Watkins finished with two catches for 79 yards on four targets in Sunday's 27-16 loss to the Bengals.
Analysis: Making his three appearance for the Ravens since being claimed off waivers from the Packers, Watkins made a couple of splash plays and finished the regular-season finale as the team's second-leading receiver behind tight end Isaiah Likely (eight catches for 103 yards). Watkins played 37 of the Ravens' 75 snaps on offense (49 percent) and appears poised to retain a top-three role in the wideout corps in this Sunday's rematch with the Bengals in the wild-card round.
Jan 12, 2023 7:40 AM EST
Watkins failed to record a single target in Sunday's 16-13 loss to the Steelers.
Analysis: Watkins played 22 of the Ravens' 52 offensive snaps Sunday, operating as the team's No. 2 receiver behind Demarcus Robinson. The veteran wideout wasn't able to get involved in the offense with limited opportunities on the field. Watkins will look to be more productive in a Week 18 matchup with the Bengals, though it is unclear if Baltimore will have Lamar Jackson back under center.
Jan 4, 2023 6:22 AM EST
Watkins caught his only target for 40 yards in Saturday's 17-9 win over the Falcons.
Analysis: In his first game with the Ravens, Watkins was only targeted once but his 40-yard reception was the Ravens' biggest play on offense in the contest. The 29-year-old wideout filled in as Baltimore's No. 2 receiver behind Demarcus Robinson with Devin Duvernay (foot) out for the remainder of the season. It's possible Watkins could play a potentially solid role in the Ravens' passing attack, but the team's run-heavy approach will make it hard to trust the veteran down the stretch. Watkins will look to get more involved when the Ravens host the Steelers in Week 17.
Dec 26, 2022 6:43 PM EST
Baltimore head coach John Harbaugh confirmed Thursday that Watkins is likely to play Saturday against the Falcons, Clifton Brown of the Ravens' official site reports. "We're probably going to play him," Harbaugh said. "He looks great. There was some familiarity with the offense, and I'm really, really happy and excited to have him."
Analysis: Watkins isn't returning from an injury and already has prior experience with offensive coordinator Greg Roman's system from their time together in Baltimore last season, so it comes as little surprise that the wideout is on track to have a role Saturday even though he didn't rejoin the Ravens until Tuesday after being poached off waivers from Green Bay. Even if Watkins didn't have prior experience with the system, Baltimore might not have had a choice but to throw him in the fire right away, as an already weak receiver room became even thinner when Devin Duvernay fractured his right foot in Tuesday's practice. With Duvernay now joining Tylan Wallace (hamstring) and Rashod Bateman (foot) on injured reserve, Watkins is set to challenge Demarcus Robinson, DeSean Jackson and James Proche for snaps and targets at receiver.
Dec 22, 2022 1:25 PM EST
The Ravens claimed Watkins off waivers Tuesday, Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports.
Analysis: Watkins disappointed in Baltimore last season and didn't do much for the Packers this year, but he could get some playing time on a Ravens team that's more desperate than ever for wide receivers. Demarcus Robinson and Devin Duvernay have gotten most of the WR snaps recently, with DeSean Jackson and occasionally James Proche getting some run off the bench. It doesn't hurt that Watkins knows the system from his 2021 campaign in Baltimore.
Dec 20, 2022 1:10 PM EST
The Packers are waiving Watkins on Monday, Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports.
Analysis: Watkins' role in Green Bay had been minimal recently, as he failed to record double-digit offensive snaps in either of his last two games. With Christian Watson's emergence and Romeo Doubs set to return from injury for Monday's game against the Rams, it appears the veteran simply no longer had a place on the offense. Through nine appearances this season Watkins has racked up just 13 catches for 206 yards without a touchdown (22 targets).
Dec 19, 2022 9:22 AM EST
Watkins played seven snaps and was not targeted in Sunday's 28-19 victory over the Bears.
Analysis: A key block from Watkins sprung fellow wideout Christian Watson's game-clinching 46-yard touchdown run with just under two minutes to play, but he finished without a reception for a third straight game and without a target for the second time is as many weeks. Watkins finished fifth among Packers wideouts in snaps in Week 13, and he could fall one spot further when the Packers next take the field in Week 15, as another receiver -- Romeo Doubs (ankle) should be ready to get back on the field by then.
Dec 5, 2022 9:15 AM EST
Watkins played four snaps and was not targeted in Sunday's 40-33 loss to the Eagles.
Analysis: Watkins played at least 20 snaps in all seven of the games he appeared in prior to Week 12, but he was nearly eliminated from the game plan Sunday, as the Packers chose to lean on three wideouts and split the rest of Watkins' snaps among the tight end group. Watkins had a productive game or two this season, but it will be tough for him to provide any more help for fantasy players, as the Packers still have a bye on the schedule and have more reason to give snaps to the other five wideouts on the active roster the rest of the way.
Nov 28, 2022 9:00 AM EST
Watkins was targeted twice but did not catch a pass in Thursday's 27-17 loss to the Titans.
Analysis: Watkins made a couple plays in the Packers' Week 10 victory over the Cowboys, but he was a non-factor a few days later. Watson trailed Allen Lazard, Christian Watson and Randall Cobb in snaps Thursday, and as long as those three remain healthy, that will likely turn into a trend.
Nov 18, 2022 7:20 AM EST
Watkins caught all three of his targets for 47 yards in Sunday's 31-28 win over Dallas.
Analysis: Watkins turned in his best performance since Week 2 when he had 93 yards on three receptions. The 2014 first-round pick has struggled to find success with his new club despite Green Bay's desperate need for reliable receivers. Watkins should continue to operate no lower than third on the receiver depth chart while Romeo Doubs (ankle) and Randall Cobb (ankle) are sidelined, but fantasy managers shouldn't expect a whole lot from the veteran against the Titans on Thursday.
Nov 13, 2022 11:39 PM EST
Watkins (knee) doesn't have an injury designation for Sunday's game against the Cowboys, Wes Hodkiewicz of the Packers' official site reports.
Analysis: Watkins sat out Wednesday's practice and took the field only as a limited capacity in sessions Thursday and Friday, but his lack of a designation heading into the Week 10 matchup suggests that his restrictions were mostly for maintenance purposes. Though he's produced only two receptions despite playing more than three-quarters of the Packers' snaps on offense in both of the past two games, Watkins should continue to see plenty of playing time Sunday while Randall Cobb (ankle) remains on injured reserve and with Romeo Doubs (ankle) facing a 4-to-6-week recovery timeline.
Nov 11, 2022 1:13 PM EST
Watkins (knee) was limited at Thursday's practice.
Analysis: One day removed from sitting out due to a knee issue, Watkins was back on the field with a cap on his reps. On Wednesday, coach Matt LaFleur relayed to Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that "bumps and bruises" are partly to blame for Watkins' lacking production over the last three games, which followed an IR stint due to a hamstring injury. While Watkins is trending in the right direction, he still may enter the weekend with a designation for Sunday's game against the Cowboys. If he's available to the Packers, Watkins will be part of the solution with rookie wide receiver Romeo Doubs in line to miss 4-to-6 weeks due to a high-ankle sprain, along with Allen Lazard (shoulder) -- who was limited in both Week 10 sessions so far -- and Christian Watson, among others.
Nov 10, 2022 1:57 PM EST
Watkins didn't practice Wednesday due to a knee injury.
Analysis: Earlier Wednesday, coach Matt LaFleur told Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that Watkins is dealing with some "bumps and bruises," which in part are to blame for his lack of impact in three games since returning from IR. During that span, he's hauled in just four of 10 targets for 48 yards and no touchdowns, despite ranging between 53 and 83 percent of the offensive plays. With a knee injury in tow, Watkins' status will be one to watch as the week continues, especially with all of Allen Lazard (shoulder, limited), Romeo Doubs (ankle, out 4-to-6 weeks) and Christian Watson (concussion protocol, full) showing up on the Packers' first Week 10 practice report.
Nov 9, 2022 2:12 PM EST
Watkins was targeted five times and caught one pass for nine yards in Sunday's 15-9 loss to the Lions.
Analysis: The five targets Watkins drew were a season high, as were the 57 snaps he finished Sunday's contest with. Although he had more opportunities than he garnered in any game previously and drew three looks in the red zone, he still made only a minor mark in the box score. The Packers may need to continue relying on Watkins with a different receiver getting injured seemingly every week, but with totals of four receptions and 48 yards over his last three appearances, fantasy players need not.
Nov 7, 2022 8:10 AM EST
Watkins was targeted once and caught one pass for three yards in Sunday's 27-17 loss to the Bills.
Analysis: Watkins started Sunday's contest and finished a clear second among Packers wideouts with 52 snaps, but after catching a pass on the third play of the game he did not see even one more thrown his direction. He will have a favorable matchup when the Packers travel to Detroit in Week 9, but given that he has racked up only 150 yards in the four games he has appeared in -- with over a third of those coming on one Week 2 reception -- there is not a lot for fantasy players to hang their hats on.
Oct 31, 2022 10:15 AM EST
Watkins (hamstring) doesn't have an injury designation for Sunday's game in Buffalo.
Analysis: Watkins caught two of four targets for 38 yards in his return to the lineup for the Week 7 loss to Washington, and he could see work Sunday night with Allen Lazard (shoulder) unavailable. Watkins and Romeo Doubs are the safest best to take WR snaps for the Packers, but Christian Watson (questionable - hamstring), Samori Toure and Amari Rodgers could also have roles. None is an especially strong fantasy play against one of the top defenses in the NFL.
Oct 28, 2022 1:21 PM EST
Watkins (hamstring) was limited at Thursday's practice, Matt Schneidman of The Athletic reports.
Analysis: The same can be said for rookie second-rounder Christian Watson (hamstring), while top wide receiver Allen Lazard told Ryan Wood of the Green Bay Press-Gazette on Thursday that he likely won't be available Sunday in Buffalo. Assuming Watkins and/or Watson are able to suit up this weekend, they'll join rookie fourth-round pick Romeo Doubs as the primary options at the position for Aaron Rodgers (right thumb).
Oct 27, 2022 1:26 PM EST
Watkins (hamstring) practiced in a limited capacity Wednesday.
Analysis: In his return from a four-game absence this past Sunday at Washington, Watkins mostly was invisible in the Packers' passing game outside of a 28-yard catch on the final do-or-die possession. As such, it's no surprise that he's being listed with the same hamstring injury that forced the absence. Watkins will have two more chances to get back to full before the team potentially hands him a designation for Sunday's visit to Buffalo.
Oct 26, 2022 1:43 PM EST
Watkins (hamstring) brought in two of four targets for 36 yards in the Packers' 23-21 loss to the Commanders on Sunday.
Analysis: The veteran couldn't make much of an impact even with Randall Cobb (IR-ankle) out of action, with his biggest reception (28 yards) coming on Green Bay's last drive on a contested catch. Watkins could play an important role for the struggling Aaron Rodgers during Cobb's multi-game absence, and he'll aim to boost his numbers against his former Bills squad in a Week 8 Sunday night road battle.
Oct 23, 2022 4:12 PM EST
Watkins (hamstring) is active Week 7 against Washington.
Analysis: It has been a quick turnaround for Watkins, who was activated from IR on Saturday and given a questionable tag for the matchup. He'll ultimately end up suiting up for the first time since Week 2, bolstering a wide receiving corps in need of depth following the loss of Randall Cobb (ankle). Still, it wouldn't be surprising to see him working behind Allen Lazard and Romeo Doubs with respect to snap count and targets.
Oct 23, 2022 8:37 AM EST
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