The splash play against the
Watkins, the fourth pick in the 2014 draft, blocked one defender and shielded teammate
"It's just great to just go out there and show that, 'Hey man, I'm not just this guy that wants the ball 10 times a game. I'm not this first-round, whatever, fourth pick that just can run routes,''' Watkins said Friday. "I can also block, knock guys down. And all-around player."
Watkins, 24, was expected by some to ascend into the No. 1 receiver role after the Rams traded for him during training camp.
But he is fourth on the team with 19 catches for 331 yards and three touchdowns.
"He's continued to respond exactly the right way that we want," coach Sean McVay said. "I know he certainly, like any other receiver, wants to get more touches, but couldn't be more happy and pleased with where he's at and what he's done for our football team right now."
Watkins said he was a good blocker in college at Clemson, and that former
That has continued with the Rams under McVay and receivers coach Eric Yarber.
"When we get in the offensive meeting room or with the team and coaches are highlighting guys making blocks, it's a great feeling because they understand that it's much bigger than you and you're not selfish," Watkins said. "And for me, it's just helped my game out.
"If I'm knocking a dude into the ground, the next guy who's watching film is like, 'Oh!'" Watkins said. "Guys soften up on me and I can have free will to do what I want on game day."
Watkins has helped the Rams to a 6-2 record and the top spot in the
"The more I can do, the more I can help this team, I'm pretty sure the ball will start finding me a little bit more," Watkins said. "The coach is watching. They're watching everything."
So are former Rams stars.
Torry Holt, a receiver who played for St. Louis Rams Super Bowl teams in 1999 and 2001, said Watkins, Woods and