"Just being in LA can help me out," new Rams wide receiver Sammy Watkins said, speaking to reporters for the first time in Los Angeles after getting traded from Buffalo. "Nice city. Nice weather. And just to be in this city with the players, just trying to chase a goal and win a championship and go to the playoffs. It's a blessing to be here, to be on real grass eight or nine games out of the year."
Watkins' occasionally injured legs will benefit from the Coliseum grass, and the Rams intend to benefit greatly from Watkins' speed and skill. He is expected to provide the deep threat that was among many things lacking for Los Angeles last season, when the Rams had the NFL's worst offense for the second straight year.
Watkins' home games may be on grass now, and theoretically, that could give his lower body a better chance of staying healthy (I suppose); however, we see his move to L.A. as a big downgrade in offense and quarterbacks. Watkins was among our top-15 receivers before the trade. It will be a battle now, we project, for him to be a WR2 this season. Artificial versus natural surface aside, Watkins still has also missed 11 games in the last two years. Watkins is fantastic...when he plays. In 21 games over the last two seasons, he has averaged 4.2 catches for 70 yards and 0.52 touchdowns per game, but his questionable foot make him a boom/bust pick.