Friday PM update: Watkins wasn’t able to play in the AFC Championship due to a tweak to his calf the Friday before they faced the Buffalo Bills, per Albert Breer. They will check his calf in warm ups before the game, but he hasn’t had any setbacks and should be good to go.
Friday AM update: Watkins was able to get in a full practice on Friday, but is listed as questionable, per Ian Rapoport. The full practice is a great sign he is ready to go for the big game.
UPDATE (2/3): Watkins was limited in practice on Wednesday, along with Clyde Edwards-Helaire and Le’Veon Bell, per the injury report. All three appear to be on track to play against the Bucs in the Super Bowl.
UPDATE (2/2): Watkins practiced on Monday and said on Tuesday that he’s feeling good and optimistic about playing this Sunday.
“I’m feeling great,” explained Watkins. “I’m still working out with the training staff, Rick (Burkholder), and just going over everything so I can have a chance and possibly go out there and feel 100% or 95 or 85 or whatever I get at by Sunday. But feeling pretty good, very optimistic, having good practices, so hopefully I can go out there and have fun and play.”
UPDATE (1/29): Each Super Bowl team releases a “final” injury report for the bye week in which they provide a status as if the game was happening in two days on Sunday, January 31. Watkins is listed as questionable based on that report. The Chiefs return to practice next week after they arrive in Tampa.
UPDATE (1/28): Watkins was limited in practice on Wednesday and Thursday, per FOX4KC’s Harold Kuntz. He was limited all last week before getting being inactive for the AFC Championship, but he is still expected to be ready for the Super Bowl.
The Kansas City Chiefs will get wide receiver Sammy Watkins back for the Super Bowl, per ESPN’s Dianna Russini. Watkins wasn’t a big factor in his 10 games this season, as he caught 37 passes for 421 yards and two touchdowns. But, he has shown an ability to get up for big games and perform well.
Watkins has played in five playoff games with Patrick Mahomes and has caught 24-of-34 targets for 464 yards and a touchdown. Does that mean he will again come up big in the postseason despite returning from a calf injury? Who knows, but I don’t think we can discount the possibility.
Watkins should again slot into his WR3 spot ahead of Byron Pringle and Demarcus Robinson while Hardman sees WR4 snaps ahead of Pringle and Robinson. With Patrick Mahomes slinging the ball around, he could find any of these receivers in the end zone, but Tyreek Hill and Travis Kelce are the only sure bets for production.