(Photo by Harry How/Getty Images). Watkins, who began his NFL career with the Bills, is expected to miss an extended period due to a right hamstring injury. The downgrade from Tyrod Taylor to Jared Goff will more than likely inhibit his ability to produce, but if he stays healthy, Watkins is by far the most talented receiver on his new squad. Watkins quietly had a huge season in 12.5 games. On the plus side, the Chiefs apparently believe the severity of the injury could be minor enough that Watkins wouldn’t need to miss three full games for the team. See where Sammy Watkins lined up on the field and how he performed at each spot. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average. Watkins had six catches of 40-plus yards, one fewer than Antonio Brown on less than half the targets. Given his lack of availability this week, it’s clear that Watkins will sit out the team’s upcoming game on Monday night against the Buffalo Bills. Watkins, who began his … He narrowly missed being the ninth rookie to break the 1,000-yard barrier since 2000, but managed a passable 7.7 YPT (22nd among the league's 41 100-target WR) and 15.1 YPC (8th) while playing in the NFL's fifth-least efficient passing offense (6.7 YPA). Kenyan Drake took a garbage-time carry to the house to put up big rushing totals on the night. Watkins had a second surgery in January and sat out voluntary workouts in April before learning the Bills declined to pick up his fifth-year option in May. On the one hand, he scored eight times on 70 targets, the same number of TDs as A.J. The upside of having Watkins back on the field sooner than later trumps any potential of opening up that roster spot, so Brett Veach and the Chiefs have made the right decision here—if indeed Watkins feels pretty good about his ability to come back in relatively short order. Bills ruled out Dawson Knox but are expected to get back Zack Moss. 6 WR.). Watkins put those skills to good use in 2015 when he had seven catches for 40-plus on only 96 targets, easily the league's highest big-play rate. A placement on IR means a player designated must sit out at least that length of time. Partner of iOne Digital / Cassius Network. Watkins was the NFL's most efficient receiver last year - his 10.7 YPT was first among the league's 40 90-target WR, and his 17.5 YPC was second. The 28-year-old, who was one of the best running backs in the NFL during his time with the Pittsburgh Steelers, has to be motivated to get back to his star form since his tenure with the Jets was a disaster from start to finish. The longer the bar, the better their pass defense is. Watkins had foot surgery in May, and while he returned during the preseason, it still adds some risk. Your favorite teams, topics, and players all on your favorite mobile devices. This means the Chiefs might be eyeing their game against the New York Jets in Week 8 as a potential time for a return. But Watkins will see work in the slot and outside and, after restructuring his deal in April, seems to again be the No. This means the team can’t replace him with another player, which keeps things a bit less flexible when it comes to roster management. The Kansas City Chiefs have decided against placing wide receiver Sammy Watkins on the injured reserve list despite the fact that he’s missed practice all … Why the Rams didn't feel the need to get Watkins the ball is unclear, but the Chiefs guaranteed him $30 million this offseason to play opposite Tyreek Hill, so that should change - to an extent. 1’s out of the gate, and few have Watkins’ combination of decent size (6-1, 205), toughness and blazing speed; Watkins’ official NFL Combine time was 4.43, but he unofficially ran a 4.33 and 4.37. At 6-1, 211, Watkins has decent size and blazing speed (4.43 official Combine time, but ran 4.33 and 4.37 unofficially) and is tough and athletic enough to make contested plays anywhere on the field. With his blazing speed - 4.43 40 at the Combine, 4.33 unofficially - and athleticism, he can strike from anywhere. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. The Kansas City Chiefs will be without wideout Sammy Watkins in Week 6 against the Buffalo Bills, per Adam Schefter of ESPN. When he has played, he's been as advertised, a big-play threat with good size, great speed and excellent ball skills. Watkins finally got to play in a credible passing offense, and the results were mixed. With Tyreek Hill and Mecole Hardman around, Watkins won't run many deep routes, and tight end Travis Kelce is Patrick Mahomes' favorite target over the middle. The team and position group ratings only include players that are currently on the roster and not on injured reserve. Just three months later, he found himself a member of the Rams, joining former Bill Robert Woods. 1 NFL receiver. The fourth overall pick in 2014 put up an 11-9-198-3 line in Week 1, but he didn't crack 80 yards or score a touchdown again until he went 10-7-114-1 in the AFC title game win over the Titans. He's probably lost at least half a step due to injuries, but is still only 27. The bars represents the team's percentile rank (based on QB Rating Against). Sammy Watkins WR, Kansas City Chiefs Sammy Watkins hauled in 4-of-7 targets for 43 yards in Kansas City's Week 4 win over New England. Hill was the most explosive receiver in the league last year, and tight end Travis Kelce functions as a co-No. However, KC can’t overlook this Bills team, which has a deadly offense as well with Josh Allen at the controls. And Watkins scored nine TDs, despite only seven looks inside the 20 and four inside the 10. At 6-1, 211, and with 4.43 speed at the 2014 combine, Watkins has the athleticism and agility of a No. The Jets game would mean the losses were minimal during Watkins’ absence. Both the Chiefs and Bills are 4-1 on the season and coming off losses in Week 5. Copyright © ClutchPoints. 1 NFL receiver. Get the latest Sammy Watkins news, photos, rankings, lists and more on Bleacher Report Watkins isn't dependent on red-zone targets for scores, either. The Chiefs also throw to their tailbacks a good deal, so if everyone stays healthy, Watkins' ceiling is relatively modest. Another week, another big game for Travis Fulgham, who continues to take full advantage of his three-down role for the Eagles. Watkins (hamstring) could miss "possibly a couple weeks" due to a hamstring injury sustained during Sunday's loss to the Raiders, © Copyright 2020 - Roto Sports, Inc. All Rights Reserved. If somehow the hamstring injury ends up worse than expected, the Chiefs could see Watkins miss that much time only to have lost an opportunity to stash him on IR for the duration.