Sammy Watkins is now a member of the Packers after several years with the Chiefs and he didn’t hesitate to compare Aaron Rodgers and Patrick Mahomes.
While Sammy Watkins’s NFL career didn’t necessarily start off with the best quarterbacks a wide receiver could ask for, the past four seasons have been solid. He spent 2018-20 with the Kansas City Chiefs, meaning he got to experience the rise of Patrick Mahomes. Then last season was spent with Lamar Jackson and the Baltimore Ravens.
Now, he gets to continue that trend as he’ll suit up with the Green Bay Packers and Aaron Rodgers. And if you ask the former first-round pick about the signal-callers he’s played with, he’s about to catch balls from the best yet.
He was asked about Rodgers recently and had an honest assessment in comparing the reigning back-to-back NFL MVP to Mahomes, namely that the Packers future Hall of Famer is in a tier above the Chiefs’ franchise quarterback.
Sammy Watkins: Aaron Rodgers is on ‘a whole other level’ than Patrick Mahomes
That’s a bold claim to some considering the talent that Mahomes is revered for. But then again, Rodgers has long been a unicorn in the NFL with his ability under center.
Having said that, Watkins’ journeys around the league would make him somewhat more qualified to make this assessment than others. So perhaps there is some merit to his comments and Rodgers really is a cut above Mahomes and, as such, probably every other quarterback in the league.
For this to even be a conversation, though, speaks to how impressive Rodgers has been in his late-30s. The fact that he has a wide receiver — albeit a current teammate who would be wise to hype him up — comparing him to Mahomes, a player entering his prime and who has already won an MVP in his own right, is something to consider as well.
Whether you join Watkins in giving Rodgers the QB crown over Mahomes or lean the other way, though, there’s no denying that they are both in the highest tier of elite quarterbacks in the league today.
Now if only Watkins can stay healthy enough in Green Bay to take advantage of that…