In late May, Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Sammy Watkins explained how he’s feeling like a kid again— ”having fun, shaking and baking and catching balls.”
Watkins appeared healthy and ready to go at OTAs and mandatory minicamp, and NFL Network has even gone as far to say the Chiefs believe he looks “incredible.”
Where the videos get interesting is that Watkins is currently working out with wide receivers coach Keith Williams—a name that might ring a bell.
Williams, who spent some time as a coach at Nebraska, helped Tyreek Hill last offseason leading up to the best season of his career in 2018.
Hill finished fourth in the NFL with 1,479 receiving yards, which I noted in the above article was to be expected. And while Hill’s performance wasn’t all necessarily thanks to Williams, who last coached professionally with the AAF’s San Antonio Commanders, the success he experienced following Williams’ guidance is worth noting.
The Chiefs and Patrick Mahomes may look to heavily target Watkins during the beginning stretch of a 2019 season in which they may not have Hill. And although I don’t believe Watkins will be playing in Hill’s exact position, he will be responsible for making up at least some of the lost production.