Sammy Watkins

Green Bay Packers
Wide Receiver #14
Green Bay Packers
Wide Receiver #14
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Sammy Watkins News

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

Minimal usage in return

Watkins played three offensive snaps Sunday against the Bengals and did not draw a target.

Analysis: This was Watkins' first game back since coming off the reserve/COVID-19 list but his usage was minimal. Watkins has played fewer than 50 percent of the snaps in five of six games since returning from injury and he doesn't have a catch in either of his last two games. Marquise Brown and Rashod Bateman took most of the snaps at receiver and James Proche moved into the No.3 role. Watkins and the Ravens return home to face the Rams on Sunday.

Dec 28, 2021 8:28 AM EST

Off COVID list

Watkins has been activated off the reserve/COVID-19 list ahead of Sunday's game against the Bengals.

Analysis: Now that he's back, Watkins bolsters a Baltimore wideout corps that also includes Marquise Brown and Rashod Bateman, but the Week 16 fantasy upside of all three pass catchers figures to capped by the fact that Josh Johnson will start at QB on Sunday, with Tyler Huntley on the reserve/COVID-19 list and Lamar Jackson (ankle) also unavailable.

Dec 25, 2021 1:47 PM EST

Hitting COVID-19 list

The Ravens placed Watkins (undisclosed) on the reserve/COVID-19 list Saturday.

Analysis: Watkins handled his second-lowest snap share (32 percent) in a game this season last Sunday in Cleveland, which was attributed to a knee issue. It impacted his practice reps somewhat this week, but he was free and clear of the injury report by Friday. Now, Watkins will miss his fourth contest of the campaign due to landing on the COVID-19 list so close to game day. The Ravens thus will roll with Marquise Brown (illness), Rashod Bateman, Devin Duvernay, Miles Boykin, James Proche and Tylan Wallace on Sunday against the Packers.

Dec 18, 2021 5:22 PM EST

Logs full practice

Watkins (knee) returned to a full practice Thursday, Jamison Hensley of reports.

Analysis: Watkins was a limited participant Wednesday, but his full participation Thursday puts him on track to play Sunday against the Packers. Who he'll be catching passes from in the contest is TBD, however, with QB Lamar Jackson (ankle) iffy for Week 15 action following back-to-back practices absences.

Dec 16, 2021 4:36 PM EST

Limited practice Wednesday

Watkins (knee) was limited at practice Wednesday, Jonas Shaffer of The Baltimore Sun reports.

Analysis: Watkins' Wednesday limitations aren't surprising, given a previous report that indicated the wideout's knee was feeling off in this past Sunday's loss to the Browns, which resulting in him logging a decreased snap share. That he was able to practice in any capacity, however, suggests that it's something Watkins can continue to play through, though ultimately an official 'questionable' designation for Sunday's game against the Packers appears likely.

Dec 15, 2021 2:33 PM EST

Dealing with knee injury

Watkins was limited by a knee injury in Sunday's loss to the Browns, Jonas Shaffer of The Baltimore Sun reports.

Analysis: Watkins failed to haul in either of his two targets Sunday, and he was on the field for just 32 percent of the team's offensive snaps. Coach John Harbaugh revealed Monday that the receiver's knee was "feeling off" during the contest, which led to the limited playing time. It's not yet clear whether the issue will impact his availability for Sunday's game against the Packers.

Dec 13, 2021 11:57 AM EST

Notches first TD of season

Watkins posted four catches (on six targets) for 39 yards and one touchdown during Sunday's 20-19 loss at Pittsburgh.

Analysis: Watkins wasn't even targeted until the Ravens' first offensive play of the second half, and three of his receptions occurred on the team's final possession, including a six-yard score with 12 seconds remaining. Per usual, he's produced mostly misses in his nine appearances this season, with zero TDs prior to Sunday and just two outings with more than 50 yards. Watkins is no better than third in the passing game pecking order in Baltimore behind Mark Andrews and Marquise Brown, which often isn't reliable in a run-heavy scheme.

Dec 5, 2021 6:59 PM EST

Usage drops off Sunday

Watkins caught his lone target for an eight-yard gain against the Browns.

Analysis: The veteran played 43 percent of Baltimore's offensive snaps Sunday as the team's now-healthy receiving corps is causing a playing time bottleneck for the likes of Watkins and rookie Rashod Bateman. Devin Duvernay has maintained his role in the offense since Watkins' return as well, as the second-year man out of Texas also played 43 percent of the snaps Sunday. If Watkins continues to have to compete for snaps in a suddenly crowded receiving corps, it's difficult to expect consistent production from him. Baltimore travels to Pittsburgh to face the Steelers on Sunday.

Nov 30, 2021 2:24 PM EST

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

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