When Sammy Watkins got the news that he’d been claimed by the Ravens off waivers, the first thing that ran though his mind was, “I’ve got a job.”
Watkins was released by the Green Bay Packers Monday, hours before their game, in a surprise move. The Ravens scooped him up on the same day that Devin Duvernay suffered a foot injury in practice and was placed on injured reserve.
Now Watkins enters a situation where he could be called upon to make an immediate impact. And given that he’s in his second go-around in Baltimore, he’s already hit the ground running.
“It’s a blessing,” Watkins said. “Being that I already kind of know from being here before, it’s definitely a great feeling. A lot of familiar faces. I’m really just happy to get back to playing football and be on a great team.
“They gave me a call and I was like, ‘Man, anytime I can play football or get a chance to be on that field, I’m going to come out here and play.’ I just thank the organization for giving me that call and giving me an opportunity.”
Watkins caught 27 passes for 394 yards and one touchdown in 13 games played last season in Baltimore. While he didn’t have a high volume of production, he made some critical plays.