Sammy Watkins donned a recent Rams T-shirt and smiled as he walked up the Coliseum tunnel Saturday, however the Rams’ new receiver couldn’t cover the shock he felt to be there.

“Only a complete shock,” Watkins stated concerning the commerce that introduced him to Los Angeles from the Buffalo Payments. “However I’m undoubtedly excited and honored to be right here.”

Lower than forty eight hours earlier, Watkins caught 4 passes, three within the first three performs, in a Payments preseason recreation. Shortly after, he was knowledgeable that he was traded.

“I simply thought I used to be catching scorching,” Watkins stated. “I imply they was concentrating on me fairly fast after which after the sport I used to be like ‘Oh, I in all probability was on the market auditioning.’”

Rams coach Sean McVay expects Watkins, 6 ft 1 and 211 kilos, to offer a a lot-wanted vertical menace for second-yr quarterback Jared Goff. Common supervisor Les Snead stated buying a receiver with measurement and velocity was on the agenda since final spring.

Two hours earlier than the Rams and Dallas Cowboys kicked off in a preseason recreation, Watkins had but to satisfy with McVay and was not sure how he would slot in the offense, however stated he was acquainted with the Washington Redskins’ offense, the place McVay spent the final three seasons because the offensive coordinator, and that he was sure he might be a deep goal.

“I simply really feel like that’s in my recreation,” Watkins stated. “I may be that residence run man.”

Followers cheered Watkins when he was proven on the videoboard standing on the sideline in the course of the fourth quarter.

Watkins, 24, has 153 profession receptions for two,459 yards and 17 touchdowns. He averages sixteen.1 yards per catch.

However he additionally has an damage-riddled historical past that prompted the Payments to say no the fifth-yr choice on his rookie contract. Snead stated the Rams “felt snug” with the danger.

Final season, due to a foot damage, Watkins was restricted to eight video games. He caught 28 passes, two for touchdowns.

Watkins stated Saturday that accidents weren’t a priority.

“The foot factor is out the door,” he stated. “In all probability received to get in slightly bit higher form, however aside from that I’m effective.”

Watkins will reunite with former Payments teammate Robert Woods able group that features Tavon Austin, who has been sidelined due to hamstring damage, Pharoh Cooper, Mike Thomas and rookies Cooper Kupp and Josh Reynolds.

“They received what they want so far as Robert Woods and Tavon and the blokes they drafted,” Watkins stated. “I’m simply right here so as to add to that and simply come right here and have enjoyable and win some video games.”

Residence-area benefit

At occasions, Saturday’s recreation appeared like a return to school for operating again Justin Davis as he broke off a 32-yard run throughout the Coliseum grass.

Davis, a standout at USC, rushed for 70 yards in 9 carries.

However he additionally fumbled twice in a collection and the Cowboys recovered the second fumble.

“Undoubtedly simply needed to undergo some studying pains to get the texture of it as a result of it’s undoubtedly not school,” Davis stated, including, “however each rep I acquired, I received extra snug.”

Davis joined the Rams as an undrafted free agent, a considerably curious selection given the depth on the place with starter Todd Gurley, the acquisition of free agent Lance Dunbar and backups Malcolm Brown and Aaron Inexperienced.

However Davis’ selection has appeared to repay.

Dunbar, who performed 5 seasons with the Cowboys, was sidelined for many offseason exercises and has not participated in coaching camp drills due to a knee damage.

Davis was inserted within the recreation after brief appearances from Gurley and Brown.

Gurley rushed for 2 yards in 4 carries and Brown rushed for 25 yards in 5 carries.

Defensive position

Rams defensive lineman Aaron Donald, a 3-time Professional Bowl choice, continues his holdout for a renegotiated contract.

Fifth-yr professional Michael Brockers, third-yr professional Ethan Westbrooks, and Louis Trinca-Pasat, who was on the follow squad in 2015 and spent final season on the injured reserve, began towards the Cowboys in new defensive coordinator Wade Phillips’ three-four protection.

“It didn’t really feel any totally different,” Brockers stated of the brand new scheme. “We nonetheless attacked, we’re nonetheless getting up the sector, however perhaps we’re a bit rusty.”

The trio helped maintain the Cowboys’ to a 3-and-out within the first two collection.

And so forth.

Kupp caught two passes for 35 yards, together with a 19-yard reception and tight finish Gerald Everett caught two passes for 12 yards.

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