Report: Sammy Watkins is expected to play

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Chiefs receiver Sammy Watkins has made one appearance in more than two months. He’ll make another today, reportedly.

Watkins is expected to play on Saturday, according to Adam Schefter of ESPN. The Chiefs had listed Watkins as questionable with the foot injury that derailed the second half of his first season with the team.

The question, if he plays, becomes whether he’ll be 100 percent, whether he’ll be less than 100 percent but fully engaged in the game plan, or whether he’ll simply be a decoy.

For the year, Watkins has 40 catches for 519 yards and three touchdowns. His best games came in Week Eight versus Denver (eight catches, 107 yards, two touchdowns) and Week Two at Pittsburgh (six catches, 100 yards and a 31-yard rushing attempt).

That level of production makes his free-agency contract, which in many ways trumps the deal signed by Odell Beckham Jr. with the Giants, seem questionable. But his presence makes it easier for others on the offense to do damage, forcing defenses to account for both Watkins and Tyreek Hill.

Although the Chiefs have continued to win games without Watkins, the biggest game of the year is coming, against a team that has won 10 of its last 11 games. To beat the Colts, the Chiefs could use Watkins to play, and to play well.

21 responses to “Report: Sammy Watkins is expected to play

  1. I despise the Colts as an organization/ownership but am happy for many of their players, especially Luck. It’s good for football to have a healthy Luck playing and Reich seems like a great fit with this young team. They nailed their draft picks overall too and it’s been quite an impressive turnaround from a 1-5 start. Assuming health, this Colts team should contend for a couple years which is exciting. Outside the team I root for, this is the matchup I’m most interested in watching, should be great.

  2. I’m not holding out for Eric Berry to be good to go, but having Watkins back is huge despite his numbers. I expect him to make a big difference on the field even if he doesn’t catch more than a ball or two. He has to be covered and that means one less man on Kelce/Hill.

  3. “That level of production makes his free-agency contract, which in many ways trumps the deal signed by Odell Beckham Jr. with the Giants, seem questionable”.

    “One appearance in two months”. “40 catches for 519 yds.” This IS Sammy level production! How this guy has fleeced teams is beyond belief. And to think, some Bills fans still lament his departure. He won’t make it through the entire game. Might be too cold for his tender tootsies, or maybe a new wrinkle like a pulled hammy will let him snuggle in his coat on the heated bench. What a waste of $15 Million!

  4. Speedy receivers are like lefty relievers in MLB; you don’t have to be that good to have an (unbelievably good-paying)job. As a Chiefs fan, I would like to see Watkins earn his $$ today.

  5. Has Sammy Watkins ever played a full game in his career? Loads of talent that he has wasted. Every little nick he gets is a possible career ender.

  6. kenberthiaume says:
    January 12, 2019 at 9:28 am
    Game will likely be postponed due to the all out blizzrd today.
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    I saw your “blizzard” this morning on the pre game shows…..In Buffalo we would call that snow flurries…..

  7. unclebluck says:
    January 12, 2019 at 1:11 pm

    kenberthiaume says:
    January 12, 2019 at 9:28 am
    Game will likely be postponed due to the all out blizzrd today.
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    I saw your “blizzard” this morning on the pre game shows…..In Buffalo we would call that snow flurries…..
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    I’m in KC and I agree, it’s no where near blizzard conditions. Plus the field has been tarped and is heated. Game is happening.

  8. If Sammy has a game today like he did against Denver, Hill is going to be wide open on a number of plays.

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