Sammy Watkins has a new look, in addition to a new team

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Sammy Watkins is on his third team in five years, so he’s used to new looks.

But as he reports to his first training camp with the Chiefs, Watkins decided to change something other than his uniform.

Via Brooke Pryor of the Kansas City Star, Watkins decided two weeks ago to cut the long dreadlocks he’s worn since high school, and he’s using it as a symbol of the greater change.

“Kind of just wanted to be different this season and just be about business,” Watkins said. “I’ve had them for 12, 13 years. I’m 25 now. I don’t want to be 40 with dreads. I just decided to cut it.”

Without the hair, he’s going to have to stand out by his play on the field alone.

The Chiefs obviously believe he can, as they gave him a three-year, $48 million deal to come over after his cameo with the Rams. The early returns are good, with coach Andy Reid declaring him “a true pro,” and noting that he’s “all business.”

“I don’t have to come here and be somebody that I’m not,” Watkins said. “I got great guys that are going to make plays. I can feed off of those guys. I don’t have to make every catch and every play. I know if I’m not getting the ball, other guys are going to go out there and score touchdowns.”

As he enters a new offense stocked with other weapons and a new quarterback in Patrick Mahomes, Watkins has a chance to make a considerable impression. But with what they’re paying him, they’re expecting him to make himself known, with or without the hair flying out the back of his helmet.

29 responses to “Sammy Watkins has a new look, in addition to a new team

  1. Wow. Click the link and read the article. Kelce says it’s fitting cuz he’s high character… to not have dread locks? Not a great comment by Travis

  2. Actually he’s a pretty good player. He just hasn’t fulfilled his lofty draft pick. And now he has a mega-deal to live up to. Anything short of a superstar performance will be disappointing.

  3. Dreads or No Dreads. The Chiefs will average 28 a game this season. If they start stepping on the throats of the teams when they are up in games instead of dink & dunk like years past they ‘might’ when a playoff game.

  4. His first two years in Buffalo he had 65 and 60 catches for 982 and 1047 yards. Then his production fell. His production hasn’t seemed to match what people thought his talent level was. Maybe he was over-rated. Who knows. At this point if he doesn’t start showing it on the field he’ll be out of the NFL in a few years and won’t get another chance. I think most of it is probably due to immaturity and lack of work effort. It’s becoming all too common that “immature” describes a lot of WRs. If Watkins doesn’t produce, he can add “unemployed” to his description.

  5. “a three-year, $48 million deal”… for a guy who has yet to prove himself as a WR the NFL. That is mind blowing. That is unBILLeveable!

  6. maf586 says:
    July 27, 2018 at 8:37 am
    Wow. Click the link and read the article. Kelce says it’s fitting cuz he’s high character… to not have dread locks? Not a great comment by Travis

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    If you’re referring to this quote:

    “I definitely had to give him a second look, for sure […] It’s fitting though. He’s a high-character guy, and he just comes in and he goes to work.”

    Then you are reeeeaaaaaaallly reaching, buddy.

  7. Wow. Click the link and read the article. Kelce says it’s fitting cuz he’s high character… to not have dread locks? Not a great comment by Travis

    Yeah or he could be referring to the symbolism of Watkins reasoning behind his cutting the hair, not the actual cutting himself

  8. As someone who will be 40 this year (unfortunately) I now view 25 as being a kid in every which way. Cutting the dreads, because you’re a “grown up person” at 25 now is funny to me. Whatever, anyway, those dreads looked like they weighed 10 pounds anyway – maybe he will be quicker…

  9. I never understood why ball carriers would have long hair for desperate defenders to grab onto.

  10. He looks terrible in the face. Now he needs a nutritionist. He needs to consult Larry Fitzgerald on diet and proper training. That would show me he really means business.

  11. Good for him. He has always been a classy guy, and I will be honest to me any player with hair hanging down like that looks bad to me. I don’t care if your name is Sammy or Clay.

  12. “Dreads or No Dreads. The Chiefs will average 28 a game this season. If they start stepping on the throats of the teams when they are up in games instead of dink & dunk like years past they ‘might’ when a playoff game.”

    So Chiefs fans think its a given that they will make the playoffs? This is the NFL, you never know. Everyone’s record is 0-0

  13. Watkins has had to play catch with Kyle ‘the Sloth’ Orton, Tyrod Taylor & Jared Goff. None of those QBs ever threw for more than 3805 yards in a season (yet). 2 of those QBs will be long forgotten in another 10 years. Goff might be as well.

    Prior to last season, Watkins never played on an NFL team that actually made it to the post season. He was the sole receiving threat on each team he played for except for some guy last year who probably won’t be in the league in another 3-4 years. So he’s always been covered by the best cornerback in every game he’s ever played. (He lit up Marcus Peters in 2015, with Tyrod Taylor thowing to him!)

    Watkins is finally on a conference championship caliber team (2 consecutive years), playing on a loaded offense with a QB who will never be mentioned in the same breath as his 3 previous QBs. It is showtime.

    There’s a base of online commenters who rail against players getting paid for what they have previously accomplished in the league. Those same people also rail against players being paid for their potential. The one thing in common is that the same people complaining actually don’t like any players to get paid.

    Watkins will shine in this offense. It is showtime.

  14. This kid has all the talent in the world and is fast to the point that there is probably only a handful of CB’s in the league that can cover him….he just needs a better work ethic and has to stay healthy….a Bills fan….

  15. We’ll see if Mahomes can get the ball to him. He did make to much of an impression with his previous qb’s. Glad he cut off the dreads though. Be a man, look like a man instead of a punk.

  16. “I don’t want to be 40 with dreads.”

    Same thought I had when i ditched the mullet 25 years ago.

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