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Sammy Watkins uncertain about his future with Rams

By in Press Enterprise on January 7, 2018

By Rich Hammond

Given the amount of young talent in place, the Rams should enjoy a bright 2018 season, but a few players left the Coliseum on Saturday night uncertain about whether they would return.

Rams cornerback Trumaine Johnson has a six-year history with the team, while receiver Sammy Watkins has been around only since August. They represent two of the biggest decisions in the coming months for the Rams, whose season ended with a 26-13 wild-card round playoff loss to the Atlanta Falcons.

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Watkins is one of eight regular Rams contributors who is set to become an unrestricted free agent, and his situation is the most compelling and perplexing. The Rams traded for Watkins during training camp, ostensibly to be their No. 1 receiver, but then couldn’t seem to figure out how to use him.

Watkins, who had a history of injuries in Buffalo, stayed healthy all season but finished fourth on the Rams in receptions (39) and receiving yards (593). Against the Falcons, Watkins was targeted on only four of Jared Goff’s 45 pass attempts, and caught one pass for 23 yards.

It’s fair to ask if Watkins, who had three or fewer receptions in 12 of his 15 games season, would […]    

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