Matt LaFleur on Sammy Watkins: I don’t think his game has fallen off at all

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Back in 2017, Packers head coach Matt LaFleur was the Rams’ offensive coordinator when Los Angeles traded for receiver Sammy Watkins.

So LaFleur saw Watkins quickly get integrated into that team, which won the NFC West. Watkins led the Rams that year with eight touchdown receptions before signing a three-year contract with the Chiefs in free agency.

The coach and receiver are now reunited in Green Bay, with Watkins signing a one-year, $4 million deal with the club in April. While Watkins has continued to deal with injuries in the last four seasons and hasn’t caught more than three touchdowns in a year, LaFleur said on Wednesday that he can still see Watkins’ talent on the practice field.

“Obviously, we have history going back to L.A. together. So that definitely gives you a pretty good idea of what he’s capable of doing,” LaFleur said in his press conference. “I still think — I don’t think his game has fallen off at all since we were together in 2017. A little of it has been maybe a little bit lack of opportunity. But I think he’s a guy that’s out there working hard. And he’s going to be a big part of our offense.”

In 13 games for the Ravens last season, Watkins caught 27 passes for 394 yards with one touchdown. In 2017 with the Rams, Watkins had 39 catches for 593 yards with eight scores.

13 responses to “Matt LaFleur on Sammy Watkins: I don’t think his game has fallen off at all

  1. …since College? Look, I love Watkins, but at no point has he lived up to his draft capital. Stinks we feel like we have to hold guys to that

  2. Only exceeded 1000 yards once in his career, and had a whopping 391 yards last year. OK LeFleur, you run with that narrative.

  3. Not a bad investment for $4 million. GB could catch lightning in a bottle.

  4. I wonder what happens when you pair him with a 4 time MVP.

    Guys tend to play harder once they’re carrying the G.

  5. If Watkins wasn’t drafted so high, I would have to think his chances would have dried up by now. His opportunities have just about dried up as he’s now part of the worst WR corps in the NFL. If he can’t make his mark this year, he’s gonna be out of the NFL in 2023.

  6. I don’t think his game has fallen off either. He just never was that good.

  7. It won’t matter who is on the field. Rodgers is better than most at spreading the ball around. It is oftentimes done out of necessity and not design, but so what. It was Rodgers getting it done once (until postseason,) and it was Rodgers getting it done a second time (until postseason,) and it will be Rodgers getting it done again in 2022 (until postseason.) He’ll do just well enough to keep all the other NFCN teams out of contention for years to come. That should be fun. It’ll probably be as good as it gets. It doesn’t matter Rodgers is a selfish liar. He’s a ten-year postseason loser, as well. Change my mind.

  8. toothfairyretributionmanifesto says:
    June 8, 2022 at 4:20 pm
    If Watkins wasn’t drafted so high, I would have to think his chances would have dried up by now. His opportunities have just about dried up as he’s now part of the worst WR corps in the NFL. If he can’t make his mark this year, he’s gonna be out of the NFL in 2023

    Please save this comment and we can review after the season.Lets see how the overall stats look before you make a statement like this.Patriots,Texans,Ravens,Panthers,Jax,Giants,Titans,Bears,Jets,WRs not good and they do not have AR throwing the ball to them.I will make my way too early prediction here.Packers win division again.Have a top 10 offense and a top 10 defense.AR throws for 4000 yds and 30 plus TDs with less than 10 ints.Al of this with the “worst”WRs in the league.
    Teams like Vikings,Raiders,Seahawks,and Dolphins who are supposed to have great WRs do not make playoffs.All about the QB not the WRs.How many SBs did Moss win?The Vikings might have had the best trio of WRs in history when Moss,Carter, and Reed were playing together.No SBs no SB appearances.I look at history with GB…Nelson,Jennings,Driver,Jones and Adams were not 1st rd picks.Not well known high profile players coming out of college even though some were 2nd rd.Had pretty good careers in GB.The other opinion on Watkins is that he played with 2 other MVPs and didn’t do much.Really?One was Lamaar Jackson do not confuse him with AR or Mahomes.MVP for something other than his pure throwing ability.On KC Watkins was not the 1st or 2nd option with Hill and Kelce so his numbers are better than you think they are.Is Watkins going to replace Adams?No.But he can have a productive year in GB.Guessing 60-70 catches and 5-6 TDs if healthy.That is always the question.

  9. His game hasn’t fallen off. In fact, it never really got off the ground.

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