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Quez Watkins does ‘splatter games’ in practice
Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Quez Watkins has “made quite a bit of a splash this spring” and attracted a lot of “buzz from the coaching staff and management,” according to ESPN’s Tim McManus. (Source: ESPN)
Fantastic impact: This isn’t the first time we’ve heard of Watkins’ potential. We saw some production from him in 2021 when he caught 43 passes for 647 yards and a score. With AJ Brown, DeVonta Smith and Dallas Goedert all in tow, it will be difficult for Watkins to see any consistent goals. However, he is certainly competing for an increase in usage with his strong offseason and big upside.
– Andersen Pickard
Highest % of routes executed per abandon #WildCardWeekend (WR)
Ja’Marr Chase 100%
DeVonta Smith 100%
Cooper Kupp 96%
Mike Evans 95%
Jakobi Meyers 93%
Quez Watkins 92%
Amari Cooper 89%
Higgins T Shirt 89%
Nelson Agholor 89%
Diota Johnson 88%
—Andrew Erickson™ (@AndrewErickson_) January 19, 2022
Isaiah is probably impressive as a wide receiver during off-season practices
Baltimore Ravens rookie tight end Isaiah Likely made a name for himself during minicamp. As ESPN’s Jamison Hensley writes, Likely “was the star of the final day of minicamp, when he caught multiple touchdown passes during red-zone drills, including a spectacular one-handed catch.” (Source: ESPN)
Fantastic impact: Not only did Likely draw praise from Hensley, but his teammates took notice as well. Security Tony Jefferson said, “Watch out for this guy. It’s gonna be really good. Meanwhile, quarterback Lamar Jackson remarked, “That was a terrific catch, so the sky’s the limit.” He probably doesn’t have a chance to compete with Mark Andrews for the No. 1 tight end role, but it looks like he has a chance to emerge as a No. 2 option over veteran Nick Boyle and fellow rookie Charlie Kolar.
– Andersen Pickard
Cade Otton favorite to replace Rob Gronkowski in Tampa Bay
Scott Smith of the Buccaneers’ official website writes that rookie tight end Cade Otton is the “best answer” to replace Rob Gronkowski in Tampa Bay. (Source: Boucaniers.com)
Fantastic impact: Gronkowski retired last week, leaving the Bucs with Otton, fellow rookie Ko Kieft and veteran Cameron Brate in tight end position. Although Brate had the most experience among the field, he struggled to produce in the pass-heavy offense, catching just 30 passes for 245 yards and four scores. His best campaign came in 2016 when he totaled 57 catches, 660 yards and eight touchdowns, finishing as a TE8 in PPR. Otto, who is recovering from ankle surgery, brings youth and a new face to the attack. Plus, there’s the “potential for him to be the tight end the Bucs keep on the field the most,” as Smith notes. This positional battle will be crucial to watch in training camp. Depending on how things go, Otton could take the low-end TE2 to the upside.
– Andersen Pickard
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