Inside The Bills

Watkins: we need more leaders

Posted by Chris Brown on December 20, 2015 – 11:12 pm

In the postgame locker room Sunday a dejected Sammy Watkins sat slumped in his seat. His two-touchdown performance rang hollow for him following the loss that eliminated Buffalo from playoff contention. He said he’d rather have five targets, 20 yards and a win. Then came a comment in which he made a public and personal call in one. Watkins believes more leaders on needed in the locker room and is determined to become one of them.

Watkins indicated that the locker room perhaps pays too much attention to what’s said outside the walls of One Bills Drive.

“I believe in the staff and organization that they’re going to fix the problem,” said Watkins. “What we have to understand is that we have to block out all the negativity. At the end of the day, this is our team as players. Forget what goes on the outside, the real world. We have to take over as players. I know the coaches have a job to do, but this is our team, and that’s how we have to treat it.

“We have to have more leaders. Like myself, I have to step up and speak to the team. That’s what I have to do to get over that hump. Once we do that and come together as a complete team and unit, we’ll be alright.”

QB Tyrod Taylor agreed.

“We definitely can’t have division from within,” Taylor said. “We want to go out there and lay it all on the line for each other. The more leaders, the better the team, but it’s going to come gradually. Guys have to find a way to lead in their own way and just hold each other accountable.”


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