2018 Colts Possible Free Agent Targets: Wide Receiver Sammy Watkins

NASHVILLE, TN - DECEMBER 24: Wide Receiver Sammy Watkins
NASHVILLE, TN - DECEMBER 24: Wide Receiver Sammy Watkins /

Sammy Watkins had a bit of a disappointing year in Los Angeles, but he may be a solution to the Colts lack of talent at wide receiver.

Sammy Watkins was dealt to the Rams from the Bills in a surprise trade immediately before last season. He only had about a month to learn Sean McVay’s offense before the season began, and his numbers went down a bit as a result.

Watkins caught 39 passes for 593 yards and 8 touchdowns in 2017. However, the Rams’ offense as a whole was one of the best units in the league, and Watkins’ ability to stretch the field may have softened up opposing pass defenses underneath and given Jared Goff some easier passes to Robert Woods and Cooper Kupp.

Watkins is a free agent this year, and he’s a very difficult player to evaluate.

He’s struggled with various injuries throughout his four year NFL career, but his talent is easy to see when he’s healthy.

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Watkins’ first two seasons in the league showed that he had massive upside. He gained over 2,000 yards receiving with 15 touchdowns combined over those two seasons before injuries started to slow him down.

Like fellow free agent wide receiver Allen Robinson, giving Watkins a large contract as a free agent would be an enormous risk. I’d expect someone to give him a one or two-year deal where he’s forced to prove he can stay healthy and produce at the same level as he did during his first two seasons.

Even though the Colts desperately need an infusion of talent at wide receiver, Watkins is a very similar receiver to T.Y. Hilton, so I’m not sure he would be a great fit in Indianapolis.

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