Chiefs WR Sammy Watkins has a ‘pretty good chance’ of returning vs. Rams
Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Sammy Watkins has had his struggles with injuries in his first campaign with the team missing some action due to a nagging foot injury.
However, head coach Andy Reid has indicated that Watkins could be back in the fold for the huge showdown against the Los Angeles Rams on Monday night in Mexico City, according to BJ Kissel of Chiefs.com.
Andy Reid said that he believes ILB Anthony Hitchens and WR Sammy Watkins have "a pretty good chance" of returning against the Rams.
It helps that the #Chiefs get the extra day off with the game being played on Monday.
— BJ Kissel (@ChiefsReporter) November 12, 2018
Although he has been dealing with some persistent leg injuries, Watkins has missed just one game this season that came this past Sunday against the Arizona Cardinals. He has been productive in his role in the offense being the second receiving option behind Pro Bowl wide receiver Tyreek Hill as he has recorded 39 catches for 515 receiving yards and three touchdowns. Watkins is just two games removed from his best performance since joining the Chiefs where he had eight catches on nine targets for 108 receiving yards and a pair of touchdowns.
The 25-year-old has shown his explosive playmaking ability in the passing game that has added another element to the passing game in one of the league’s most explosive offenses. Kansas City currently ranks fourth in passing and second in scoring with 35.3 points per contest. Although he isn’t quite producing like his three-year, $48 million contract would suggest, his presence has been a major factor in helping his team push forward toward being a legitimate Super Bowl contender.
Watkins could have the chance to play his former team where he had initially hoped to ink a long-term deal to remain with the franchise. There are plenty of motivating factors for him to take the field in what could be a pivotal game that may heavily affect the playoff picture entirely. This is a situation that the Chiefs will continue to monitor closely as the week rolls along.