Green Bay Packers wide receiver Sammy Watkins has opened up about his time in the NFL and the struggles that he has faced.
To say that Sammy Watkins has struggled when it comes to his time in the NFL might be something of an understatement. Having been selected with the 4th overall pick in the 2014 draft, the first wide receiver off the board, he appeared to have all the makings of a good receiver in the league.
With 3,391 receiving yards and 27 touchdowns during his three years with the Clemson Tigers in college, whilst also boasting a 4.43 40-yard dash time, he came out of the gates flying in the NFL.
In his first two seasons, he put up 2,029 receiving yards and 15 touchdowns in what looked like it was going to be a promising career in the NFL, however things went south quickly after that.
Spiraling into insignificance
Injuries began to take their toll on his body and having been the number one guy on the Bills, he had to settle for lesser roles with other teams around the league as he continued to miss games, moving from the Los Angeles Rams to the Kansas City Chiefs before signing with the Baltimore Ravens last season and the Green Bay Packers back in April.
He did manage to win a Super Bowl with the Chiefs in 2019, but his numbers are far from what they were when he started his career, only once breaking above the 600-yard mark and not getting more than 5 touchdowns since 2017:
And he knows that things haven’t been great for him.
What’s he said?
Speaking in an interview with The Athletic, Watkins talked about his career so far and the struggles that he has faced, but believes that playing with the Packers might provide him with a good opportunity to resurrect his career:
“I think I told the coaches, ‘My back is against the wall’. My career hasn’t been what I projected it to be, and it’s a great opportunity for me to come here, play hard, catch a ton of balls, compete at the highest level and win games and fight to stay healthy. That’s been the knock on my career — to stay on the field.
“I think this is probably one of the best situations I’ve probably ever been in in my career, to play with one of the best quarterbacks in the league, one of the best coaches, one of the best organizations. To get this opportunity is really a blessing because I did nothing last year.”
When playing with someone like Aaron Rodgers, with his 4 MVP awards and countless passing yards and touchdowns, there is arguably no better situation for him to be in this season, it’s whether or not he’ll be healthy enough to help make an impact that’s going to be the challenging bit.