This may surprise Green Bay Packers fans more than Kansas City Chiefs supporters, but former wide receiver Sammy Watkins was placed on injured reserve today, Sept. 24.
Watkins could Accumulate 111 reception yards about his first two starts with the Packers before suffered a hamstring injury this will pause him for at least four weeks. Green Bay announced the move in a press release before week 3.
Chiefs WR Corps better or worse than 2019?
Watkins helped the Chiefs win a Super Bowl in 2019, but there’s an argument that Kansas City is building a better wide-receiving corps here in 2022.
The title run definitely had more star power. Tyreek Hill led the group with Watkins as the big-name number two. However, the depth eased off a little after that.
Mecole Hardman was a rookie and Demarcus Robinson laid that on fourth largest yardage thereafter with a young Byron Pringle as the fifth option on the list.
Here is the current space, which in many ways is yet to be determined. JuJu Smith-Schuster is obviously not on Hill’s level, but Marquez Valdes-Scantling matches Watkins – at least – one could argue that MVS has more potential.
Then you have a more experienced Hardman and Justin Watson versus Robinson, which so far looks like a no-brainer. The last cog is Skyy Moore, a Second round draft pick with a much higher cap than Pringle at the time — even if the Chiefs introduce the rookie to the rotation.
After two weeks, you might say I’m crazy, but after a full season, 2022 might be the better supporting cast for Patrick Mahomes.
Chiefs fan urges Skyy Moore to get more snaps
Since we’re “arguing” about Chiefs wide receivers, there’s a better time to revisit Highlight Gunnels weekly column with Arrowhead Pride? In the latest issue of Let’s Argue, the KC analyst offered a hot take that “Marquez Valdes scantling should lose some snaps to Skyy Moore.”
Gunnels didn’t necessarily agree that MVS needs to be replaced, but admitted he would also like to see more of the rookie.
“I’m not sure anyone was more excited about Skyy Moore’s selection than I was,” Gunnels began. “Even though he comes from a small school, Moore passes my eyesight test in the film. He has a quick release, smooth feet and big hands. From a skill standpoint, I have no doubt that Moore is ready. But is he caught up on the playbook? That’s another conversation – and who knows the answer?”
He continued, “What I do know is that he’s far too talented to only get two snaps in a game. I’m not sure if he needs to take snaps of Valdes scantling or someone else – but Moore needs to see the field a lot more often.”
It’s hard to disagree with that thought process, though no one doubts or slams head coach Andy Reid for taking it slow with Moore. He comes from a small school and has missed a good part of organized team activities due to injury.
There’s also good reason to think this Snap stock won’t last forever. Moore was drafted in the second round and general manager Brett Veach didn’t issue him a high enough pick to keep the playmaker on the bench.
Gunnels closed the topic nicely, saying, “I really think unlocking offense will add a whole new dimension that we haven’t seen before. It’s only a matter of time.”
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