Sammy Watkins, Kansas City Chiefs: MORE SUCCESS
Old team: Los Angeles Rams.
The football world was caught off guard when Buffalo shipped Watkins to the West Coast, but he sure made his time in Los Angeles worthwhile, especially in the red zone. His numbers didn't blow you away (593 receiving yards), but Watkins had eight touchdowns in 2017. In Kansas City, where Travis Kelce, Tyreek Hill and Kareem Hunt will attract a ton of defenders, Watkins gives Patrick Mahomes another target to launch the ball to. There's so much talent on this offense, and a healthy Watkins can bump Andy Reid's play-calling to the next level. That said, Watkins won't see 1,000 yards with all these mouths to feed. 2018 prediction: 900 receiving yards and seven TDs.
Patrick Mahomes (QB – KC)
“There’s a ton of value out there right now, but one player I’ll focus on is Patrick Mahomes. With a lot of good young talent at the QB position right now – Wentz, Goff, Watson, Mariota, Winston, Dak, Trubisky – it’s been a bit easier to acquire one of these guys. The Kansas City offense looks like a dream situation for a young QB to develop with Tyreek Hill, Travis Kelce, Sammy Watkins, and Kareem Hunt as your weapons. With so much talent and Mahomes’ ability to make plays, I really like his long-term prospects and would give up a 2018 2nd round rookie pick, and even a late 1st round pick in a Superflex league.”
– Eric Iannaccone (Dynasty Football Factory)
Last year, his egregious hit on Kansas City's Anthony Sherman during a preseason game — he leveled the running back as he came out of the backfield on a downfield pass play — drew a five-game suspension that was reduced to three games on appeal. In a letter informing Burfict of that decision, the league referred to his history of hits on defenseless players.
Both Jones and McDonald struggled covering tight ends downfield, and Miami’s inability to find a defender who can stick with talents like New England’s Rob Gronkowski, Kansas City’s Travis Kelce and Oakland’s Jared Cook, led to major struggles in 2017. At one point late last season, defensive coordinator Matt Burke said he didn’t have anyone who excelled in that role.
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In short, it won’t surprise me one bit if Williams not only makes the roster, but also steals some snaps on third downs and other passing situations. He’s got a very “Andy Reid offense” skillset, and you can really never have too many talented backs. But I wouldn’t count on much from him as a runner at this point.
Going into the draft, it would be at least a “nice to have” upgrade (arguably a necessity) for the Chiefs to bring in a disruptive interior pass rusher to add more playmakers to go along with Jones and Houston. The entire defense would look better if there is both a fierce interior and outside pass rush for offenses to deal with.