Sammy Watkins ‘frustrated’ but calm about surprisingly small role within Rams’ offense
By Rich Hammond
THOUSAND OAKS — No ego, no demands, no lashing out. Sammy Watkins said all the proper things Wednesday, when asked about his minimal role as a receiver in the Rams’ offense this month.
More troubling was a question Watkins couldn’t answer. Does Watkins, a former 1,000-yard receiver who was expected to be a top target for Jared Goff, see a way to increase his role in the Rams’ offense?
“I don’t know,” Watkins said, plainly, after Wednesday’s practice at Cal Lutheran.
That could be a long-term problem. Watkins ranks fifth on the Rams this season in pass targets (20) and fourth in catches (14). He hit a low point last Sunday against Seattle, when he failed to catch a pass for the first time in his 42-game NFL career.
Watkins took to social media that evening and posted some mild comments, but ones that clearly indicated he was displeased with his role. Soon thereafter, Watkins and Coach Sean McVay met and reviewed game tape, but Watkins didn’t pull back when asked if he felt frustrated.
“As a player, of course you’re going to be frustrated,” Watkins said. “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.”
Watkins was targeted on only four of Goff’s 47 pass attempts against Seattle. A week earlier, in victory against Dallas, Watkins was targeted only twice and caught one pass for 17 yards.
The Rams, as is reasonable, are trying to spread the ball around among targets such as Watkins, Robert Woods, Cooper Kupp, Tavon Austin, Todd Gurley, Gerald Everett and Tyler Higbee, and also not force the ball to a player (Watkins) who regularly draws coverage […]