Watkins caught seven of eight targets for 62 yards in Monday night's 34-20 win over the Ravens.
Watkins regularly helped Kansas City move the sticks, leading the team in both receptions and targets in his return from concussion protocol. The wideout also came close to his second touchdown of the season, but was pulled down at the two-yard line following a fourth-quarter catch. After just one grab in an injury-shortened Week 2 outing, Watkins bounced back well with his performance Monday, giving him decent momentum ahead of Week 4's game versus the Patriots.
Watkins (concussion/neck) is listed as active Monday at Baltimore, Matt McMullen of the Chiefs' official site reports.
Watkins has worked his way through the concussion protocol in a little more than a week, but his neck injury was the issue that potentially threatened his availability for Week 3. There's a chance the Chiefs limit his snap count as a result, which could mean more opportunity for Demarcus Robinson and Mecole Hardman alongside top wide receiver Tyreek Hill. Through two games, Watkins has yet to record a catch of greater than 20 yards on his way to eight receptions (on 12 targets) for 93 yards and one touchdown.
Watkins (concussion/neck) is listed as questionable for Monday's contest against the Ravens, Adam Teicher of ESPN.com reports.
Watkins practiced for a second straight day, this time in full capacity, so it certainly seems as if the veteran wideout's status is trending in a positive direction ahead of Monday's major tilt. Watkins was a critical piece in the Chiefs' passing attack last year against the Ravens, piling together five receptions on eight targets for 64 yards, although that production came during the absence of Tyreek Hill, who faces no such limitations in the 2020 version of this high-profile contest.
Watkins (concussion/neck) was a limited practice participant Friday.
With the Chiefs taking the field for Monday Night Football in Week 3, Watkins has a bit more time to work his way through the concussion that he suffered this past Sunday versus the Chargers. His ability to practice in some capacity is a decent sign that he's progressing through the protocol for head injuries, in addition to a neck issue. Saturday's injury report will shed some light on Watkins' potential to return for Monday's showdown at Baltimore.
Watkins, who is in the NFL's concussion protocol, won't practice Thursday, Pete Sweeney of ArrowheadPride.com reports.
That said, coach Andy Reid suggested that Watkins' issue is more in his neck area, so it seems as though the wideout has a decent chance to progress through the protocol in advance of Monday night's game against the Ravens.
Watkins caught one of three targets for 11 yards before being knocked out of Sunday's 23-20 overtime win over the Chargers after taking a hit to the head, Adam Teicher of ESPN NFL Nation reports.
Coach Andy Reid was displeased with the hit in his post-game press conference, describing it as questionable. Expect more information on the severity of Watkins' injury and whether he needs to go through concussion protocol to surface in the coming days as the Chiefs turn their attention to preparing for a Week 3 trip to Baltimore.
Watkins brought in seven of nine targets for 82 yards and a touchdown and rushed once for three yards in the Chiefs' 34-20 win over the Texans on Thursday.
There must be something about season openers that brings out the best in the veteran receiver, as Watkins led the potent Chiefs pass-catching corps in Week 1 for the second consecutive year. The veteran wideout famously exploded for a 9-198-3 line against the Jaguars in last season's first contest, and although Thursday's totals were nowhere near as prolific, Watkins still set the pace for Kansas City in receptions, receiving yards, yards per catch and targets for the night. Watkins will look to carry over his momentum into a Week 2 divisional road showdown against the Chargers on Sunday, Sept. 20.
Watkins (groin) doesn't have a designation on the Chiefs' first injury report of Week 1.
Watkins tended to a groin strain during training camp, but it didn't follow him into the first practice of the regular season. Seemingly a boom-or-bust option in the Chiefs' aerial display, he's coming off a campaign in which he posted 75-plus yards in four games while falling short of 50 yards nine times in 17 games (including playoffs).
Watkins (groin) was present for Friday's practice, Adam Teicher of ESPN.com reports.
Watkins, who had been nursing what coach Andy Reid referred to as a "slight" groin strain, returned to work on a limited basis Friday, but his participation, in any capacity, is nonetheless good news for the team's pass-catching corps, with top option Tyreek Hill day-to-day with a hamstring injury.
Watkins (groin) missed another practice Thursday, Adam Teicher of ESPN.com reports.
Watkins has been held off the field since at least Sunday, nursing what coach Andy Reid referred to as a "slight" groin strain. The 27-year-old wideout has three weeks to get healthy before the Chiefs are scheduled to kick off the 2020 season against the Texans on Sept. 10.
Watkins didn't practice Sunday due to a strained groin, Nate Taylor of The Athletic reports.
Coach Andy Reid called the strain "slight," but the news isn't encouraging for the oft-injured Watkins. Through six NFL seasons, Watkins has played a full slate of games just one time while missing an average of 3.3 contests per campaign. At least the current injury is hindering the 27-year-old wide receiver during training camp and not the regular season, leaving him plenty of time to get healthy for Week 1.
Watkins and Kansas City agreed Friday to a one-year, $9 million contract with up to an additional $7 million in incentives, Yahoo! Sports' Terez A. Paylor reports.
Watkins would have counted $21 million against Kansas City's cap space under the original deal, which was signed in the last of its three years. There's probably something to infer from the fact that the Chiefs didn't extend Watkins -- he simply took a paycut on his one remaining year -- but with this restructured deal he's all but guaranteed to start in Kansas City another year. If he retains the same role as he did in 2019, Watkins would likely serve as the Chiefs' primary slot and underneath wideout target. It's a development that will likely delay the proper breakout of second-year wideout Mecole Hardman.
Watkins, who is slated to count $21 million against the Chiefs' salary cap this coming season, is a candidate to have his deal restructured, Herbie Teope of the Kansas City Star reports.
To that end, GM Brett Veach indicated Tuesday that the team plans to meet with the wideout's agent this week to discuss his existing contract. Per Veach, Watkins is a player the Chiefs wish to retain, but given the terms of the third and final year of his deal with the team, some sort of restructuring is clearly in order to make that a reality. Watkins' regular season line (52/673/3 through 14 games) wasn't special, but the 26-year-old was a key cog in both the AFC Championship game and Super Bowl LIV, producing 12 catches for 212 yards and a TD over those two Kansas City wins.
Watkins confirmed that he plans to play football in 2020, but he acknowledged that his future with the Chiefs is uncertain, SiriusXM NFL Radio reports. "I need some down time," Watkins said. "I'm gonna talk to coach Reid about it. I don't control the contracts, or the trade, or if they're gonna give me a better contract."
Watkins said he's focused on his physical health, mental health and family, perhaps hinting that he could miss a portion of the offseason program to focus on more important aspects of life. It isn't entirely clear that it would be the Chiefs' offseason program rather than another team's, as Watkins is scheduled for a non-guaranteed $14 million base salary in the final season of a three-year contract. It's a hefty price for someone who averaged 4.2 targets over the final six games of the 2019 regular season, but a fair price for a guy with 464 receiving yards in his five playoff games for the Chiefs. A contract extension that lowers his 2020 cap hit might work for both parties, with Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reporting that the Chiefs are hopeful they can find a way to retain Watkins.
The Chiefs hope to retain Watkins for 2020, though his $14 million salary could make it difficult, Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports.
The Chiefs will absorb a $7 million cap hit if Watkins is traded or released, compared to $21 million if he's retained under the current terms of his contract. The two sides could discuss a pay cut or an extension to lower his 2020 cap charge, with the latter presumably a more attractive option for the 26-year-old wide receiver. Watkins recently said he enjoys playing for the Chiefs, even though he's turned in modest averages of 6.0 targets and 49.7 receiving yards in 24 regular-season games with the team. He's been much more productive in five playoff appearances, however, averaging 4.8 catches for 92.8 yards on 6.8 targets, including a 5-98-0 receiving line in the Super Bowl LIV win over San Francisco. Prior to the game, Watkins said he would consider different options for the 2020 campaign, even mentioning that he could sit out for a season, though it wasn't clear if he was being serious. Fellow wideout Demarcus Robinson can become an unrestricted free agent in March, while 21-year-old Mecole Hardman should be ready for a larger role in his second pro season.
Watkins secured five of six targets for 98 yards during the Chiefs' 31-20 win over the 49ers in Super Bowl LIV on Sunday.
Watkins was behind only to teammate Tyreek Hill in receiving yardage for the night, with the veteran wideout making several key catches throughout the contest. None was bigger than a 38-yard grab on 2nd-and-7 from the 49ers' 48 yard-line on the Chiefs' go-ahead scoring drive in the fourth quarter, a play that was followed by Damien Williams' five-yard touchdown grab one minute later. Watkins finished the regular season with a 52-673-3 line through 14 games, with his reception tally qualifying as his highest since 2015. The 26-year-old is signed through next season, but he'd carry a cap hit of $21 million that is likely to force a restructure or even potential parting of the ways.
Watkins suggested Thursday that he's considering different options with regard to the 2020 NFL season, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
The wideout is under contract with the Chiefs through next season and his options include playing through the deal, renegotiating it, or in Watkins' words, "if we win (Sunday's Super Bowl), I might chill out. I might sit out a year. You just never know." With that in mind, the 2014 first-rounder remains poised to play in big role in his team's offense this weekend, on the heels of catching seven of his 10 targets for 114 yards and a TD in Kansas City's win over the Titans in the AFC Championship Game, back on Jan. 19.
Watkins caught seven of 10 targets for 114 yards and a touchdown during Sunday's 35-24 win over the Titans in the AFC Championship Game.
Watkins led the Chiefs in targets, catches and receiving yards as he finished averaging a healthy 16.3 yards per catch. The majority of his production came on a beautiful 60-yard touchdown to put the game out of reach in the third quarter. Watkins has been excellent in two postseason games, totaling 204 scrimmage yards on 10 touches to help his team reach the Super Bowl. He's not guaranteed to show up with big production against the 49ers or the Packers, but he could certainly make an impact if the opponent focuses on taking away the team's other key weapons.
Watkins caught both of his targets for 76 receiving yards and ran for 14 yards on his only rush attempt during Sunday's 51-31 divisional-round win against the Texans.
The 2014 No. 4 overall draft choice made some notable contributions during his fourth career postseason appearance Sunday, corralling Patrick Mahomes passes of 48 and 28 yards as Kansas City punished Houston's defense for jumping offside in each instance. When also taking into account his 14-yard rush, the explosive Watkins accounted for 30 scrimmage yards per touch against the Texans after picking up just 10.3 yards per play Weeks 5 through 17. Though liable to break off an enormous gain any time he touches the ball, Watkins has commanded just 3.3 targets per game since Week 15 and has yet to reach the end zone since scoring three times in the season opener against Jacksonville.
Watkins caught one of two targets for eight yards during Sunday's 31-21 win over the Chargers.
Watkins' two targets marked a season low during a peculiar game in which the Chiefs didn't really get going through the air, but benefited from a long kick return TD and a healthy running game. Despite a monster opener and more targets than he'd had since 2015, Watkins set a career low at 12.9 yards per catch and managed three or fewer touchdowns for the third time in his last four seasons. All three of his touchdowns came in Week 1. After the Chiefs' first-round bye comes a matchup against the Patriots, Texans or Bills. Watkins caught four of eight passes for 50 yards in Week 14's showdown with New England.
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