Chiefs confident Sammy Watkins, Patrick Mahomes are “starting to sync”

AP

Wide receiver Sammy Watkins hasn’t caught a pass through the team’s first two preseason games and he failed to come back for a Patrick Mahomes pass that could have been a touchdown.

Coach Andy Reid noted that Watkins needs to do a better on plays like that, but he didn’t show much overall concern about how Watkins is fitting into the offense in his first year with the team. Reid said he loves Watkins’ “intensity on learning all the little, small things” and has seen that translate into good things at practice.

Offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy had a similar take and said that he’s seen signs that Watkins and Mahomes are striking up a strong relationship.

“When it’s all said and done, Sammy is doing a heck of a job,” Bieniemy said, via ESPN.com. “He’s doing a great job. He’s accepted the challenge because we’re not just playing him at one position. He’s accepted the challenge of learning all three across the board. We want versatile football players. I know everybody wants to talk about what’s happening on the field on game day, but I will say this: Their communication, their rhythm is starting to sync.”

Mahomes agreed with the coaches about Watkins making strides even if they haven’t shown up in games. That’s easier to sell in preseason than in the regular season, which leaves the Chiefs with a couple of weeks to get everyone in line.

22 responses to “Chiefs confident Sammy Watkins, Patrick Mahomes are “starting to sync”

  1. When Sammy is healthy he has a lot of upside and is virtually uncover-able….hope he can stay healthy….
    A Bills Fan

  2. I am sick of all this Mahomes hype by the media, while they crap on Josh Allen who has a stronger arm and better skillset for the pro game.
    Due to the overhype, my reaction is to root for Mahomes to fail miserably.

  3. But look how FAR he can throw it.
    This isn’t the old punt, pass, and kick game; it’s real football. We’re not going for distance here.

  4. Sammy Watkins, Patrick Mahomes are “starting to sync”
    Play call: You run fast..I throw far!Maybe you and ball travel same distance.
    Gee dawg! we’re starting to sync!
    Patrick Mahomes = JaMarcus Russell

  5. 3 strikes and you’re out Sammy. Underachieved in Buffalo with injuries to different body parts after giving up 2 #1’s to get him. Wasn’t even the primary receiver in L.A.. Hope you’re finally getting it.

  6. Watkins proves that you can’t make it in the NFL on talent alone. You can get the the NFL on talent….but he’s now on his 3rd team, and the Rams had no interest in re-signing him. 2 of his 3 teams were ready to move on from him.

    Real #1s don’t get dealt. Remember when Jerry Rice was traded? How about Julio? How about Antonio Brown?

    Watkins is not a #1 WR.

  7. It’s nice to see the jealousy from the AFC West posters. The Broncos are a dumpster fire with a head coach that is drowning. The Chargers have good players but the QB is about 70. And the Raiders are the Raiders. Posting items about other teams to break the monotony of jail. You wish had either or both Mahomes and Watkins and whatever imagined issue there is

  8. Can’t believe he got paid like he did…I don’t care what he can do when healthy cause he’s always hurt…and even then he’s super overrated, he’s just not that good for that kind of cash..He’s a bust like it or not, you get picked that high you better produce

  9. Mahomes has talent, but until he puts it on the field consistently in regular season games and does big things in the playoffs, I think the hype outstrips whatever talent he has displayed thus far. Accuracy is a problem. Even that highlight reel ball he threw to Tyreek was underthrown (and so was the td ball that sammy missed; both receivers had to come back to get those throws; maybe that’s on the receiver, maybe it’s on the QB, maybe it’s on the coaches for not insisting on crisp route running or doing enough to develop chemistry between qb and receiver).

    Reid’s lack of concern for Sammy’s lack of productivity is typical of the “we’re fine there” approach he has taken to every press conference he has ever held. It doesn’t actually indicate much.

    HOWEVER, all that said, I do think that these guys have a chance to make some noise if they keep working together and don’t get full of themselves too fast. There is talent there. Good things should happen.

  10. 1976SoulPatrol says:

    August 23, 2018 at 10:46 am

    Moby Mahomes 18tds 26ints, guaranteed, massive bust
    ________________________________________________________________________________
    The only massive bust is a guy from Toronto who uses about 50 usernames everyday Joe.

  11. silvernblacksabbath says:
    August 23, 2018 at 11:30 am
    False confidence! Mahomes will throw 20 + picks!
    ————————————-
    Speaking of false confidence, how is Chucky working out?

  12. jredshoes says:
    August 23, 2018 at 11:15 am
    It’s nice to see the jealousy from the AFC West posters. The Broncos are a dumpster fire with a head coach that is drowning. The Chargers have good players but the QB is about 70. And the Raiders are the Raiders. Posting items about other teams to break the monotony of jail. You wish had either or both Mahomes and Watkins and whatever imagined issue there is
    ______________________________

    As a BILLS fan, I can tell you I’m thrilled he’s gone! Sammy will be healthy for 8 of the 16 games. He’ll probably miss 5, leave 2 early cause he’s hurt, and play 2 “while in pain”

    How many catches, yards, and TDs does Sammy have this preseason? 0, 0, and 0

    Didn’t the Chief’s play their starters a full half last game?

  13. Watkins doesn’t have to be great. He just needs to be good enough to pose a threat that must be respected and thus takes heat off of Hill and Kelce. If he’s better than that, it’s a bonus.

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