Sammy Watkins excited to be part of the Lamar show in Baltimore initially appeared on NBC Sports Washington
When Lamar Jackson reached out to his latest broad receiver weapon Sammy Watkins for the primary time since the 27-year-old free agent signed a one-year deal with the Ravens, Watkins expressed his pleasure to return aboard.
“I kinda talked to (Jackson) like man, ‘That is your present. I simply wish to be part of it. You are a particular expertise and I simply wish to attempt to come right here to assist out so far as making performs, making it simpler on you,'” Watkins instructed media in his introductory press convention on Monday.
Watkins’ reply mirrored his willingness to suit into no matter function the Ravens teaching workers sees for him, even when that is blocking for the run recreation. Nonetheless, Watkins highlighted his capability to enhance a Ravens passing offense that sported the league’s worst yards per recreation.
The previous Clemson star mentioned he believes in Jackson’s potential as a passer and it needs to be on receivers like him to get open to make Jackson an elite quarterback within the passing recreation.
Watkins additionally desires to show he generally is a extra dominant wideout at full well being. Regardless of struggling sprained ankles and pulled hamstrings over a productive profession, Watkins believes he could be as dominant as he was throughout his first few eye-popping seasons in Buffalo, the place Ravens offensive coordinator Greg Roman was to assist draft Watkins fourth total within the 2014 NFL Draft.
Watkins even referenced his “finest instances” as his first two productive seasons within the league, earlier than he fractured his foot in April 2016. In Watkins’ sophomore season, he caught 1,048 yards and 9 touchdowns on 60 receptions with Roman in Buffalo.
“I do know he’ll do a well-done job to ensure the ball not solely will get in my fingers, however Hollywood’s and no matter receivers we draft or no matter receivers are there,” Watkins mentioned.
Together with Roman, Ravens move recreation specialist coach Keith Williams was additionally instrumental in getting Watkins to Baltimore. Watkins praised his former broad receivers coach for his capability to assist various kinds of pass-catchers perceive easy methods to get open, and was satisfied Baltimore was the proper match upon his first go to.
“The vibes, the vitality, the coaches, was wonderful,” Watkins mentioned. “You undergo this seven years within the league and also you simply wish to make it proper. Be someplace the place you’ll be able to spend the subsequent 5 years if all the pieces goes nicely, and I simply wished to play the place it will be enjoyable and I feel Baltimore was an awesome place.
It is a kind of emotions the place you already know it is residence. Wanting in the direction of the long run, I hope I’ve an awesome yr right here and hopefully I can have one other contract and finish my profession there. That is actually the place my mindset was at.”