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Chiefs wide receiver Sammy Watkins coming into his own

Posted at 7:42 PM, Oct 29, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-30 10:45:18-04

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes certainly has a lot of weapons to choose from. One of those is wide receiver Sammy Watkins.

He had a fantastic game on Sunday in the Chiefs' 30-23 home win against the Denver Broncos. Watkins had eight catches for 107 yards and two touchdowns.

It was the first time Watkins had scored a touchdown this season since week three. But, it's clearly evident that Mahomes is beginning to get comfortable with him. Patrick was certainly happy to see Sammy's success.

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"Yeah, I mean, it was really rewarding. I went up to him right before the game. And, I kind of said, 'You owe these guys.' I mean, he kind of was hurting, in the last game, at the very beginning," Mahomes said. "And so, they didn't really know what kind of ability he brought to the offense. So, I was happy for him to get out there, make a lot of really big plays that really changed the tide of the game."

Sammy is also getting comfortable with playing in the offense.

"It just starts from my preparation during the week. I practice fast. I play fast in practice. That kind of translated throughout the week," Watkins said. "I'm healthy and I'm just really going out there and having fun playing. I think that's the biggest part, playing fast and enjoying [things] on Sundays."

Watkins is in his fifth year overall and his first with the Chiefs. While he's still relatively young at 25-years-old, he has been around long enough to mature as a player. He admits that not receiving as many targets as other players may have gotten him upset earlier in his career. Now, his thought process is different.

"I kind of went to the [Los Angeles] Rams. And, it was kind of the same situation. And, that kind of helped my game with blocking and just staying engaged and just giving that fuel out there to other guys that's out there making plays," Watkins said. "I was young and I was kind of ego-tripping. Now, I'm kind of older and understanding that it's a team goal. And, every week, it's gonna change. Next week, Tyreek might have 180 yards. Or, Kelce might have 180 yards. I might have 30. And, it's gonna switch up with all these star athletes running around."


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