Sammy Watkins justifying his payday in the playoffs

AP

In March 2018, the Chiefs signed wide receiver Sammy Watkins to a three-year, $48 million deal, making him one of the most expensive third wheels in NFL history.

But after the performance he turned in to help them win the AFC Championship Game Sunday, Chiefs General Manager Brett Veach said the expense was easy to justify.

“You don’t make [major] moves to make the playoffs,” Veach said, via Adam Teicher of ESPN.com. “We’ve been a playoff team for years, since we got here. We were in the playoffs [almost] every year. You make moves like that to put you over the top. Without Sammy’s performance today, who knows how this game would have turned out?

“I was happy for Sammy. He’s around a lot of talent, so sometimes he can’t show what he can do.”

Playing alongside Tyreek Hill and Travis Kelce doesn’t necessarily leave much room for playmaking. Watkins had just 52 catches for 673 yards and three touchdowns in the regular season, and that included his 198-yard, three-touchdown outburst against the Jaguars in the regular season opener.

But Sunday against the Titans, he had seven catches for 114 yards, and his 60-yard touchdown from Patrick Mahomes early in the fourth quarter gave them a 35-17 lead, triggering the celebration in Kansas City.

“One of the best decisions I ever made in my life was coming to this team,” Watkins said. “I don’t worry too much about my number [being called]. Like I said, my job is to go out there and fight for my brothers, whether it’s blocking, running routes, catching. It doesn’t matter. As a player, I just go out there and be in the right position at the right time and let Pat deliver the ball.”

And Sunday, he was in exactly the right place, at exactly the right time.

23 responses to “Sammy Watkins justifying his payday in the playoffs

  1. Too bad the Bills could not wait for Sammy’s foot to repair itself. Josh Allen could use a fast and big receiver like Sammy to compliment our bevy of 5′-8 receivers they currently use…

  2. KC has gotta get it done this year because things change once you pay the qb. May not have the luxury of a third receiver at that price.

  3. He’s just happy to be getting paid. He’ll say whatever he needs to justify his next contract; another non-earned brinks truck to his door.

  4. When Alex Smith was quarterback, they had a long stretch of games in which the Chiefs did not throw a TD to any wide receiver. Not surprised that they would spend so much money on a free agent wide receiver.

  5. When you pay 16 million per year for 50 yards per game, 10 games per year obviously you are not happy.

    They are winning so they have better things to be worried about now, but that time will come

  6. Opening day, 9 catches 198yds 3 tds.
    rest of the year 43 catches 475 yds
    Ya he was hurt alot (as usual) still way overpaid!!!

  7. Just look what having a high quality #2 wide receiver,
    a good offensive line, and a REAL tight end does for a quarterback.

    That team is loaded.

  8. One good playoff game justifies a huge contract? Spare me he plays with two other good players too. Cliff Branch manages to do pretty good with Willy B and Casper. Sammy is getting cut in the off-season as well. 21 mil cap number, 14 is saved if he’s cut. They need that money for Mahomes and Jones.

  9. onebuffalove716 says:
    January 21, 2020 at 6:50 am
    He’s not a difference maker. Plenty of wideouts can do what he’s done with that qb and talent in the offense

    Watkins was a difference maker in the AFCCG

  10. californianewton says:
    January 21, 2020 at 8:03 am
    When Alex Smith was quarterback, they had a long stretch of games in which the Chiefs did not throw a TD to any wide receiver. Not surprised that they would spend so much money on a free agent wide receiver.

    Actually, Matt Cassel was the QB when that happened and it was the year before Andy Reid took over. Sammy does what he is paid to do.

  11. It doesn’t really matter what he did all season. We were 12-4 with that production. But if he has another game like he has had the past two years in the AFCCG he would have been worth 30 mil to get the trophy.

  12. The one big difference with KC is that their receivers all adjust routes on the fly and have a knack for looking what Patrick is doing. The rookie that failed to adjust got a virtual ear full from Patrick. This offense is all designed on paper and when the ball is snapped, it is structured chaos. It is fun to watch a well-designed, well-run offense that can adjust from just being a timing offense (which is easy to destroy as a defense).

    I look forward to the adjustments KC will make to the pass rush of the 49ers. Unlike the Rams which changed nothing, I am sure that KC will have several game plan schemes from which to run the offense. And the most impressive thing about Patrick is his ability to quickly find what the defense is doing and adjusting on the fly.

  13. slim2529 says:
    January 21, 2020 at 11:13 am

    Actually, Matt Cassel was the QB when that happened and it was the year before Andy Reid took over. Sammy does what he is paid to do.
    ====

    Actually, it was 2014 when the Chiefs had zero touchdown receptions for any wide receivers. Reid and Smith’s second years with Kansas City.

    Dorsey & Reid rectified that by poaching Maclin too early.

  14. Watkins will agree to restructure his contract so they can reduce the cap space and he can win multiple superbowls or at least be in the playoffs several years in a row. Or he can go to a team like Denver and play for a team that is going to be at best 8-8 for the next 6 years and then retire.

  15. Watkins has helped this team win period. he may be overpaid but that was what they had to do to get what they needed. if KC didn’t have hill or kelce, watkins would probably have over 1000 yards recieving but there record would be 7-9. stats don’t tell the whole story of a players worth

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