Sammy Watkins

Green Bay Packers
Wide Receiver #14
Green Bay Packers
Wide Receiver #14

Sammy Watkins News

Shifts to IR

Watkins (hamstring) was placed on injured reserve Saturday.

Analysis: This comes as somewhat of a surprise. After a breakout Week 2, Watkins practiced in limited fashion Wednesday with a hamstring injury. The injury took a turn for the worse from there as the veteran receiver missed practice both Thursday and Friday before being ruled out for Sunday's game against the Buccaneers. The Packers have been noticeably withholding when it comes to injuries with ambiguous timelines, but hopefully more information regarding Watkins' return this season will trickle out over the coming weeks.

Sep 24, 2022 10:23 AM EST

Not playing in Week 3

Watkins (hamstring) has been ruled out for Sunday's game in Tampa Bay, Wes Hodkiewicz of the Packers' official site reports.

Analysis: Watkins opened Week 3 prep with a limited practice before sitting out entirely Thursday and Friday. While Watkins won't suit up this weekend, Allen Lazard (ankle) will be available, and Randall Cobb (illness) and Christian Watson (hamstring) are questionable. If one or both of Cobb and Watson are limited or out Sunday, Romeo Doubs would be in line for elevated snap and target shares opposite Lazard.

Sep 23, 2022 1:20 PM EST

Another DNP on Friday

Watkins (hamstring) remained sidelined at Friday's practice, Matt Schneidman of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: After practicing on a limited basis Wednesday, Watkins finished the week with consecutive absences, so he's trending in the wrong direction heading into Sunday's game against the Buccaneers. Fellow wide receiver Randall Cobb (illness) remained sidelined as well, while Allen Lazard (ankle) and Christian Watson (hamstring) returned to the practice field. If neither Watkins nor Cobb recover by Sunday, Green Bay's receiving corps would be led by Lazard, Watson and Romeo Doubs.

Sep 23, 2022 10:15 AM EST

Misses practice Thursday

Watkins (hamstring) didn't practice Thursday, Matt Schneidman of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Watkins was one of four Packers wide receivers missing from Thursday's practice, along with Allen Lazard (ankle), Christian Watson (hamstring) and Randall Cobb (illness). Romeo Doubs is the top healthy wide receiver for Green Bay heading into a daunting Week 3 matchup against the Buccaneers defense.

Sep 22, 2022 11:00 AM EST

Tending to hamstring issue

Watkins (hamstring) practiced on a limited basis Wednesday.

Analysis: Watkins has been no stranger to injury reports during his eight-plus years in the NFL, only playing a full slate once (2014 as a rookie) and otherwise missing 30 games since then. On a positive note, he was able to handle some reps Wednesday, while Allen Lazard (ankle) and Christian Watson (hamstring) also were limited and Randall Cobb (illness) didn't practice. Considering that's four of the Packers' top five wide receivers, the situation will be one to watch closely as the weekend approaches to get a sense of who may be in danger of sitting out Sunday in Tampa Bay.

Sep 21, 2022 2:26 PM EST

Racks up 93 yards in Week 2

Watkins caught three of four targets for 93 yards in Sunday's 27-10 win over the Bears.

Analysis: No other Packer reach 40 yards receiving and Watkins' four targets were enough for sole possession of the team lead, so he was the most productive receiver in a run-first Green Bay offense against Chicago. Most of the veteran wideout's yards came on a 55-yard catch in the fourth quarter. The Packers will likely have to pass more in Week 3 against a Tampa Bay defense that's terrific against the run, which could mean more targets for Watkins in a Packers receiving corps that has yet to establish a clear pecking order.

Sep 18, 2022 8:46 PM EST

Catches three passes

Watkins caught all three of his targets for 18 yards in Sunday's 23-7 loss to the Vikings.

Analysis: Watkins secured each pass thrown his way, but he still didn't make a very significant impact despite teammate Allen Lazard (ankle) sitting out. Overall, though, Green Bay's offense struggled Sunday, leaving great room for improvement heading into Week 2's matchup versus the Bears. While tailbacks Aaron Jones and AJ Dillon profile as key playmakers, it remains to be seen who the Packers' most consistent receivers will be, as veterans like Watkins, Lazard and Randall Cobb are joined by rookies Christian Watson and Romeo Doubs as the team strives to replace superstar Davante Adams.

Sep 11, 2022 5:22 PM EST

Not expected to play Thursday

Watkins isn't slated to play in Thursday's preseason game in Kansas City, Mike Spofford and Wes Hodkiewicz of the Packers' official site report.

Analysis: Along with Watkins, fellow wide receivers Allen Lazard, Christian Watson (knee) and Randall Cobb aren't suiting up, meaning none of the quartet will see game action until a Week 1 matchup Sunday, Sept. 11 at Minnesota.

Aug 25, 2022 4:49 PM EST

Unlikely to suit up Friday

Watkins isn't in line to play in Friday's preseason game versus the Saints, Mike Spofford of the Packers' official site reports.

Analysis: Watkins has yet to make an appearance during exhibition, like the vast majority of Packers starters on both sides of the ball. He'll be joined on the sideline by Allen Lazard, Christian Watson (knee) and Randall Cobb, giving Romeo Doubs, Amari Rodgers, Juwann Winfree and Samori Toure opportunities to work with third-year signal-caller Jordan Love.

Aug 19, 2022 5:03 PM EST

Sees ample action in scrimmage

Watkins played extensively with the first team during Green Bay's Family Night event Friday, according to

Analysis: Watkins missed the early portion of camp with a hamstring injury, but he got in about a week's worth of work leading up to Friday's glorified scrimmage and wound up seeing more first-team snaps -- most of those came on the boundary -- than any skill player other than Allen Lazard. Watkins might not see much action in the preseason, as neither veterans nor regulars have seem much time in exhibition games under head coach Matt LaFleur. There was talk earlier in the summer that Watkins was not a lock to be on the team in Week 1, but as things stand it appears he will play a key role for the Packers out of the gate.

Aug 7, 2022 8:46 AM EST

Returns to practice

Watkins, who had been on the active/non-football injury list with a hamstring injury, returned to practice Friday.

Analysis: Now that he's back on the field, Watkins will look to cement a key role in a Green Bay wide receiving corps that is looking for ways to fill the void created by the offseason departure of Davante Adams. If the 29-year-old can develop good chemistry with QB Aaron Rodgers, Watkins has a path to fantasy utility, provided he can stay healthy. Also vying for depth chart slotting among the team's WRs are Allen Lazard, Randall Cobb, Christian Watson (knee), Amari Rodgers and Romeo Doubs.

Jul 29, 2022 11:06 AM EST

Should return to practice Friday

Coach Matt LaFleur said "the goal" is for Watkins (undisclosed) to practice Friday, Wes Hodkiewicz of the Packers' official site reports.

Analysis: Watkins appears set for activation from the non-football injury list Friday, which would allow him to rejoin training camp activities and continue establishing chemistry with new quarterback Aaron Rodgers. The 29-year-old wideout is facing clear opportunity to earn a starting role in Green Bay's offense this season, so it would be encouraging to see him return without missing much time. Meanwhile, rookie first-round pick Christian Watson (knee) remains on the PUP list.

Jul 29, 2022 8:21 AM EST

Should be ready to practice soon

Packers GM Brian Gutekunst described Watkins' unspecified injury as a "very short-term thing" after the wideout was placed on the non-football injury list for the start of training camp, Matt Schneidman of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Gutekunst seemed to say Watkins is expected back before rookie wideout Christian Watson, who was placed on the PUP list after suffering an injury during OTAs. Watkins' spot on the NFI list suggests he was hurt while away from the team, but it doesn't sound like anything serious. He does have a sketchy medical record, with multiple missed games in all but two of his eight NFL seasons. Watkins has played 99 of a possible 129 regular-season games (76.7 percent) since entering the NFL as the fourth overall pick in 2014. He has a nice opportunity to earn snaps in Green Bay this year, but the 29-year-old hasn't reached 500 yards since 2019 and hasn't gone over 700 since 2015.

Jul 27, 2022 7:50 AM EST

On NFI list to kick off camp

The Packers placed Watkins (undisclosed) on the active/non-football injury list Tuesday, Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: In their attempt to navigate life without Davante Adams, the Packers' most notable splash among veteran options at wide receiver this offseason was Watkins. Watkins got some run with Aaron Rodgers and the first-team offense during mandatory minicamp, but his first practice of training camp will be delayed until he gains medical clearance to get on the field. Watkins has played only one full season as a pro back in his rookie 2014 campaign with the Bills, missing a combined 30 games over the last seven seasons.

Jul 26, 2022 2:52 PM EST

Getting familiar with new team

Packers head coach Matt LaFleur said Tuesday that Watkins is present and will participate in the team's mandatory minicamp, Ryan Wood of the Green Bay Press-Gazette reports.

Analysis: LaFleur also mentioned that Watkins was present for two of Green Bay's OTAs last week, but he wasn't participating during the practices open to reporters. So, while it won't be the veteran wideout's first time at Green Bay's facility, it will be the first time he'll get to practice with reigning MVP Aaron Rodgers. Watkins signed a one-year deal this offseason to help mitigate the losses of Davante Adams and Marquez Valdes-Scantling, but he'll face stiff competition from returning depth pieces (Malik Taylor and Juwann Winfree) and a trio of rookies (Romeo Doubs, Samori Toure and Christian Watson) for a roster spot.

Jun 7, 2022 9:40 AM EST

Still not at OTAs

Watkins remains absent from the Packers' OTAs on Tuesday, Ryan Wood of the Green Bay Press-Gazette reports.

Analysis: Packers head coach Matt LaFleur said after Tuesday's practice, "I'm not comfortable with anybody not being here." While OTAs remain voluntary, Watkins may be falling out of favor with the staff already given LaFleur's comments. Watkins signed a one-year deal this offseason to help mitigate the losses of Davante Adams and Marquez Valdes-Scantling. However, with returning depth pieces like Malik Taylor and Juwann Winfree already familiar with Green Bay's offensive scheme and rookies Romeo Doubs, Samori Toure and Christian Watson already having multiple weeks of practices under their belts, Watson could find himself fighting for a roster spot when he eventually makes his presence felt at practice.

May 31, 2022 9:56 AM EST

Lands with Green Bay

The Packers and Watkins agreed to terms on a one-year contract Thursday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Analysis: After visiting Green Bay earlier Thursday, Watkins will join the fifth organization of his career. The eight-year pro doesn't turn 29 until June, but he's also missed multiple games in all but two seasons so far. In his most recent stop in Baltimore last year, Watkins hauled in 27 of 49 passes for 394 yards and one touchdown in 13 appearances. With the Packers, he'll join a receiving corps in dire need of a boost after the team dealt Davante Adams to the Raiders and Marquez Valdes-Scantling moved on to the Chiefs this offseason.

Apr 14, 2022 11:21 AM EST

Visiting the Packers

Watkins is slated to visit with the Packers on Thursday, Mike Garafolo of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: While Garafolo notes that no deal is imminent, a look at the Packers' wideout depth chart minus Davante Adams points to a Green Bay potentially being a good fit for Watkins. The 2014 first-rounder logged a modest 27-394-1 stat line in 13 games with the Ravens last season, but when healthy, the 28-year-old can be a useful passing target and that's an area the Packers are looking to shore up as the 2022 NFL Draft approaches.

Apr 14, 2022 9:20 AM EST

Complete non-factor in finale

Watkins failed to bring in his only target in the Ravens' 16-13 overtime loss to the Steelers on Sunday.

Analysis: The veteran's season came to a profoundly disappointing conclusion down the stretch, as he was targeted all of three times over the last four games and came away with nothing to show for it. Watkins' Ravens career had started off encouragingly enough with a 16-257 line over his first four games, but he ultimately lost his No. 2 role to rookie Rashod Bateman. Given his expiring contract and forgettable finish, it seems all but a certainty Watkins is on the move again this offseason.

Jan 9, 2022 4:08 PM EST

No targets again

Watkins was not targeted on 13 snaps Sunday against the Rams.

Analysis: The veteran did not make an impact against his former team and notched his second straight game with zero targets. Watkins has played a combined 16 snaps since returning from a one-game absence in Week 16 and his role appears to have fully diminished. The veteran, who is on a one-year contract, will finish the season Sunday against the Steelers at home.

Jan 4, 2022 6:49 AM EST

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