Week 2 may not be wide receiver Sammy Watkins’ revenge game, but Kansas City Chiefs fans know what he is capable of. Will he show his elite potential or fall flat against his former team?
Wow, what a roller coaster it was having Sammy Watkins in Kansas City.
Watkins had an injury-riddled three years with the Kansas City Chiefs, seeing action in 34 games. He still produced, racking up 129 receptions for 1,613 yards and eight touchdowns. Watkins’ was often a highlight player when healthy, including a 2019 performance against the Jacksonville Jaguars, where he hauled in nine catches for 198 yards and three touchdowns.
Do not forget about his role in the 2019 playoffs. Watkins racked up 14 catches for 288 yards, including a huge highlight against Richard Sherman in the Super Bowl and a score that sealed the AFC Championship game.
All in all, the consensus amongst fans is that Watkins is a good player, just not dependable enough for his original price tag.
This led to Kansas City letting Watkins walk following the 2020 season, and he signed with Baltimore on a one-year, $6 million deal. A prove-it contract has gotten harder for Watkins, with the Ravens’ aforementioned injuries hitting wide receiver Hollywood Brown. Watkins’ debut for Baltimore went well, with four catches for 96 yards against the Raiders.
A respectable pace, but Watkins will face a better Chiefs secondary, including the returning safety Tyrann Mathieu.
Watkins has expressed nothing but respect for the Chiefs, before their upcoming matchup. He said the following, according to the Baltimore Ravens:
“I honestly think they already know what type of player I am. It’s not me proving anything to them,” Watkins said Thursday. “I love those guys over there. I had fun. I had my best time winning. I just thinking I’m on the other side now. I just want to go out there, have fun, make big plays and will a win.”
Nevertheless, fans should watch what role Watkins plays on Sunday. Will he take on the WR1 role, with Brown hobbled? Or will Watkins be a non-factor against the Chiefs’ defense? His performance will certainly play an important role this week.