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Author: Jon Kuzma
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From a talent standpoint Sammy Watkins has always had the tools be a great wide receiver. Buffalo took him with the 4th overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft so from the very beginning his potential was off the charts.
Yet it’s taken Watkins six years until he’s looked completely dominant. Sure his 1,047 yard season in 2015 was a high point but he never looked as good as he did last Sunday against the Jacksonville Jaguars. In the first game of 2019 Watkins hauled in 198 yards and 3 touchdowns in what would go on to be a 40-26 win for the Chiefs. Two things are really helping Watkins turn his career around and the first is playing in Andy Reid’s system. Reid is great at designing plays and he can matchup Watkins skill set with the perfect routes (Like the slant he took 68 yards to the house on Jacksonville). The other key factor is obviously Patrick Mahomes and how effortlessly he can deliver the football. With Tyreek Hill out of action with a sternoclavicular injury Watkin’s emergence couldn’t have come at a better time. This group can still put up 40 points per game and they’ll be even more dangerous when Hill returns.
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Sammy Watkins is resurrecting his career in his sixth season.