3. Quez Watkins Takes a Big Step
There was a lot of positivity regarding Quez Watkins’ progression when he turned 43 receptions into 647 yards and a touchdown in 2022. He didn’t come close to replicating those results last year, finishing with a 33-354-3 stat line despite playing the same number of games (17).
It didn’t help that the ex-Souther Miss product dropped three passes when he only had a trio of drops in his first two seasons combined.
Nevertheless, it’s not time to give up on the 25-year-old just yet. While he won’t overtake A.J. Brown and DeVonta Smith for the top wide receiver spots, he does have the tools to cement himself as the team’s WR3 this fall.
For starters, Watkins’ 2022 campaign wasn’t all bad. After recording an 8-113-1 stat line in the first eight games, he went on to tally 25 catches, 241 yards, and two TDs in the final nine outings.
Assuming that he can build off that second-half performance, I wouldn’t be shocked if he finished with somewhere between 50-60 catches, 650-750 yards, and about four or five touchdowns.
After barely being used in the postseason, I expect Watkins to begin the new season like a man on a mission before producing his best season to date.