Best known for bringing the thick and powerful wide receiving frame to the field, Sammy Watkins has been of huge significance to all the professional teams he has played for. He is a player with great potentials, the one who would, in a very short time, become one of the most sought-after football receivers of his time.
Sammy Watkins’s skills have fetched him a good number of awards and accolades, two of which were in 2011 when he earned the National Freshman of the year after an outstanding season and in 2014 when he became the season’s Orange Bowl MVP with his 16 receptions and 227 yards Orange Bowl records. With the Kansas City Chiefs, Watkins has also made some significant achievements and he is not resting on his oars until he achieves a career-best. Here are more facts you would love to know about the Chiefs’ WR.
Sammy Watkins Biography
Samuel Benjamin Watkins IV, or simply Sammy Watkins, is a Fort Myers, Florida native, born on June 14, 1993, to Nicole McMiller and Sammy Watkins III. He has an older half-brother Jaylen Watkins who is also a footballer, playing defensive back for the Los Angeles Chargers.
Watkins was a student of South Fort Myers High School based in Fort Myers, Florida, which is where he displaced his skills in three different sports – basketball, track & field and, of course, football. As a footballer, he was named the all-time leading receiver in the entire history of Lee County, after recording 133 total catches for 2,997 and 36 touchdowns. Also in his high school days, he was named a five-star recruit by Rivals.com and was ranked 5th best by Scout.com.
When it was time to become a collegiate, Sammy Watkins chose to commit to Clemson University’s team over offers from Florida, Miami (FL), Michigan, Florida State, and Tennessee. Despite not taking part in Clemson’s spring practice, he made it as the National Freshman of the year after catching 82 passes for 1,219 receiving yards and twelve touchdowns. This also made him the first freshman ever to be an AP All-American in ACC history. He not only was the best in the nation in all-purpose yards, reception yards per game and touchdowns, but Sammy Watkins also won the MVP of the 2014 Orange Bowl award after his Orange Bowl record of 16 receptions for 227 yards.
With the huge success recorded just in the junior season in college, Sammy then decided to forgo his senior season for a chance at the National Football League.
Concussion and Injury Update
Sammy announced his plans to join the 2014 NFL Draft in January 2014 and luckily, he made it in the first round as the 4th overall pick. The same year, his half-brother Jaylen Watkins also made it in the NFL draft with just 97 picks apart. While Jaylen was drafted by the Philadelphia Eagles, Sammy was drafted by Buffalo Bills. Sammy signed his rookie contract of four years, worth $19.94 million, with a signing bonus of $12.8 million. The same season, he caught his first career touchdown reception and finished the 2014 season with 65 receptions on 982 yardages. He also made 6 touchdown passes.
Watkin’s 2015 season wasn’t as successful as the previous season. His first five games of the season were disrupted by a calf injury which kept him away from the field. However, he was able to end the season with 9 touchdown receptions and 60 caught passes for 1,047 yards. Moreso, he was able to set new a career record in receiving yards and touchdowns with his five 100-yard receiving games out of a total 13 games.
Sammy Watkin was also off the field in the early weeks of the 2016 season, this time, it was due to a broken bone in his foot. He then returned to the field on November 26, 2016, prior to Week 12. He became a free agent afterwards and on August 11, 2017, he joined the Los Angeles Ram.
Acting with more force and drive, Sammy Watkin was more than willing to give both his worried fans and new teammates something to talk about. He stepped into the field in high spirit on September 10, 2017, and recorded 5 receptions for 58 yards in a 46–9 victory against the Indianapolis Colts. He even caught a season-long 67-yard reception, that added to his team’s 51–17 win against the New York Giants. However, the talented wide receiver left in the third week of the 2017 season with a concussion. He left the field in a game against the San Francisco 49ers, to be placed into concussion protocol but he returned shortly after to appear in the rest of the games.
Moving forward, Sammy Watkin signed a three-year contract with the Kansas City Chiefs, on March 15, 2018, and he debuted with 3 receptions for 21 yards. On August 6, 2018, he was reported to have a hip injury which hindered his ability to complete his practice. However, the Chiefs officials cleared the air on the possibility of Watkin’s return to the field, saying his hips were being examined only for a precautionary measure and did not pose a significant setback.
Sammy Watkins Career Stats
Despite hitches in his football career by health challenges, Sammy Watkin still recorded an impressive career stats. Between 2014 and 2018, he has recorded 232 total receptions for 3571 receiving yards and 28 receiving touchdowns. He also recorded 61 rushing yards with 7.6 average yard per carry.