Former Clemson wide receiver Sammy Watkins has already proven himself to be quite the playmaker when the ball is in his hands, but he hasn't been getting much opportunity with his new team in Los Angeles.
Watkins is one of the most highly decorated wide receivers out of college football and was drafted by the Buffalo Bills with the fourth overall pick in the 2014 National Football League (NFL) Draft. In his NFL career Watkins has only surpassed 1,000 yards once, in 2015. The Bills decided not to exercise the fifth year option on Watkins' contract this past offseason, allowing him to test the free agency market.
He would decide to sign with the Los Angeles Rams, meaning he would be hauling in passes from young quarterback Jared Goff. Over the past two weeks of the NFL season, Watkins has caught only one catch for 17 yards.
Watkins recently did an interview with L.A. Daily News to discuss his frustrations with his current role in the offensive scheme (quotes via NFL.com):
"As a player, of course you're going to be frustrated," Watkins said, via the L.A. Daily News. "I don't know a player, a wide receiver, that's not frustrated throughout the game if you're not getting the ball.
"Each week, it could change. They had certain coverage that kind of took me out of the game, and that's part of the game."
Goff said that he definitely wants to get Watkins more involved in what they're doing on the field, but won't change his approach to what he has been doing as of late just to improve Watkins' stats:
"Definitely want to try to get him more involved," Goff said of Watkins, "but by no means are we, or am I, going to change the approach, play in and play out. I'll go through the reads and hopefully he gets more touches."
Watkins will be taking on one of the best secondaries in the league next week in the Jacksonville Jaguars, featuring star cornerbacks Jalen Ramsey and A.J. Bouye:
"Those guys are great players, but leave no doubt, we've got a great room," Watkins said. "We're going to compete. We're going to be open.
"We're going to make plays. For me, it's just to continue to show Jared that I can gain his confidence, to keep getting open and show [coach Sean] McVay that I'm open. Hopefully everything will start working out."
What are your thoughts on Watkins being frustrated with his current role in the Rams' offensive game-plan? Do you think they need to get the ball to their star receiver more? Will things change now that Watkins has made his feelings known public? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below!
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