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Sammy Watkins: Andy Reid helping to make me a complete WR...

June 27, 2018 08:24AM
Watkins: Andy Reid helping me become complete WR
By Herbie Teope

[www.nfl.com]

Wide receiver Sammy Watkins' acclimation process has gone well since joining the Kansas City Chiefs on a three-year, $48 million free-agent deal in March.

Despite being on a new team, Watkins turned heads during organized team activities and he embraces the opportunity to absorb coach Andy Reid's offensive scheme.

"This offense is the broadest offense I've ever been in," Watkins told reporters on the last day of OTAs, via the Chiefs' official website. "It's definitely a mental challenge, but I think that's what kind of gets me up every day to study the plays and come out here encouraged because anybody can get the ball and I've got to learn all the positions.

"I just can't learn one position. I have to be focused and tuned in, in meetings. You have to do that off-the-field work and stay in your [play] book."

Watkins raises a good point when it comes to Reid's version of the West Coast offense.

Reid's offense typically spreads the ball around, which has contributed to just five wide receivers producing a 1,000-yard receiving effort in a single season between two teams since Reid became a head coach in 1999: Tyreek Hill(2017), Jeremy Maclin (2015), Terrell Owens (2004), Kevin Curtis (2007) and DeSean Jackson, who did it twice (2009-10).

Hill wasn't alone in 2017, as tight end Travis Kelce also topped the mark with 1,038 yards receiving.

With the 6-foot-1, 211-pound Watkins, who possesses 4.43 speed in the 40-yard dash, the Chiefs add another downfield threat and he produced 1,047 yards receiving while with the Buffalo Bills in 2015.

Watkins' production has slipped the past two seasons, but he spent the offseason workout program learning new responsibilities while under Reid's close eye.

"He's helped me in this short amount of time with just being a compete receiver, not just being a, 'Oh, he just runs go-routes,'" Watkins told reporters. "I've got to learn the whole route tree. My standard that he wants, he's called me out in meetings, which that's what you need as a player, and I take full advantage of all those things."

While the offseason workouts are accomplished without pads and no-contact practices, the early returns on Watkins are positive.

"We were moving him everywhere," Reid told reporters on the final day of minicamp two weeks ago, via the team's official website. "He hasn't had to do that in his career; we had him all over the place. I thought he handled it very well."

Should Watkins continue his progression throughout training camp, the Chiefs' offense will give opposing defense plenty to think about in 2018.

Watkins, Hill, Kelce and second-year running back Kareem Hunt are a more than capable set of weapons for quarterback Patrick Mahomes.
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  Sammy Watkins: Andy Reid helping to make me a complete WR...

Rams43627June 27, 2018 08:24AM

  Just a reminder...

Rams43279June 27, 2018 08:28AM

  Re: Just a reminder...

Rampage2K-232June 27, 2018 08:59AM

  Right. Reid can but McVay couldn't.

RockRam201June 27, 2018 11:08AM

  Re: McVay has already explained why....

dzrams130June 27, 2018 04:31PM

  When a vet says he's now focusing on learning the playbook - that's a red flag

promomasterj191June 27, 2018 01:47PM

  he didn't say that though

zn160June 27, 2018 02:35PM

  Here's a direct quote that doesn't sound good to me...

promomasterj124June 28, 2018 11:51AM

  Re: Here's a direct quote that doesn't sound good to me...

zn85June 28, 2018 12:10PM

  Re: Sammy Watkins: Andy Reid helping to make me a complete WR...

no name107June 28, 2018 06:42AM

  Re: he put in the work dude...

spagsbacker103June 28, 2018 06:51AM

  Re: he put in the work dude...

Rams4393June 28, 2018 07:09AM

  Re: not what im saying...

spagsbacker94June 28, 2018 07:47AM

  Re: he put in the work dude...

dzrams82June 28, 2018 10:23AM

  And if Cooks isn't signed..

jemach62July 04, 2018 03:40PM

  Re: Speaking of leverage...

dzrams61July 04, 2018 03:45PM

  Yep...and it gets worse...

jemach60July 05, 2018 05:47AM

  do not get me started

Los Angeles Lenny104July 04, 2018 06:12PM

  Re: And if Cooks isn't signed..

no name65July 10, 2018 06:53AM

  I hope so...

jemach59July 10, 2018 11:34AM

  Re: he put in the work dude...

no name71June 28, 2018 12:09PM

  Re: he put in the work dude...

dzrams72June 28, 2018 12:16PM

  I played for Andy for two years, he is by far the best communicator I have ever met

Los Angeles Lenny254June 28, 2018 10:40AM

  Re: I played for Andy for two years, he is by far the best communicator I have ever met

RamsFanSinceLA142June 28, 2018 11:40AM

  Re: I played for Andy for two years, he is by far the best communicator I have ever met

oldschoolramfan134June 29, 2018 06:32AM

  Don’t feel bad about Holt he was 24 when you were playing him

stlramz135June 30, 2018 06:29PM

  yep

Los Angeles Lenny87July 01, 2018 09:02AM

  Re: I played for Andy for two years, he is by far the best communicator I have ever met

Steve41July 11, 2018 02:44AM

  Blame for Watkins failure with the Rams

Rams_81125July 08, 2018 09:52AM

  Re: Blame for Watkins failure--I agree!

Steve69July 11, 2018 02:50AM

  Re: Sammy Watkins: Andy Reid helping to make me a complete WR...

moklerman83July 11, 2018 09:29PM

  Regardless disagree with coaches approach on boxing in receivers

Rams_8153July 12, 2018 03:06PM