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WR Watkins 'frustrated,' but still believes in Rams' offense

WR Watkins 'frustrated,' but still believes in Rams' offense”

When the Los Angeles Rams acquired wide receiver Sammy Watkins in a trade with the Buffalo Bills over the summer, most anticipated that the prolific pass catcher would have a featured role within the team's offense and would provide quarterback Jared Goff with a dependable target all season. Watkins ranks fifth on the Rams this season in pass targets (20) and fourth in catches (14). He made six catches for 106 yards and two touchdowns against the San Francisco 49ers on September 21, then totaled only six targets against the Dallas Cowboys and the Seattle Seahawks in back-to-back weeks. A week earlier, in victory against Dallas, Watkins was targeted only twice and caught one pass for 17 yards. Get the app and get the game.

"As a player, of course you're going to be frustrated", Watkins said. "I know where they're about to be at with Coach (Sean) McVay and his staff, and I just want to be a part and make plays, just score touchdowns and be a part of it". But that's the game.

Does he think it's going to change?

"I don't know", Watkins said, plainly, after Wednesday's practice at Cal Lutheran. For a supposed No. 1 receiver, that's clearly not good production.

It's not entirely Watkins' fault, however. A whopping 108 players in the National Football League have been targeted more than Watkins (20) this season, including 38 running backs and tight ends. "I think he's a special player".

Watkins asserted that he has the playbook "down", but admitted that "sometimes I'm confused" with the looks opposing defenses are giving the Rams.

"It wasn't the player for me", Marrone said on a conference call with L.A. media. "For me, I just want to have fun and ball". Four of those players reside on Watkins' own team: Tyler Higbee (22.3 percent), Cooper Kupp (21.5 percent), Todd Gurley (21.0 percent) and Robert Woods (18.1 percent).

But Watkins expressed some of his frustrations on social media after the Rams' narrow loss by responding to tweets from retired Rams receiver Torry Holt, who questioned why Watkins wasn't more involved. "Sometimes when you don't get your number targeted, it can be a little bit misleading, and what I appreciate about Sammy is I think he took it the right way". "We've obviously chatted about the game and what not".

"Definitely want to try to get him more involved", said Goff, "but by no means are we, or am I, going to change the approach, play in and play out".



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