|ADP:||Round: 12, Pick: 11|
|Team:||Kansas City Chiefs|
|Ht / Wt:||6'1" / 211 lb.|
|Born:||June 14, 1993|
|Drafted:||2014 / Rd. 1 (4)|
Watkins (hamstring) remained sidelined at practice Thursday, Herbie Teope of The Kansas City Star reports.
Analysis: Watkins will need to get back back on the field Friday in some capacity in order to have a chance to play Sunday against the Broncos. If he ends up ruled out by the Chiefs, added Week 7 opportunities alongside Tyreek Hill will be available for Demarcus Robinson, as well as Mecole Hardman and Byron Pringle.
Watkins (hamstring) didn't participate in Wednesday's practice.
Analysis: Watkins hasn't practiced since suffering this injury during the Week 5 loss to the Raiders, and the Chiefs believed at the time of the injury that the wide receiver could miss "possibly a couple weeks." If he's unable to practice Thursday, Watkins likely will sit out Sunday's game against the Broncos. Demarcus Robinson saw the largest uptick in targets and played nearly every offensive snap with Watkins out of the picture Week 6, although Mecole Hardman should be in the running for more tread as well if Watkins sits out.
Watkins (hamstring) was ruled out ahead of Monday's contest against the Bills.
Analysis: No surprise here considering Watkins was unable to practice all week. Mecole Hardman and Demarcus Robinson figure to see the biggest boost in terms of offensive snaps, although the former continues to present the best-case scenario for fantasy managers provided the Chiefs put more of a priority of getting the ball in Hardman's hands (just seven targets over the last two weeks).
Watkins (hamstring) won't participate in Thursday's practice, Nate Taylor of The Athletic reports.
Analysis: Watkins' absence from the Chiefs' first practice of Week 6 doesn't come as a surprise after he injured his hamstring in last Sunday's loss to the Raiders. According to Pete Sweeney of ArrowheadPride.com, the Chiefs aren't expected to place Watkins on injured reserve, but the wideout looks on track to miss "a couple weeks" with the hamstring issue, per Adam Schefter of ESPN. Kansas City hasn't officially ruled Watkins out for Monday's game against the Bills, but he can probably be viewed as doubtful at this juncture.
Watkins (hamstring) could miss "possibly a couple weeks" due to a hamstring injury sustained during Sunday's loss to the Raiders, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
Analysis: The Chiefs are still evaluating Watkins, but based on the early diagnosis it looks as though he'll be forced to miss at least Monday's upcoming game against the Bills due to his hamstring injury. Mecole Hardman and Demarcus Robinson will see increased playing time alongside top wideout Tyreek Hill as long as Watkins remains sidelined.
Watkins was forced out of Sunday's game against the Raiders with an apparent hamstring injury, Nate Taylor of The Athletic reports.
Analysis: Prior to his exit from the game, Watkins caught both of his targets for 24 yards and a TD. In his absence, Tyreek Hill and Mecole Hardman profile as the Chiefs' top Week 5 wide receiver options.
Watkins caught four of seven targets for 43 yards but lost a fumble in Monday night's 26-10 win over the Patriots.
Analysis: Watkins led the Chiefs in targets and tied for tops in receptions, but his fumble from scoring position hurt Kansas City to start the second quarter. Although Watkins produced mild totals Monday, he's now garnered at least seven targets in three of four games, giving him solid usage in arguably the league's most explosive offense. That role sets a decent floor for him ahead of Week 5's game versus the Raiders, but Watkins will want to avoid coughing the ball up again.
Watkins caught seven of eight targets for 62 yards in Monday night's 34-20 win over the Ravens.
Analysis: Watkins regularly helped Kansas City move the sticks, leading the team in both receptions and targets in his return from concussion protocol. The wideout also came close to his second touchdown of the season, but was pulled down at the two-yard line following a fourth-quarter catch. After just one grab in an injury-shortened Week 2 outing, Watkins bounced back well with his performance Monday, giving him decent momentum ahead of Week 4's game versus the Patriots.
Watkins (concussion/neck) is listed as active Monday at Baltimore, Matt McMullen of the Chiefs' official site reports.
Analysis: Watkins has worked his way through the concussion protocol in a little more than a week, but his neck injury was the issue that potentially threatened his availability for Week 3. There's a chance the Chiefs limit his snap count as a result, which could mean more opportunity for Demarcus Robinson and Mecole Hardman alongside top wide receiver Tyreek Hill. Through two games, Watkins has yet to record a catch of greater than 20 yards on his way to eight receptions (on 12 targets) for 93 yards and one touchdown.
Watkins (concussion/neck) is listed as questionable for Monday's contest against the Ravens, Adam Teicher of ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: Watkins practiced for a second straight day, this time in full capacity, so it certainly seems as if the veteran wideout's status is trending in a positive direction ahead of Monday's major tilt. Watkins was a critical piece in the Chiefs' passing attack last year against the Ravens, piling together five receptions on eight targets for 64 yards, although that production came during the absence of Tyreek Hill who faces no such limitations in the 2020 version of this high-profile contest.
Watkins (concussion/neck) was a limited practice participant Friday.
Analysis: With the Chiefs taking the field for Monday Night Football in Week 3, Watkins has a bit more time to work his way through the concussion that he suffered this past Sunday versus the Chargers. His ability to practice in some capacity is a decent sign that he's progressing through the protocol for head injuries, in addition to a neck issue. Saturday's injury report will shed some light on Watkins' potential to return for Monday's showdown at Baltimore.
Watkins, who is in the NFL's concussion protocol, won't practice Thursday, Pete Sweeney of ArrowheadPride.com reports.
Analysis: That said, coach Andy Reid suggested that Watkins' issue is more in his neck area, so it seems as though the wideout has a decent chance to progress through the protocol in advance of Monday night's game against the Ravens.
Watkins caught one of three targets for 11 yards before being knocked out of Sunday's 23-20 overtime win over the Chargers after taking a hit to the head, Adam Teicher of ESPN NFL Nation reports.
Analysis: Coach Andy Reid was displeased with the hit in his post-game press conference, describing it as questionable. Expect more information on the severity of Watkins' injury and whether he needs to go through concussion protocol to surface in the coming days as the Chiefs turn their attention to preparing for a Week 3 trip to Baltimore.
Watkins brought in seven of nine targets for 82 yards and a touchdown in the Chiefs' 34-20 win over the Texans on Thursday.
Analysis: There must be something about season openers that brings out the best in the veteran receiver, as Watkins spearheaded the potent Chiefs pass-catching corps in Week 1 for the second consecutive year. The veteran wideout famously exploded for a 9-198-3 line against the Jaguars in last year's opening contest, and although Thursday's totals were nowhere near as prolific, Watkins still set the pace for Kansas City in receptions, receiving yards, yards per catch and targets for the night. Watkins will look to carry over his momentum into a Week 2 divisional road showdown against the Chargers on Sunday, Sept. 20.
Watkins (groin) doesn't have a designation on the Chiefs' first injury report of Week 1.
Analysis: Watkins tended to a groin strain during training camp, but it didn't follow him into the first practice of the regular season. Seemingly a boom-or-bust option in the Chiefs' aerial display, he is coming off a campaign in which he posted 75-plus yards in four games while falling short of 50 yards nine times in 17 games (including playoffs).
Watkins (groin) was present for Friday's practice, Adam Teicher of ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: Watkins, who had been nursing what coach Andy Reid referred to as a "slight" groin strain, returned to work on a limited basis Friday, but his participation, in any capacity, is nonetheless good news for the team's pass-catching corps, with top option Tyreek Hill day-to-day with a hamstring injury.
Watkins (groin) missed another practice Thursday, Adam Teicher of ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: Watkins has been held off the field since at least Sunday, nursing what coach Andy Reid referred to as a "slight" groin strain. The 27-year-old wideout has three weeks to get healthy before the Chiefs are scheduled to kick off the 2020 season against the Texans on Sept. 10.
Watkins didn't practice Sunday due to a strained groin, Nate Taylor of The Athletic reports.
Analysis: Coach Andy Reid called the strain "slight", but the news isn't encouraging for the oft-injured Watkins. Through six NFL seasons, Watkins has played a full slate of games just one time while missing an average of 3.3 contests per campaign. At least the current injury is hindering the 27-year-old wide receiver during training camp, leaving him plenty of time to get healthy for Week 1.
Watkins and Kansas City agreed to a one-year, $9 million contract with up to an additional $7 million in incentives, Yahoo! Sports' Terez A. Paylor reports.
Analysis: Watkins would have counted $21 million against Kansas City's cap space under the original deal, which was in the last of its three years. There's probably something to infer from the fact that the Chiefs didn't extend Watkins -- he simply took a paycut on his one remaining year -- but with this restructured deal he's all but guaranteed to start in Kansas City another year. If he retains the same role as he did in 2019, Watkins would likely serve as the Chiefs' primary slot and underneath wideout target. It's a development that will likely delay the proper breakout of second-year wideout Mecole Hardman.
Watkins, who is slated to count $21 million against the Chiefs' salary cap this coming season, is a candidate to have his deal restructured, Herbie Teope of the Kansas City Star reports.
Analysis: To that end, GM Brett Veach indicated Tuesday that the team plans to meet with the wideout's agent this week to discuss his existing contract. Per Veach, Watkins is a player the Chiefs wish to retain, but given the terms of the third and final year of his deal with the team, some sort of restructuring is clearly in order to make that a reality. Watkins' regular season line (52/673/3 through 14 games) wasn't special, but the 26-year-old was a key cog in both the AFC Championship game and Super Bowl LIV, en route to combining for 12 catches for 212 yards and a TD over those two Kansas City wins.
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