Sammy Watkins feels that he can reach full potential with Chiefs

From ESPN - March 16, 2018

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- For all of his size, speed and receiving ability, Sammy Watkins is still waiting for his first monster receiving season. Between injuries, changing teams and other factors, hes been on the brink but never quite there.

Thats something Watkins acknowledged Thursday after signing as a free agent with the Kansas City Chiefs. He said he joined the Chiefs in part because he feels he can best reach his potential playing in an offense coached by Andy Reid and quarterbacked by Patrick Mahomes II.

I just feel like I have more in my tank, Watkins said. I feel like I can get a head start and be my best version of myself.

Watkins will have to share the ball in Kansas City, which already had a strong collection of skill players in tight end Travis Kelce, wide receiver Tyreek Hill and running back Kareem Hunt. But if he stays healthy, Watkins has a shot to beat his career bests.

In his four NFL seasons, Watkins high in catches is 65, set in 2014 when he was a rookie with the Buffalo Bills. He had 1,047 receiving yards for the Bills the next season, and his career high for touchdowns, nine, also happened in 2015.

One reason Watkins feels he can improve, he said, is the presence of Mahomes. The Chiefs traded up last year in the first round to get Mahomes and believe he can be the franchise type of quarterback theyve lacked for years.

Im a young guy, Watkins said. Im only 24 years old. I just feel like me and him can get better together. We can grow together. All the guys we have on this team, we can grow. Its a young team.

I just know hes a great player. He didnt go in the first round for no reason.


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