Watkins 'frustrated' by reduced role in Rams' offense

Ruben Hill
October 12, 2017

The Rams' receiver has just one catch for 17 yards over the past two weeks. The two disappearing acts came after Watkins blasted off in Week 3 for 106 yards on six receptions.

Combining receptions and carriers, Watkins now ranks as the Rams fifth-leading wide receiver in touches per game with 2.8.

"As a player, of course you're going to be frustrated", Watkins said.

"So, that's the only thing that I voiced and after that, I was happy as hell to get Sammy and you go on". But that's the game.

However, when asked if he saw a way to increase his role in the offence, Watkins replied, "I don't know".

Clearly, Watkins' tenure in Los Angeles hasn't gotten off to a great start. He has just 14 catches in five games. "He will be a good player for us, and these last couple weeks I don't believe are indicative of his production for the rest of the season".

It's not entirely Watkins' fault, however. 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.

"No, I think I've got enough money", Watkins said with a grin.

Watkins asserted that he has the playbook "down", but admitted that "sometimes I'm confused" with the looks opposing defenses are giving the Rams.

"Sometimes they do something totally opposite to what we're looking for", Watkins said. There's not a ideal play out there, so I can't say I'm open. "I just want to have fun and ball".

The Rams, as is reasonable, are trying to spread the ball around among targets such as Watkins, Robert Woods, Cooper Kupp, Tavon Austin, Todd Gurley, Gerald Everett and Tyler Higbee, and also not force the ball to a player (Watkins) who regularly draws coverage from the opponent's top cornerback. He's done a great job of spreading the ball around with four players having more than 200 yards receiving, but that doesn't always bode well for a No. 1 receiver when he's fifth in targets.

Goff is confident he and Watkins will get on the same page, but he's not going to change the way he plays to get the big-play receiver involved more.

"I think Sammy is a really important part of our offense", Goff said. "We've obviously chatted about the game and what not".

"Definitely want to try to get him more involved", Goff said, "but by no means are we, or am I, going to change the approach, play in and play out".

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