The Baltimore Ravens entered the offseason course of with one among their main objectives being so as to add a veteran vast receiver to place round younger quarterback Lamar Jackson, with the hopes that it might assist take his recreation, and the staff’s passing offense, to the subsequent stage.
They swung and missed a few instances, most notably on the Pittsburgh Steelers’ JuJu Smith-Schuster, earlier than touchdown on veteran Sammy Watkins, who’s now happening his fourth totally different staff after spending the previous a number of seasons with the Kansas Metropolis Chiefs, who brings Tremendous Bowl expertise to a unit trying to get there themselves.
Watkins sees himself as that piece, and needs to assist that course of alongside. He spoke to reporters yesterday for the primary time since signing with the staff, and amongst different issues, he talked about how excited he’s to play with Jackson.
“I undoubtedly had an important dialog with him and type of talked to him like, ‘man, that is your present. I simply need to be part of it. You’re a particular expertise, and I simply need to come right here and assist out, so far as making performs for you and making it straightforward on you’”, he stated, relaying that Jackson kind of echoed the identical ideas about what they need.
“I can’t wait to work with him”, Watkins added. “It’s actually no knock on him; the blokes should be put into conditions to have enjoyable and go on the market and make performs. I feel Greg [Roman] goes to place him in nice conditions. As a quarterback, you realize the wideouts should do their job. You hear this knock on why guys didn’t go there, or why guys are taken out [and] they run the ball, or they do that, or try this”.
“I simply assume coaches name performs, and gamers should play”, he continued. “They’re going to place us in the very best state of affairs to make these performs. I feel Lamar goes to go on the market and kill it, throw for nevertheless many yards that he’s been doing and scoring touchdowns. I simply need to be part of one thing particular, and I feel we’re going to get the job performed”.
Watkins has put up some numbers earlier than, however he hasn’t had greater than three receiving touchdowns in a season since 2017. He hasn’t hit 700 receiving yards since his second season in 2015 when he reached 1000 yards for the primary and up to now solely time.
The previous first-round choose reportedly signed a one-year deal that’s price $5 million with one other $1 million in incentives. He comes right into a passing offense that ranks among the many backside within the league in makes an attempt and yardage.
He may even be by far the veteran of the group, with the majority of the place helmed by those that have been drafted previously two years; particularly, Marquise Brown, Miles Boykin, Devin Duvernay, and James Proche. Deon Cain can be on their roster.