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What You Need to Know:
-Watkins’ 2020 brought up more injury woes. He played 10 games, giving him 14 missed games over the past 3 seasons. He missed time with hamstring and calf injuries in 2020.
-Those issues clearly affected his performance. Watkins posted just 38-434-2 on a high octane Chiefs offense. He forced only 2 missed tackles all year, per Pro Football Focus.
-Once a downfield threat, Watkins managed an average depth of target of just 8.1 yards — a career-low.
-After a strong Week 1 against a bad Houston secondary (7-82-1), Watkins reached double digit PPR points in just 3 of his final 9 regular season games.
-Healthy seasons from Tyreek Hill and Travis Kelce squashed Watkins’ chance of an expanded role.
-A 2020 free agent, Watkins visited with the Colts but ultimately signed with Baltimore in late March. He inked a 1-year deal at $5 million with another $1 million available through incentives.
-In April, Baltimore used a Round 1 pick on Minnesota’s Rashod Bateman and a 4th rounder on Oklahoma State’s Tylan Wallace. Bateman brings polished route-running and a pro-ready game to the Ravens.
-Moving from Patrick Mahomes to Lamar Jackson certainly brings a pure passing downgrade. With Marquise Brown and Mark Andrews already filling the depth chart, targets figure to be scarce here.
-OC Greg Roman returns for his 3rd season in the same role. His offenses ranked last in pass attempts in ’19 and ’20.
Draft Sharks Bottom Line:
Watkins no longer looks like the explosive guy from several years ago. We might be optimistic if he landed in a better spot, but there simply aren’t many targets to go around Baltimore’s passing game.
Unless you’re in a deep best ball league, Watkins is just a watch-list candidate.