Inside The Bills

Watkins: We’ve got to play smarter

Posted by Chris Brown on December 15, 2015 – 5:10 pm

Time and again when the Bills don’t play smart, sound football they’ve put themselves in compromising positions and in most instances it has cost them victories this season. Sammy Watkins believes the capability of being a consistent, winning team is still there, but it won’t reveal itself without a greater overall commitment to playing with the proper discipline and anticipation.

“Something is there. I think that’s here on this team and we’ve got to just fix the little things and address them,” he said. “We’ve got to fix ourselves and it’s offense, defense collectively. We’ve got to be smarter than what we’ve been. Mistakes are kind of costing us the game. We’ve got to be smart on both sides and know when to hold (back) and avoid penalties. Those things we just can’t have.”

Watkins admits that guys get ticked off with the outcome of games like last Sunday in Philadelphia. The second-year receiver is glad players are mad about losing, but wants to see that anger channeled into something positive.

“Everybody is mad and kind of angry at the same time. Everybody is speaking their mind, but at the end of the day you still have to go out there and make plays,” he said. “You don’t want to get into some peoples’ head. You don’t want to yell at the linemen. They know they need to stop the penalties. The defensive line, we know we have to stop the penalties as a group and make a note of it and stop making penalties that hurt us later in the game.”


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