It’s 797 snaps. That’s the amount Sammy Watkins was projected to play in 2017 before he, like most starters, sat out the regular-season finale. The Los Angeles Rams now have to replace those snaps. But it isn’t really about the raw number;cheap nfl jerseys nike it’s about the type of receiver who must make the most of those snaps — a respected, explosive, playmaking vertical threat who can take the top off coverages and open the middle of the field for others.
Watkins provided that for a Rams team that became the first in the Super Bowl era to go from last to first in scoring from one season to the next. He made only 39 catches for 593 yards, but he caught eight touchdown passes, seven of them on plays inside the red zone, and he consistently created separation that helped free fellow receivers such as Robert Woods and Cooper Kupp.
The Rams valued the skill set so much that they were strongly considering utilizing the franchise tag on Watkins before giving it to safety Lamarcus Joyner. Now Watkins is gone, joining the Kansas City Chiefs with a three-year,nfl jerseys nike cheap $48 million contract that was representative of his robust market — and the Rams are scrambling for ways to replace what he provided.
“It’s going to be hard,” Rams coach Sean McVay said, “and that’s something that we’re trying to figure out now. I don’t necessarily think you do that with one player; I think it’ll be kind of by committee.”