Former Clemson receiver draws praise from NFL coach

Former Clemson receiver draws praise from NFL coach


Former Clemson receiver draws praise from NFL coach


After spending the last three seasons with the Kansas City Chiefs, Sammy Watkins signed a one-year contract with the Baltimore Ravens this offseason.

Watkins has already endeared himself to Ravens quarterbacks coach James Urban, who is a big fan of the former Clemson wide receiver.

“Listen, Sammy … His reputation precedes him arriving here,” Urban said, via Ravens Wire. “He’s a terrific player who’s played at a very high level in this league for a long time. Were it not for some unfortunate injuries, I think his numbers would be way up there.”

Last season, Watkins tallied 37 receptions for 421 yards and two touchdowns. In his seven NFL seasons, the former first-round draft pick (No. 4 overall by the Buffalo Bills in 2014) has accumulated 321 catches for 4,665 yards and 33 receiving touchdowns.

Urban is happy to have a veteran the caliber of Watkins in the Ravens’ receiving corps for Lamar Jackson to throw to.

“So, any time you can involve a player like that and introduce him to what we’re trying to do with our passing game, I think it’s a blessing,” Urban said. “Right now, we’re in the working phase, getting to know Sammy [and] Sammy is getting to know us and our offense. We’ll see how it progresses from there, but we’re working hard at it.”

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