Sammy Watkins recently expressed his frustration over his role on offense for the Los Angeles Rams.
During the preseason, the Los Angeles Rams made a surprising move by acquiring Sammy Watkins through a trade with the Buffalo Bills in a move the team would hopefully payoff when it comes to providing Jared Goff with a reliable deep threat to work with. Sure, the Rams did an amazing job this offseason by providing the second-year quarterback with better weapons to work with including Robert Woods and Cooper Kupp, but none of them compare to the talent level Watkins possesses.
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Despite all of his struggles over the years with the Buffalo Bills, there’s a reason why Watkins was selected in the first round back in 2014 after a phenomenal career at Clemson. Not to mention, just the thought of Watkins quickly developing that chemistry with Goff filled Los Angeles fans with plenty of excitement.
But unfortunately, Watkins has been quiet for the most part on offense for Los Angeles, with his one standout performance coming against the San Francisco 49ers in Week 3. In that game, Watkins was basically unstoppable for the Rams on offense after catching six passes for 106 yards to go along with two touchdowns.
So why exactly has Watkins been so frustrated with his role on offense when seeing what he was capable of against the 49ers? Well, when considering that Watkins only has 20 targets on the season, and seven of them happened to come in that Week 3 game alone, it’s easy to see why the wideout has been feeling the frustration.
Instead of Goff doing whatever it takes to get Watkins the football, the Rams wideout has been used more as a distraction to provide opportunities for the other players on offense. With opponents focusing most of their attention on Watkins, and rightfully so when seeing how dangerous he can be, Goff has been spreading the football around more in the passing game, which has worked for the most part since Los Angeles is off to a 3-2 start.
Obviously, winning football games is the most important factor for the Rams, but at some point, Goff is going to have to realize that Watkins will need to be used more than just as a decoy if this offense is going to continue ranking near the top of the league. Nobody needs to explain to Goff just how much of an advantage having a speedy weapon in Watkins can be, and even though this weekend’s matchup against the talented defense in the Jacksonville Jaguars is a tough one, it’s also the perfect opportunity to finally get Watkins more catches.