Jared Goff, Sammy Watkins hit big play they’ve been trying for all year

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The Rams offensive turnaround has been one of the biggest stories of the 2017 season, but wide receiver Sammy Watkins had been playing a relatively small role in it since being acquired in a trade with the Bills in August.

Watkins had six catches for 106 yards and two touchdowns in Week Three, but only had 12 catches for 158 yards in the other six games the team played before heading into MetLife Stadium to face the Giants on Sunday. Watkins only added one catch to the ledger, but it was the kind of catch that made the Rams go and get him in the first place.

Watkins ran down a 67-yard bomb from Jared Goff for a touchdown in the first half of the 51-17 rout. The connection came on a route Watkins was running full speed for the first time, but was an outcome the club had been hoping to see for some time.

“We feel like we’ve been trying to hit that for a long time,” Goff said, via the Los Angeles Times. “First of hopefully many with him.”

Goff only threw 22 passes on Sunday before being pulled for Sean Mannion and targeted eight different players, so the passing offense doesn’t have to go through Watkins to be successful. When it comes to dropping haymakers on a defense, though, there’s nothing quite like covering the entire field on a pass play and Watkins showed on Sunday that he remains suited to the task.

8 responses to “Jared Goff, Sammy Watkins hit big play they’ve been trying for all year

  1. I have been waiting to see that play all season. It was one aspect that the offence that the Rams had been missing. If they are able to start making those plays, and Gurley keeps running the way he is, this team could be dangerous when the games really count. I’m talking bout Playoffs! Been a long time since we could use the word playoffs and Rams in the same sentence without including the phrase “not making”.I know they are light years ahead of where they were, but I love how they keep pushing for more. Finally exciting football. I have been waiting a long time for this.

  2. Great young coach has motivated our Rams to play up to their potential, and look how long the Giants have been beating up on the Rams, like forever, and now we shoved that ball right down their gullet. Gotta like the young kids in this mix, along with some seriously good vets like Watkins. Reminds me of the Dodger kids who did so well, and actually got to the show, but will be right there in the salivation mix for next season. These are good times now and in the future for this team of enlightened football players. Man, its feeling good, imagine a winning season and then imagine the dour looking Fisher who couldn’t find his arse with a flashlight.

  3. This team is flat out dangerous. The run defense still leaves a little to be desired and the pass defense has some occasional lapses but other than that they are solid. In the next month they have Philly at home and away games at Minnesota and Seattle. We are really going to see what this team is made of with that tough slate.

  4. It will never happen when playing against elite defense like the Vikings. Zim will make Goff change his mind about playing football and see himself playing golf instead.

  5. Cody Laws says:
    November 6, 2017 at 10:42 am

    It will never happen when playing against elite defense like the Vikings. Zim will make Goff change his mind about playing football and see himself playing golf instead.
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    They beat the Jags, whose defense is pretty elite this year. Vikings haven’t played a real offense since they lost to the lions. I’m sorry but anyone can have ‘elite’ defense when 5 of your last 6 games include the Bucs, Bears, Rogers-less Packers, Ravens and Browns. The Vikings are going to get a wake-up call.

  6. Bills fan…I think it was addition by subtraction for us, and Sammy can show off his stuff in a passing offense. He’s better than Beckham…and a team player.

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