.

Oct 15, 2021 9:19 AM EST


Logs another DNP

Watkins (hamstring) wasn't present for Thursday's practice, Jonas Shaffer of The Baltimore Sun reports.

Analysis: At this stage Shaffer believes that Watkins is trending toward missing Sunday's game against the Chargers, though a return to practice, in any capacity, on the wideout's part Friday could change that narrative. If Watkins is out this weekend, Rashod Bateman, who is on IR with a groin injury, could potentially be activated and factor into Baltimore's Week 6 passing attack behind WR Marquise Brown, along with Devin Duvernay and James Proche.

Oct 14, 2021 10:56 AM EST


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