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Kansas City Chiefs' Sammy Watkins Sheds Signature Dreadlocks: New Team, New Look

By John Carlo A. Villaruel
on Jul 28, 2018 09:00 PM EDT
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Sammy Watkins hopes that his new look would improve his slumping game as he heads to his first camp with the Kansas City Chiefs.

Watkins, who is on his third team in five years, decided to cut his hair for the first time in over a decade to prove to the league that he is all about business. The elite wide receiver last played for the Los Angeles Rams wherein he tallied 39 passes for 593 yards and eight touchdowns in 15 total games played.

"Kind of just wanted to be different this season and just be about business. I've had them for 12, 13 years. I'm 25 now. I don't want to be 40 with dreads. I just decided to cut it," Watkins said.

Watkins, who played for Clemson, was drafted fourth by the Buffalo Bills in the 2014 National Football League draft. He put up 60-plus passes and completed around the receiving mark of 1,000 yards during his first two seasons with the Bills.

Recent Struggles For Watkins

Watkins has been on a slump lately, as he managed to appear in just eight games during the 2016 season after battling an injury. He was immediately traded to the Rams before the start of last year.

The 25-year-old Watkins is hoping to regain his game back after signing with the Chiefs into a three-year deal worth $48 million. CBS Sports journalist Pete Blackburn believes that Watkins will likely be the target of young Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes.

Darin Gantt of Pro Football Talk added that Watkins has a chance of making an impression with the Chiefs. Gantt reiterated that the Chiefs are expecting Watkins to make a name for himself considering the amount of money the team is paying him.

High Praises From New Coach and Teammates

Head coach Andy Reid has been impressed with Watkins lately, calling the wide receiver a true pro and a guy who means all business. Watkins added that he understands his new role with the Chiefs, citing that he is surrounded with great teammates.

"I don't have to come here and be somebody that I'm not. I got great guys that are going to make plays. I can feed off of those guys. I don't have to make every catch and every play. I know if I'm not getting the ball, other guys are going to go out there and score touchdowns," Watkins expressed.

Teammate Travis Kelce was also surprised with the new look of Watkins. He praised Watkins for being a high-character player who is always ready to come into work.

Photo: Parker Anderson | Flickr

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