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Watkins: Vanilla or not we’ve got to win

Posted by Chris Brown on August 13, 2015 – 10:32 am

The Bills coaching staff and the players have all said that fans should expect to see some basic play calling on offense and defense in the team’s first preseason game Friday against Carolina. But Sammy Watkins believes vanilla offense or not the team still needs to win their matchups.

“It means a lot to this organization just to see what kind of team and coaches we got,” Watkins said. “Pretty sure we won’t be showing everything and I’m pretty sure the team won’t be showing everything, so it’s gonna be kind of vanilla and basic. But that’s when it shows up, you’ve got to beat the guys in front of you.”


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The overlooked asset of Watkins’ game

Posted by Chris Brown on August 12, 2015 – 12:32 pm

Whether you ask a scout, a coach, a teammate or a fan about the strengths of Sammy Watkins’ skill set you’re bound to get a different answer from each of them. That’s because Watkins’ talents are so diverse. There is one particular part of Watkins’ game however that is rarely mentioned.

Most of the time you hear about Watkins’ route running, his speed, his hands, his leaping ability, his strength, his competitive nature or his work ethic. But QB Matt Cassel mentioned one trait in Watkins’ game that sometimes is overlooked.

“I think it’s his acceleration,” said Cassel when asked what stands out about Watkins’ game. “It is quite impressive to be honest with you. The stop and start is quite explosive and probably one of the best I have been around in terms of when he puts his foot in the ground he explodes off that ball there is instant acceleration and that is really impressive.”

Rest assured cornerbacks are aware of Watkins ability to not only get to top speed quickly, but to get in and out of a break and be at top speed in a matter of two steps. Suffice to say it’s a rare quality for even the top NFL receivers.


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Watkins proves a quick study

Posted by Chris Brown on August 11, 2015 – 7:24 am

Bills WR Sammy Watkins is always eager to learn more about the NFL game, which is part of why he has enjoyed the coaching of receivers coach Sanjay Lal. Lal cuts the responsibilities of the receiver position to the finest details. Watkins has very quickly applied some of those details to his game and it made a difference in Monday’s practice.

On Watkins route against Ronald Darby in the two minute drill that resulted in a 44-yard touchdown catch there was a subtle move that may not have been noticed by most who watched the play. But after stemming his route up the field, when Darby turned to run with him he was stride for stride down the sideline. Watkins then tucked his inside shoulder, gave Darby the slightest of bumps and then flared his route outside, where Matt Cassel hit him in stride, while Darby tried to close the space Watkins just created for himself.

“It is one of those things you start to repeat,” said Cassel of his throw and Watkins catch. “If you guys saw the route, it was just as impressive of a route because he went and stacked the guy and leaned into him used his big body, left me room on the outside. Those are all technique things that the coaches have done a tremendous job of coaching him up. Then taking that coaching out onto the field. And that is what we want to see this time of year.”

Coaches often say that NFL players make their biggest jump from year one to year two of their careers. Watkins looked poised to be one of those players.


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Watkins: We can definitely learn from this

Posted by Chris Brown on August 8, 2015 – 11:19 pm

Buffalo’s offense had some big plays Saturday night, but they also had some miscues. As Sammy Watkins saw it they’ve got plenty of things to correct heading into Monday’s practice.

“I mean we’re all grown men, we know the plays but for the most part we’re going against a great defense and great defensive coaches so you’ve got to look at our defensive line, the things that they can do and those are guys that we know how to play with,” said Watkins. “Miami’s got those types of guys and our offensive line’s got to fix the problems, we’ve got to fix our problems and we’ve got to play better.

“Everything we did, we took ourselves back. Everything that we did on the first play, you got a fumble, loss of yards. So those things that we can correct, I mean, we can learn from it and go watch some film and fix it.”

 

 


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Sammy sits due to soreness in hip

Posted by Chris Brown on August 6, 2015 – 3:15 pm

Bills WR Sammy Watkins walked slowly off the field after the first set of 11-on-11 work at Thursday’s practice. For him he just didn’t feel right. Head coach Rex Ryan knowing it’s just the first week of training camp chose to sit him the rest of practice.

“I was sore right before that,” said Watkins of how he felt before being pulled. “I played and just wanted to get out there and compete, but I figured I didn’t have the burst or speed and I’m kind of sore, so I figured why not sit out a day rather than grinding and create an injury or get hurt. It’s only the second week so coach was smart about it taking me out.”

Watkins is returning from offseason hip surgery and knows there are going to be days where he has to push through some of the soreness and stiffness associated with returning from that kind of procedure. But if resting it a day can make all the difference he’s going to do it knowing it’ll benefit him in the long run.

He’s hoping to be back practicing Friday.

“I should be. I don’t know with the evalution what the coaches are going to do with the (athletic training) staff,” he said. “Hopefully I do (practice). I’m not hurt and nothing is painful. It’s just soreness from the injury. Certain days you’ve got to take off. Certain days I feel good. Certain days I’ve got to work through the stiffness. That’s part of the injury. Certain days you’ve just got to be smart about it.”


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Why Watkins put jolt into passing game Monday

Posted by Chris Brown on August 3, 2015 – 10:26 pm

On Monday night Sammy Watkins was a welcome shot in the arm for Buffalo’s passing game posting three touchdowns in the practice session including a pair of long scores.

Watkins, who almost missed the entire spring in his rehab from offseason hip surgery, was eased back into practice the first few days with his reps carefully monitored. Showing no signs of any issues related to his hip, Watkins’ reps were increased Monday night and it made a big difference. Not only in terms of being a more frequent target for his quarterbacks, but it also allowed him to get in a rhythm on offense.

“I think (Monday) I kind of got in a groove,” Watkins said. “I had been in and out one play here and two plays there. Then I get in and get six plays in a row and get back to doing the normal things that I do and that’s just really from getting a lot of reps.

 

“Physically I feel great. It’s all mental and that’ll just be a byproduct of getting reps. The more reps I get the better I get. I just think early on in camp I was getting one play here or two plays there and never really sweat. Today I just got into a groove.”


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Watkins putting complete game on display

Posted by Chris Brown on August 3, 2015 – 10:20 am

Everyone knows about Sammy Watkins’ exploits as a wide receiver. His route running, his speed, his elusiveness, his hands, his leaping ability. One area of his game that even Rex Ryan wasn’t familiar with was on display on day 3 of training camp and it left Buffalo’s head coach convinced that Watkins can do everything an NFL receiver is called upon to execute.

During Sunday’s practice there was a stock block drill in which two receivers would go against two defensive backs in a defined boxed area of space outlined with cones. The lead receiver was responsible for blocking and stacking the first defensive back, while the second receiver, who was the ball carrier had to pick a lane to get by his receiver teammate and the man he was blocking and make the second defensive back miss.

Watkins proved very effective as a blocker and on one particular rep left Rex Ryan with his mouth agape.

“I watched a lot of stock block, so I watched the wide outs vs. the corners, I’ve never seen it before, but Sammy Watkins took somebody off his feet in a stock block drill,” said Ryan. “So this just in, Sammy can do everything. I’ve never seen it, I mean he literally lifted the guy up off his feet and was driven back like 10 yards.

“I’ve never seen it in all the years coaching so that was impressive. But it’s physical. When you get into that, those guys go at it and it’s important, the defense has to set an edge, and they have to get off blocks, and our wide outs especially with the talent that we have in the backfield, you have to have that stick in stay, so you have to attack it, and you have to stick.”

Don’t be surprised if on a play to the flank this season the Bills are running behind Watkins.


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Watkins near the top at moving the sticks

Posted by Chris Brown on July 7, 2015 – 3:08 pm

He was far from healthy for most of his rookie season, but Sammy Watkins still finished as the team’s leader in receiving yards and receiving touchdowns in 2014. He also is among the best in the league at one other key category for a receiver. After the catch conversions.

Pro Football Focus compiled a list through their film review of the players who were the most effective in taking a catch short of the marker and converting a first down. Sammy Watkins finished second in the league in this category.

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Watkins had an impressive 50 percent conversion rate on catches he made short of the marker. Now in all fairness this figure must be taken with a grain of salt, knowing the short passing game tendencies of some NFL offenses will cater to a high number of opportunities to convert. There are also some wideouts, who typically run routes short of the marker as a dump down option for a QB that are at an inherent disadvantage.

Still, converting half of your catches short of the first down mark into a fresh set of downs for your offense is an impressive feat.


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Watkins happy to be worked back in

Posted by Chris Brown on June 17, 2015 – 2:12 pm

Sammy Watkins has been a limited participant in spring practices coming off an offseason hip procedure, but through the first two days of minicamp he’s been sprinkled in for a few team reps in both 7-on-7 and 11-on-11. It’s not much, but Watkins is happy to take any reps he can get with teammates around him.

“It feels good,” he said. “Just to know I can get on the field and compete and go out there and make a play or two. Just to get back there is a great feeling to me, and just to see coaches confidence in putting me back there and knowing that I’m healthy – it was a great feeling for me.”

Watkins said he will be full go for training camp come late July.

“I’ll be in there the first day of training camp competing,” he said. “It’s all about now getting in shape and coming back ready to compete.”


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Watkins up to speed despite being limited

Posted by Chris Brown on June 4, 2015 – 2:19 pm

Sammy Watkins is still limited coming off his offseason procedure, but he hasn’t lost a step when it’s come to getting a hold on the offensive scheme. Receivers coach Sanjay Lal said Watkins has done everything possible to stay immersed in the installation process.

“He’s keeping up mentally,” said Lal. “He comes to meet extra with me anytime there’s a special teams meeting because he’s not in special teams, and that’s legal to do so. Off to the side in practice he’s working on all his techniques, so when it comes time to running everything at full speed he’ll understand the technique. When he goes away for the summer he’ll know what to work on and work on it the right way so he’s ready when he comes back.”


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Bills coaching staff getting props from players

Posted by Chris Brown on June 3, 2015 – 10:23 pm

When head coach Rex Ryan finished the assembly of his coaching staff he called it an all-star staff, with thanks to owners Terry and Kim Pegula for making it possible. Now just over a month has passed that the coaches have been around the players and the men on Buffalo’s roster are pretty pleased with the coach-player interaction and instruction.

RB LeSean McCoy was heaping praise on offensive coordinator Greg Roman, likening him to his former head coach Chip Kelly when it came to finding unique and creative ways to create opportunities for his players to make plays.

“The type of coach Greg Roman is there’s a bunch of different things,” said McCoy. “That sort of reminds me of Chip with the whole unique style of getting his backs in space, that genius type of thing. No matter what I feel like he’s a genius and Greg is similar. They find ways to trick the defense and get their backs in a lot of open space. Greg definitely has a similiarity for sure.”

WR Sammy Watkins is limited to just individual position drills in OTA practices as he’s still rehabbing from an offseason procedure, but he already feels like he and his fellow wideouts are better players because of new receivers coach Sanjay Lal.

“It’s been great. He’s a great coach,” said Watkins of Lal. “So far I haven’t been on the field much with him, but I feel my game has improved with just the little things and the details. You see every receiver right now becoming true receivers and he’s teaching us the way to play the game.”

Watkins feels last season the receiving corps was just an “okay” route running team. In early June he thinks they’re better now than they were at any point last season.

“We can run better routes now,” said Watkins. “Last year we were okay with routes, now we’re getting the real details of running routes and different routes and I think our placement and being in the same place every time is helping the QBs out.”

So while the Bills are a long way from playing their first game that counts, the early returns on the coaching staff from the players are glowing.

 


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Fan Friday 5-15

Posted by Chris Brown on May 15, 2015 – 11:41 am

Sorry for the one week hiatus. A lot of news going down last week. OTAs are less than two weeks away. Let’s get right to your questions from email at AskChris@bills.nfl.net and on Twitter @ChrisBrownBills.

1 –  @ChrisBrownBills

just curious why Bills have Felton and Conner?

nschirra8

CB: Doug Whaley has stated many times that any time they have a chance to make an upgrade they’re going to do so. The John Conner signing this week is an example of that. While I don’t deny that it’s unusual to have two proven fullbacks on one roster, I think Whaley and Rex Ryan subscribe to the philosophy of creating as much competition as possible in the training camp setting.

Conner will push Jerome Felton and that makes both players better. Ultimately Felton is going to be this team’s starting fullback, but if there’s an injury Conner is a fantastic fall back option. Can Conner convince the coaches to make an exception and keep two fullbacks? With the depth of this roster that’s going to be difficult, but you can’t fault a team for trying to get better everywhere and driving up the level of competition.

 

2 – Hey Chris,

Thanks for your continued pursuit of giving a small market team, big time exposure.

I know the McCoy/Alonso deal has been discussed ad nauseum and much like most Bills fans, I found myself conflicted and constantly flip-flopping on how to feel.  At the end of the day, the organization is making an aggressive play to enhance the offense, which is definitely something I support.  Having said that, seeing that the Bills were willing to commit heavy resources to a running back I’m uncertain of what to feel hypothesizing that we could have signed Demarco Murray for less money and still retained Kiko (whether to keep or to use as a potential trade asset).  Both backs are elite and I don’t wish to jibber-jabber over which one is better, but how can a cogent argument be made that McCoy > Demarco + Kiko?

Keep up the great work.
Best,
Robert F.

CB: While I think most would acknowledge that DeMarco Murray + Kiko Alonso is better than just LeSean McCoy, you’re operating under the assumption that Murray would be interested in signing with Buffalo.

It’s possible he may have been willing to sign with the Bills. We’ll probably never know, but Murray is a year older than McCoy. Unlike McCoy, who avoids the kill shots of defensive linemen, linebackers and safeties, Murray takes big hits. I think one could argue that the cumulative wear and tear on Murray is greater than on McCoy.

Now that doesn’t dismiss your argument that Murray + Alonso would be better than just McCoy, but I’m not convinced Murray would’ve signed here.

 

3 – Hi Chris, thank you to you and your team for all the off season coverage.
I have to think Suh signing this contract hurts us in two ways. 1, he bolsters the Dolphins defense and we have to go up against him twice a year. 2, did he set the market for Marcell Dareus as a free agent? Dareus was considered the best tackle against the run last year, and had more tackles and sacks than Suh. If Marcell doesn’t drop off this year wouldn’t he command the same contract as Suh? We saw what happens without Marcell in the lineup, just look at the Oakland game before and after his injury.  Do you think the Bills can afford to re-sign him, and if so, is that at the expense of asking Mario Williams to restructure his contract or full on releasing him?
Thanks
Paddy

CB: The Bills maintain that their cap structure will allow for a long term contract extension for Dareus. He’s the linchpin of the defensive interior for the long term future.

You’re right the Suh deal did set the market. I think in an ideal world the Bills have Dareus signed to a long term deal before the 2015 season commences. The more he performs on the field the more his price goes up, so it would behoove the Bills to seal a deal before September. We’ll have to wait and see what happens.

 

4 – Hi Chris
Do the Bills have any definite plans for Marcus Thigpen? Is he still on the roster? Percy Harvin is arguably a better all-around player, but in all the mentions of Buffalo “weapons” I’ve not once heard Thigpen’s name.

Just curious
@GregTheBillsFan

CB: Thigpen is still on the roster yes. Harvin is clearly a better all-around player. Thigpen was a punt return specialist on this team last season after Leodis McKelvin broke his ankle. And while he did do a good job this roster became even harder for him to make with the offseason additions, Harvin chief among them. With McKelvin expected to be ready by training camp, the team’s primary punt returner will be back in the fold. So Thigpen, though very capable, may get caught up in a numbers game at the receiver position.

 

5 – Chris,
With the addition of Harvin, how do you expected the formations to look like? How does it change the role of Robert Woods, who had a great 2nd half of the season. Harvin might cut into Watkin’s targets, I like to see Watkin’s used more creatively.

Is Goodwin on the bubble to make the roster? I’d like to see a coach that will throw him the ball.

Sean

CB: I think the Greg Roman offense is going to be as multiple as possible with a myriad of pre-snap formations and shifts. So to give you an answer about formations would be like trying to hit a moving target. I expect Harvin to line up outside opposite Watkins, with Woods working more in the slot in this offense. Hogan would work the other slot in four-wide looks.

Based on Rex Ryan’s comments it sounds like Goodwin will get a far better opportunity to prove that he belongs on this roster than he did from the previous staff. I wouldn’t call him a bubble player, but from a pure numbers standpoint he’s going to have a challenge on his hands.


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WR group has stiffest competition in a while

Posted by Chris Brown on May 14, 2015 – 1:12 pm

The first OTA practice for the Bills is just under two weeks away, but it’s readily apparent that the competition at wide receiver might be the stiffest that’s been seen at One Bills Drive since the early 90’s clubs. Head coach Rex Ryan was asked to assess how he and his offensive assistants will whittle the candidate list from its current number of 13 down to five or six.

“We have a deep group of talented guys,” said Ryan. “Percy Harvin, I’m not willing to say there’s something that he can’t do that someone else can. I’m not so sure that’s possible.

“Robert Woods, Sammy Watkins those guys are pretty decent. (Chris) Hogan, he’s a talented guy, good athlete, catches the football, smart, productive, so it is going to be tough to make this team, there is no question about it.”

When asked if he will try to mix and match skill sets to cover all possible needs at the receiver position, Ryan maintained that keeping the best players is the best way to go.

“Different roles for things, yeah possibly, but I don’t want to limit anybody and say this guy is strictly a slot receiver,” he said. “Let’s have it work out and in the end if that’s the case then so be it. I just want to see it with open eyes and believe what I see.”


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Watkins trade-one year later

Posted by johnmurphyshow on April 30, 2015 – 10:52 pm

There’s still one more chip to be played by the Cleveland Browns, but for the most part, we know now  what the cost was when the Bills moved up to draft Sammy Watkins in the 2014 draft.

To recap, Buffalo sent its’ 2014 1st rounder (9th overall) to Cleveland, along with the Bills 2015 1st rounder (19th overall), and a 4th rounder this year. In exchange, the Bills moved up four spots in the first round last year and snagged Sammy Watkins.

The Browns used this year’s first rounder obtained from Buffalo to select Offensive Lineman Cameron Erving from FSU. He’s likely to be penciled in as a center for the Browns, probably backing up Alex Mack in his first year in Cleveland.  Erving is versatile-he played left tackle at FSU last year.

So if you add it up–it’s Cameron Erving this year, troubled CB Justin Gilbert last year, and a fourth rounder still to come. That’s what the cost was for the Bills to move up and pick Sammy Watkins.

With 65 catches and six touchdowns in his rookie year, and the promise of much more to come, it’s hard to imagine one of the players the Browns picked having nearly as much impact as Watkins.

 


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Gruden on Bills draft outlook

Posted by Chris Brown on April 30, 2015 – 11:28 am

The 2015 NFL draft is just days away and despite coming from an offensive background as a former coordinator and head coach himself, ESPN Monday Night Football analyst Jon Gruden thinks Buffalo might fill some of the defensive holes in the draft.

“As far as what they’re going to draft, they’ve made a real good addition to their backfield in LeSean McCoy,” Gruden said. “I’m sure they’re going to look at replacing Kiko Alonso and lost a pretty good safety man (Da’Norris Searcy). So I think they’ll look for some things on defense, but I really like what they did trading up to get that receiver (last year) because Watkins is one heck of a player.”

Buffalo’s primary positional needs are widely seen as offensive line, linebacker and tight end.


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Watkins: rookie lessons have been learned

Posted by Chris Brown on April 16, 2015 – 12:35 pm

No matter how much college experience or production a player has, the NFL is still a different animal. There are more games, more demands and far more practice and preparation than college. With his rookie season now in the rearview mirror, Sammy Watkins feels he learned some valuable lessons.

“Most definitely,” said Watkins when asked if he’s a smarter player going into his second NFL season. “This year I’ve just got to come out and play physical and play hard. I know what the game is about. I was a rookie last year. I’m not a veteran, but I’ve got one year behind me and just get on the same page as the quarterback and dominate. That’s the key to this year.”

When Watkins was asked if he’s set any personal statistical goals, the receiver indicated that he isn’t going to concern himself with individual stats.

“I’m not going to worry about that. I’m just going to go out there and play hard,” he said. “The numbers will show. As long as we’re winning and as long as we’re in the playoffs and the Super Bowl I’m fine with my numbers. They’ll add up at the end of the year.”


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Rex: Watkins to be full go at training camp

Posted by Chris Brown on April 15, 2015 – 2:01 pm

Sammy Watkins underwent a procedure on his hip after his rookie season with the Bills reached a conclusion. Though Watkins is able to work out to participate in some capacity in the team’s voluntary offseason conditioning program, head coach Rex Ryan said not to expect to see Watkins doing much in the way of football related work until August.

“My understanding is Sammy is doing really well,” said Ryan. “We’re not going to see him out there until training camp. But he should be full go when we get to training camp.”

Watkins said he is feeling good.

“I’m feeling pretty good. I’m just getting back to working out, having fun with the guys,” Watkins said. “I’m just happy to be with the team and great coaches. I just have to keep getting better.”

Watkins in encouraged by his progress and is on board with the regimen prescribed for him by the team’s athletic training staff.

“I just believe in our staff. They’re doing a great job. I’ve just got to keep working hard,” he said. “Everything has been going good. I’m healing. They’re working me out the right way. They keep me motivated and I’ve just got to keep getting better.”

 


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Bills young talent ranks favorably

Posted by Chris Brown on January 27, 2015 – 9:39 am

ESPN did a league wide analysis of the young talent on every roster in the NFL. The Bills ranked in the top half of the league with their healthy number of young playmakers.

ESPN Insider Matt Williamson had the Bills ranked 11th in the league when it came to their “farm system” of young talent. Here’s what he wrote about Buffalo’s roster.

11. Buffalo Bills

Sammy Watkins, WR (21): He didn’t put up the same numbers as some of the rookie receivers drafted after him, but make no mistake: He is still a supreme prospect. He has great speed and ball skills, but what some might overlook with him is his strength. Every aspect of his game exudes power, from his running style to his aggressiveness attacking the football.

Marcell Dareus, DT (24): The Bills’ excellent defensive line is the foundation of their defense, and Dareus is the anchor in the middle. He dominates in the running game and continues to improve as an every-down player who can get to the quarterback as well.

Cordy Glenn, LT (25): Not the prototypical light-footed left tackle, Glenn uses his great size and wingspan to protect the blind side. He is a top-10 tackle in this league.

Stephon Gilmore, CB (24): Gilmore excels in both man and zone coverage. With Rex Ryan taking over as Buffalo’s head coach, Gilmore should see a ton of one-on-one coverage against the opponent’s top receiver. He’s up to the task.

Kiko Alonso, LB (25): He missed all of 2014 due to an injury, but he along with Brandon Spikes and Preston Brown gives Buffalo one of the best linebacker groups in football.

Others of note: Nigel Bradham, EJ Manuel, Aaron Williams, Duke Williams, Marquise Goodwin,Cyril Richardson, Bryce Brown, Nickell Roby, Seantrel Henderson, Robert Woods, Preston Brown,Cyrus Kouandjio

The Colts, Patriots and Rams were the top three ranked teams.


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Watkins up for Pepsi Next NFL Rookie of Year

Posted by Chris Brown on January 6, 2015 – 4:18 pm

Bills WR Sammy Watkins is among the nominees for the Pepsi Next NFL Rookie of the Year. Here’s a look at his competition.

Odell Beckham, Jr.
Wide Receiver
New York Giants
Teddy Bridgewater
Quarterback
Minnesota Vikings
Mike Evans
Wide Receiver
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Jeremy Hill
Running Back
Cincinnati Bengals
Sammy Watkins
Wide Receiver
Buffalo Bills

With the finish to the season that Odell Beckham Jr. had for the Giants and the touchdowns scored on an almost weekly basis by Mike Evans in Tampa the competition will be stiff. Add in the fact that Jeremy Hill helped Cincinnati reach the playoffs and your vote will count big time. So vote for Sammy right here as many times as you like.


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Watkins: Raiders a sneaky team

Posted by Chris Brown on December 20, 2014 – 3:40 pm

Bills rookie WR Sammy Watkins has played in all of 14 games in his NFL career. While he might still be an inexperienced NFL player, he knows a sneaky team when he sees one. In his mind that’s just the kind of team they’re playing Sunday.

Watkins and his teammates refuse to be influenced by Oakland’s 2-12 record. When they look at some of the teams they’ve hung with and in two cases beaten Watkins says it’s easy to play them just as hard as any other opponent.

“They’ve beaten good teams,” said Watkins. “They’ve beaten Kansas City, San Fran—we’ve got to come out and be ready. They’re a sneaky team. They’ve been playing good ball, they haven’t been finishing teams. I watched film on defense—they got a good defensive line, they’re linebackers fly around, their cornerbacks, they’re going to challenge you, they’re not just somebody you’re going to run by for 90-yards, they’re going to compete.”

Of course with Oakland shorthanded at cornerback this week with starter Tarell Brown out, his backup Chimdi Chekwa out and fellow starter D.J. Hayden hobbled and questionable for the game, they may not challenge Buffalo’s wideouts as much as Watkins anticipates.


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