A former Packers wide receiver had an interesting quote about his starting quarterback
Former Green Bay Packers wide receiver Sammy Watkins is prepping for the AFC Wild Card round matchup against the Cincinnati Bengals this week. But before the game on Saturday, Watkins is making some headlines from a quote he had on quarterback Lamar Jackson.
While speaking to the media, Watkins was very blunt with how he felt about Jackson missing Saturday’s game as he’s still dealing with an injury. And it may not make Jackson very happy.
He hinted that Jackson’s contract is potentially playing a part in the decision not to play vs. the Bengals.
Here is what Watkins said to Adam Kilgore of the Washington post:
“In this league, everybody is pretty much banged up, hurt,” Watkins said via Pro Football Talk. “I don’t want to speak for him and his situation and whatever he’s going through with the contracts. I don’t know what world he’s in. But for me, you got a chance to do something special. We all know with Lamar Jackson out there, this team is really freaking good, and special things can happen. He can will this team to a Super Bowl. I don’t think he’s thinking about it that way. . . .”
“I think the world is ready to see Lamar back on the field, doing what he do best, and get all the stipulations and contract stuff behind him,” Watkins said. “I pray somebody talks to him like, ‘Man, just sign the deal.’ You know what I mean? And he get out there and hopefully, if . . . he’s healthy, he can just come play this Sunday. We all know that’s up to Lamar and whatever goes on. Hopefully, they get something done. The world wants to see Lamar be a Baltimore Raven for the rest of his life. . . . [T]he world wants to watch Lamar Jackson. That’s a phenom talent, a talent that you rarely come by. Things that he do on the field and things that you see, to be quite honest when he’s out there, he makes everybody play better, just to have him in that huddle. I pray that somebody reach out to him or that he’s really truly getting healthy and can play, that he wake up Thursday and be like, ‘All right, forget it. I’m playing.’ I think that would change the whole trajectory of our season.”
Heck, maybe the rest of the team feels the same as Watkins and he’s just the one that spoke up? We don’t really know. Still, that might be some extra added attention before a really tough game against the Bengals in a do-or-die situation.
Watkins was released by the Packers in late December and quickly signed with Baltimore.