There is some debate whether or not the Rams made the right move in giving up a second-round pick and E.J. Gaines for Sammy Watkins who has ultimately dealt with injuries and is an expiring contract. However, the Rams may have something along the lines of a superstar in the making the way the numbers stack up.
According to NFL Research and Ian Rapoport who tweeted out what research they came up with. The Rams new wide receiver’s young career stacks up almost identical to top three wide receiver Julio Jones of the Atlanta Falcons. Of course, Julio has the upper-hand, but it’s not by a giant margin and oddly enough both Julio and Watkins have gone through the same injury of the foot. Here is the comparison Rapoport tweeted out.
At one point Julio had fans begging the question if he would last in the NFL as he seemed to be a little injury prone. Hmm. Does that not sound a little bit like how people talk about Sammy Watkins? It definitely does. Watkins has missed 11 games in his young career. Watkins has also been in a run-happy and pass-negligent offense where as Jones has been in a pass-happy and more of a balanced offensive attack. So, now with the Rams and mainly the new coaching staff led by offensive guru Sean McVay, Watkins has a chance to be great and stay great. McVay got the most out of players like Pierre Garcon, DeSean Jackson, Jordan Reed and Jamison Crowder. There should be no doubt at all that McVay can get Watkins’ career rolling again.
Interestingly enough, Watkins joins his former starting teammate from Buffalo, Robert Woods. Watkins is likely going to not only help himself, but others as well. You are talking the possibility of the Rams having Sammy Watkins, Robert Woods, Cooper Kupp, Tavon Austin, Todd Gurley and Gerald Everett as their top six weapons. Jones has had the pleasure of lining up across from Roddy White, but aside from White and even Tony Gonzalez (which was short-lived) Jones arguably hasn’t had the talent around him the Rams could potentially have. Does that mean Watkins could end up having a better career than Julio Jones? Absolutely not, but it leaves a lot of room for excitement and optimism if you are indeed a Rams fan.