Offline within Rams’ offense, Sammy Watkins goes online to express some displeasure
By Rich Hammond
THOUSAND OAKS — Surprisingly, given that he is a millennial, Rams coach Sean McVay doesn’t have a public presence on any of the popular social-media platforms. Sammy Watkins certainly does, though.
Watkins, ostensibly the Rams’ top receiver, took to Twitter on Sunday night, after he didn’t record a single catch in the Rams’ narrow loss to Seattle. Watkins’ brief comments were far from incendiary, but clearly indicated that he hasn’t been pleased with his role in McVay’s offense during the past two games.
That role, basically, has been nonexistent. Watkins, a former 1,000-yard receiver, went without a catch for the first time in his 42-game career and was targeted on only four of Jared Goff’s 47 pass attempts. A week early in Dallas, Watkins was targeted twice and had one catch for 17 yards.
Watkins was only two games removed from an outstanding 106-yard, two-touchdown victory over San Francisco, but apparently that wasn’t soon enough to mollify him.
After Sunday’s game, former Rams receiver Torry Holt posted on Twitter about Watkins’ lack of targets and catches in the past two games. The comment wasn’t directed to Watkins’ account, but he responded by writing, “Something gotta be going on,” and included an emoji of a face with its lips zipped together.
Later, a fan suggested that Watkins’ production would increase if the Rams moved him around the field and gave him more targets, Watkins responded with, “True.”
On the other hand, Watkins also responded to some messages and expressed his support for Goff and said he was happy playing in Los Angeles. Still, the exchanges apparently were enough to warrant a meeting between McVay and Watkins on Monday at the team’s Cal Lutheran headquarters.
Watkins was not available for comment Monday, but McVay pointed out that Watkins was responding to comments, and not actively proclaiming, and McVay indicated […]