When the Los Angeles Rams acquired wide receiver Sammy Watkins in a trade with the Buffalo Bills over the summer, most anticipated that the prolific pass catcher would have a featured role within the team's offense and would provide quarterback Jared Goff with a dependable target all season. Watkins made some noise about the lack of work on Twitter, responding to a tweet from Torry Holt which questioned his workload by saying, "Something gotta be going on".
"As a player, of course you're going to be frustrated", Watkins said.
He's a really important part of our offense and a guy that we do what to get the football to, but by no means do I want to change the way I approach each play and think of it any differently. The receiver insists he's more interested in the numbers in the Rams' win column. He has caught passes on 14 of his 20 targets, a 70-percent rate that is the best of any Rams receiver or tight end this season. He has just 14 catches in five games.
Watkins also says his frustration has nothing to do with the fact that he is up for a new contract this coming offseason. For me, it's just to continue to show Jared that I can gain his confidence, to keep getting open and show [coach Sean] McVay that I'm open. It's a great team. "I really respect the way Sammy handled our conversation, in terms of taking the accountability to know that it's about snap-in and snap-out (readiness), and really the tape is what tells the story".
The solution might not come before the Rams' bye week, given who the Rams are playing. Then, in London, the Rams will face Arizona, which is more porous on pass defense but will present a tough matchup with cornerback Patrick Peterson.
Clearly, Watkins' tenure in Los Angeles hasn't gotten off to a great start. "We're going to compete". We're going to make plays.