Watkins put together one of the better minicamps for the Ravens this offseason, Jamison Hensley of ESPN.com reports. "I'm not going to lie to you; it is fun," Said quarterback Lamar Jackson. "A big receiver, nice target, fast guy. Sammy is going to make our job a lot easier."
Analysis: Watkins is coming off of arguably the worst campaign of his career in 2020, finishing out the year with just 37 catches for 421 yards and a pair of touchdowns. He joins a Ravens team that already sports Marquise Brown and Devin Duvernay and Baltimore also spent a first-round pick to add Rashod Bateman to the fold, so Watkins will need to earn his playing time. It appears he's doing just that early, but he'll need to stay healthy -- a problem he's encountered numerous times during his seven-year career -- to truly deliver on his promise.
Jun 25, 2021 10:06 AM EST
Watkins is set to sign a one-year, $6 million contract with the Ravens, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
Analysis: Watkins hasn't quite lived up to the billing since his early days in Buffalo and has amassed a total of just eight regular-season touchdowns over the last three seasons despite spending the in a high-powered Chiefs offense. He will look for redemption in Baltimore but joins an offense that typically utilizes the run much more frequently than his predecessor in Kansas City. He should secure aspot opposite Marquise Brown heading into 2021.
Mar 26, 2021 3:50 PM EST
Watkins will meet with the Ravens on Tuesday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
Analysis: The Ravens are in need of a wideout and have a long history of signing discount veterans to make up for poor drafting at the position. Watkins would fit the pattern, though he's on the young side (28 in June) for a guy entering his eighth NFL season. He's fallen shy of 700 receiving yards in five consecutive years, so it's hard to imagine a gaudy stat line within the context of Baltimore's run-heavy offense.
Mar 22, 2021 11:33 AM EST
Watkins secured his only target for 13 yards during Kansas City's 31-9 loss to Tampa Bay in Super Bowl LV.
Analysis: Watkins wasn't much of a factor in his first game action since Week 16, as seven players ranked ahead of him in terms of targets during Sunday's loss. The 27-year-old may realistically not have yet been back to 100 percent health from the calf strain that sidelined him during Kansas City's previous two postseason games. Watkins logged a career-low mark in terms of receiving yards (421) in 2020 while scoring just two touchdowns, and he was held to just 10 regular-season games for the second time in three years with the Chiefs. He's set to become an unrestricted free agent this offseason, and turning to the open market could realistically offer Watkins better salary prospects than attempting to re-sign with in Kansas City.
Feb 7, 2021 8:38 PM EST
Watkins (calf) is listed as active for Sunday's Super Bowl LV against the Buccaneers, Matt McMullen of the Chiefs' official site reports.
Analysis: Available for the first time since Week 16, Watkins may not be 100 percent recovered from his calf strain, but he'll add a bit more firepower to one of the NFL's most explosive offenses. When these two teams faced off Week 12, he hauled in four of seven targets for 38 yards, but with Tyreek Hill and Travis Kelce on his side Watkins may find room to operate versus Tampa Bay's banged-up secondary.
Feb 7, 2021 2:07 PM EST
Watkins (calf), who is listed as questionable for Sunday's Super Bowl against the Buccaneers, is slated to suit up for the game, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
Analysis: Watkins has been sidelined since Week 16, when he suffered a strained calf. After more than a month on the pine, though, he logged his first full practice Friday and has expressed confidence this week that he'll play for the first time since Dec. 27. The Chiefs will release their list of inactives around 5:00 p.m. ET on Sunday, but per Schefter Watkins' name isn't expected to be included on it.
Feb 6, 2021 5:37 PM EST
Watkins is listed as questionable for the Super Bowl, despite upgrading to full practice participation Friday.
Analysis: Watkins' first full practice since Week 16 is the latest sign he'll be able to play in the big game. He hasn't been shy about his expectation of suiting up, but we may have to wait until Sunday afternoon/evening for his status to be confirmed. With kickoff scheduled for 6:30 ET, the teams should release inactive lists around 5:00. Watkins caught four of seven targets for 38 yards when he faced the Bucs in Week 12, while fellow Chiefs wideout Tyreek Hill went for 269 and three TDs.
Feb 5, 2021 10:46 AM EST
Watkins (calf) was a limited practice participant Thursday, Adam Teicher of ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: Watkins said Tuesday that's he "very optimistic" about his chances of playing in the Super Bowl, which would be his first appearance since Week 16. A full practice Friday would be a nice sign, but it seems he's tentatively on track to play even if he closes out the week as a limited participant. Meanwhile, fellow wideout Demarcus Robinson (reserve/COVID-19) is expected to rejoin the team Friday.
Feb 4, 2021 1:01 PM EST
Watkins (calf) was limited at practice Wednesday.
Analysis: ESPN's Adam Teicher previously relayed that Watkins said he's "very optimistic" that he'll play in Sunday's Super Bowl against the Buccaneers. The wideout did acknowledge that he may not be quite back to 100 percent by then, but he'll have a couple more days worth of practice to get there, or at least as close to full strength as possible. Watkins hasn't played since Week 16, but it's worth noting that he participated in a pregame workout before being made inactive for the AFC Championship Game against the Bills back on Jan. 24.
Feb 3, 2021 1:36 PM EST
Watkins (calf) said he's "feeling great" and is "very optimistic" he'll play in the Super Bowl, Joey Knight of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
Analysis: Watkins was a limited practice participant last Wednesday and Thursday before downgrading to non-participation on Friday. He returned to the field Monday and made his optimistic comments Tuesday morning. Watkins also mentioned he's still working with the training staff, so it won't be any surprise if he's listed as a limited participant (rather than full) when the Chiefs release their next injury report Wednesday afternoon. The veteran wideout hasn't played in a game since Week 16, finishing the regular season with 37/421/2 in 10 appearances.
Feb 2, 2021 7:45 AM EST
Coach Andy Reid said Watkins (calf) practiced Monday.
Analysis: Watkins missed last Friday's practice after having previously logged two limited sessions, so it's encouraging to see him back on the field Monday. The wideout hasn't suited up since Week 16, but he appears to have a shot at returning for the Super Bowl against Tampa Bay.
Feb 1, 2021 1:44 PM EST
Watkins (calf) didn't practice Friday.
Analysis: Watkins was a limited participant Wednesday and Thursday, with the Chiefs estimating he'll be listed as questionable for the Super Bowl. The wideout hasn't played since Week 16.
Jan 29, 2021 1:29 PM EST
Watkins (calf) was a limited practice participant Thursday.
Analysis: The Chiefs expect Watkins to be ready for the Super Bowl, which would be his first appearance in a game since Week 16. We'll feel better about his role if he logs a full practice before the big game, but the veteran wideout does appear tentatively on track to suit up.
Jan 28, 2021 1:08 PM EST
Watkins (calf) is listed as a limited participant on Wednesday's injury report.
Analysis: Watkins hasn't played since Week 16 but did at least manage a pregame workout before the AFC Championship Game. The Chiefs expect him to play in the Super Bowl, a game where he caught five passes for 98 yards at the end of last season. Watkins' return to the lineup would leave fewer snaps for Demarcus Robinson, Mecole Hardman and Byron Pringle.
Jan 27, 2021 1:07 PM EST
Watkins (calf) is expected to be ready to play in Super Bowl LV, ESPN's Dianna Russini reports.
Analysis: Watkins last suited up back on Dec. 27, but after missing Kansas City's first two playoff games, the wide receiver is trending toward a return to action a week from Sunday. In 10 games this past season, Watkins logged 37 catches (on 55 targets) for 421 yards and two TDs. If he's able to play in the Super Bowl, Watkins would give QB Patrick Mahomes another viable option in the team's passing game, which is paced by playmaking wideout Tyreek Hill and tight end Travis Kelce.
Jan 26, 2021 9:58 AM EST
Watkins (calf) is inactive for Sunday's AFC Championship Game against the Bills, Herbie Teope of The Kansas City Star reports.
Analysis: With Watkins out, Mecole Hardman and Demarcus Robinson are in line for expanded roles in Kansas City's passing attack Sunday alongside top wideout Tyreek Hill, with Byron Pringle also in line to see added snaps.
Jan 24, 2021 2:22 PM EST
Watkins (calf) will go through a pregame workout before his availability is determined for Sunday's AFC Championship Game against the Bills, but the Chiefs don't appear to be optimistic that he'll be able to play, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
Analysis: Watkins hasn't played since initially suffering the calf injury Week 16 against the Falcons, but he looked to have taken a step forward in his recovery by practicing on a limited basis Wednesday through Friday. The Chiefs gave him a questionable designation heading into the weekend, but Schefter's report suggests that Watkins may be trending toward sitting out, or having a limited role in the game plan if he ends up suiting up. Further clarity on Watkins' status should arrive no later than 5:10 p.m. ET, when the Chiefs will release their inactive list 90 minutes prior to kickoff. Mecole Hardman and Demarcus Robinson would be in store for expanded roles alongside top wideout Tyreek Hill if Watkins can't play or is limited.
Jan 24, 2021 5:35 AM EST
Watkins (calf) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against Buffalo.
Analysis: A limited practice participant throughout the week, Watkins could come down to a game-time decision. Mecole Hardman, Demarcus Robinson and Byron Pringle all had significant roles with Watkins sidelined for the wild-card round, combining for seven catches and 86 receiving yards on 10 targets. Hardman got the most targets (four), while Robinson played the most snaps (71 percent).
Jan 22, 2021 12:37 PM EST
Watkins (calf) logged another limited practice Thursday.
Analysis: Friday's final injury report will reveal whether Watkins, who last suited up for a game on Dec. 27, approaches Sunday's AFC Championship Game against the Bills listed as questionable of minus an injury designation altogether. If he's out or limited this weekend, added snaps/targets would be available for Mecole Hardman and Demarcus Robinson.
Jan 21, 2021 1:40 PM EST
Watkins (calf) was a limited participant in Wednesday's practice.
Analysis: It's a clear step forward after Watkins was held out of practice all last week, but Thursday's practice participation will be the more important thing to watch, with Kansas City planning to ramp up the intensity and do some contact work. Watkins hasn't played since Week 16.
Jan 20, 2021 12:55 PM EST
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