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Week 2 Outlook
Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Sammy Watkins caught 4-of-8 targets for 96 yards in a 33-27 overtime loss to the Raiders in Week 1.
Watkins led the Ravens in targets and receiving in his first game with the team. He will try to keep it going in Week 2 against the Chiefs. Treat him as a flex play for that matchup.
Per Josh Alper, Baltimore Ravens WR Sammy Watkins has returned to practice after missing time due to an undisclosed injury
Watkins has looked impressive in camp so far this year. With Rashod Bateman and Miles Boykin headed to the injured reserve, his return comes at an important time. Watkins will likely start and be the top wideout alongside Marquise Brown in week 1.
Baltimore Ravens WR Sammy Watkins reportedly looked impressive and emerged as the best wide receiver during minicamp, per beat reporter Jamison Hensley.
The Ravens completely revamped their receiving corps this offseason, signing Watkins to a one-year, $5 million contract to help provide a big, experienced wideout for former MVP quarterback Lamar Jackson to target. The Ravens ranked last in total targets to their wide receivers in 2020, as Jackson targeted Marquise "Hollywood" Brown 100 times but only connected on 58 of the pass attempts, which forced him to distribute 88 targets to tight-end Mark Andrews. Drafting Rashod Bateman and Tylan Wallace in the first round and fourth round of the 2021 NFL Draft adds size, speed, and depth alongside Watkins and Brown. Based on his early performance in Ravens' minicamp, Watkins could be a fantastic late-round value, as his current ADP is 210 with an expert consensus ranking of WR79. He is going largely undrafted and could emerge as a key weapon within Baltimore's passing attack if he continues to build chemistry with Jackson throughout training camp.
The Ravens had trouble recruiting wide receivers this offseason. Sammy Watkins is the one big name they were able to bring in, and he fully expects the offense to transform in 2021. The former Chiefs pass-catcher said that he believes Ravens offensive coordinator Greg Roman, who has drawn criticism for the team's passing game, will move players around and truly open up the offense. It's worth mentioning that the two spent time together with the Buffalo Bills in 2015 and 2016.
Specifically, Watkins said, "I just can’t wait. He’s going to utilize us in so many different ways. He’s got a complex offense. I know the world hasn’t been seeing that yet, but he’s definitely going to open it up this year, run the ball and do, I’m pretty sure, all types of things with this offense.” There has clearly been conversation between Watkins and Roman, and you can't help but wonder if the former's signing with Baltimore was contingent on knowing the team's plans. No matter the scenario, it is refreshing to see that at least one Baltimore receiver has his offensive coordinator's back. The Ravens have had a dynamic offense but lacked an elite passing game, so perhaps there is reason to believe they will take that next step in 2021.
WR Sammy Watkins is signing a one-year, $6 million contract with the Ravens. The deal includes $5 million guaranteed.
Watkins visited both the Ravens and Colts this past week, but ultimately ends up with Baltimore on a one-year deal. The 27-year-old was limited to 10 games in 2020 due to calf injury. He hauled in 37 receptions on 55 targets for 421 yards and two touchdowns for the Chiefs last season. Watkins gives QB Lamar Jackson another target in the Ravens passing game to go along with WR Marquise Brown and TE Mark Andrews. Watkins is currently 77th among all wideouts in the latest expert consensus rankings, but expect that number to rise with the latest news.
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