When the Los Angeles Rams acquired wide receiver Sammy Watkins in a trade with the Buffalo Bills over the summer, most anticipated that the prolific pass catcher would have a featured role within the team’s offense and would provide quarterback Jared Goff with a dependable target all season.
Well, that hasn’t happened just yet. Aside from Los Angeles’ Week 3 win over the San Francisco 49ers in which Watkins caught six passes for 106 yards and two touchdowns, the 24-year-old has had a very quiet season, managing just 14 receptions for 211 yards and those two scores through five games. As you would expect, he isn’t thrilled about his lack of touches.
“As a player, of course you’re going to be frustrated,” said Watkins, who did not catch a single pass during the Rams’ loss to the rival Seattle Seahawks last Sunday, according to Rich Hammond of the Orange County Register. “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.”
Not only did Watkins not record a reception, but he was only targeted four times across Goff’s 47 pass attempts. Goff wants that to change as well.
“Definitely want to try to get him more involved,” said Goff, “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 also says his frustration has nothing to do with the fact that he is up for a new contract this coming offseason.
“No, I think I’ve got enough money,” he said. “I just want to have fun and ball. I want to be a part of this team. It’s a great team. I know where they’re about to be at [in terms of success]. I just want to be a part of it and make plays and score touchdowns.”