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Fan Friday 10-7

Posted by Chris Brown on October 7, 2016 – 11:33 am

The first of three west coast trips for the Bills this season for Sunday’s game at L.A. Let’s get to your questions from email at and on Twitter at @ChrisBrownBills.

1 – @ChrisBrownBills Does Justin Hunter have a chance to play? He is big and fast

Vince Tracy@theturk47

CB: I expect Hunter to be active on game day Sunday. You’re right he is tall and fast. Having only practiced with the team for four days, and only being exposed to the playbook for about a week, I would anticipate just a package of plays for Hunter against the Rams. Perhaps just the red zone if they get down there or some other situational parts of the game. A full workload I think is a little ambitious with as new as he is to the club.


2 – @ChrisBrownBills How are the Bills able to bring Lawson & Sammy back from IR? I thought u could only bring 1 from preseason IR.

Chet Spoonley@chetehc

CB: Lawson was on Reserve/Physically Unable to Perform list, which carries a completely different set of rules for returning to the active roster. Beginning in Week 7 the Bills have a three week window in which they can take a player on PUP and let him begin practicing. The first day he practices starts the 21-day window in which the team must decide whether to add him to the active roster or leave him on said reserve list for the remainder of the season.

Watkins being on injured reserve can be chosen as a player to re-activate to the 53-man roster after he’s been on I-R for eight weeks. I’m not overly optimistic that will happen, but we’ll see where things stand in about a month.
3 – Chris,

It seems to me that we’ve heard almost nothing about John Miller this off-season. Normally this is a good thing for offensive linemen. Your opinion please.

William S.

CB: Miller has fared well for the most part this season. His teammates acknowledge he is making progress and improving his consistency. He’s got a supreme test this week in Aaron Donald, who will line up opposite both him and Richie Incognito at times. Low to the ground and quick, Donald can wreck a game. A matchup worth watching this week.


4 – Chris,

My question is about Jonathan Williams. He really impressed me in the preseason, reminds me a little bit of Fred Jackson. When do you expect him to make a push for some carries? I really think he would make a great compliment to Shady now. To me, if Reggie Bush isn’t returning punts or kickoffs we don’t have much of a use for him.

Joe Roberts

Orlando, Fl

CB: Jonathan Williams did have an encouraging preseason. Had great contact balance and usually falls forward. Underrated as a pass catcher. This season, much like it is for Cardale Jones, might be like a redshirt year. He’s got guys ahead of him on the depth chart. He’s got to master all the responsibilities of being a running back, including blitz pickup more than anything.

Coaches have to know they can trust him and he’s got to show he can do more and offer more than the guys ahead of him on the depth chart.


5 – Hi, Chris —

Two years ago as a rookie Cyril Richardson (because of other circumstances) got some starts at guard and did some decent, if not memorable, work.  Last year his performance fell off noticeably and he didn’t play much.  This year he couldn’t even make the team.

Any insights into this decline?  Was he not an NFL-level talent to begin with?

Jim D.

CB: Cyril Richardson was drafted when Doug Marrone was head coach of the team and they wanted to employ a smash mouth drive defensive linemen off the ball type run game. Cyril Richardson is a player capable of doing that. But when the scheme changed with the new staff, Richardson was no longer a fit.

This is a run game that features pulling guards to kick out and lead block and get to the second level. Richardson never had the feet to execute that. He was no longer a fit for the type of offense the Bills run.

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Down Salas & Watkins, will Bills add at WR?

Posted by Chris Brown on September 30, 2016 – 1:10 pm

They went into last week’s game with just four healthy receivers when Greg Salas and Sammy Watkins were out with injuries. It’s likely they do that again, but long term might they look to add at the position? Head coach Rex Ryan was asked that very question Friday.

Ryan did not rule out the possibility of seeking help at receiver.

“I know we always look to upgrade our team,” said Ryan. “If that’s a possibility at receiver or wherever then we’ll definitely look into that.”

Buffalo does have Dez Lewis on their practice squad, who would be the most logical call up if that was the course the front office and coaching staff decided to take. If they want to look outside the organization there are veteran options out there to consider.

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Fan Friday 9-30

Posted by Chris Brown on September 30, 2016 – 11:45 am

It’s just about October and the Bills have a giant division game Sunday at ‘The Razor.’ Let’s get to your questions from email at and on Twitter at @ChrisBrownBills.

1 – @ChrisBrownBills chances the #bills shut down Watkins the entire year? Curious as to why no urgency in adding another WR with 2 down?

Frank Miosi@miosi37

CB: I don’t think the Bills are at that point yet, but I’ve got to believe that if the medical staff gets to a point where they determine that Watkins’ foot even with rest is not improving to where he can play on it then the discussion to shelve him for the season could come up.

I’m not a doctor so I’m not going to pretend to know the protocol for how that decision is ultimately reached. But it Watkins can’t play this Sunday after not playing on it for 17 days it could beg the question if the foot will ever be good enough to play on in its current state.

2 –
@ChrisBrownBills with the poor QB play, what are the chances the Bills get serious about the position, be it thru a trade or the draft

Uncle Rico@RckyMtnBillsFan

CB: I don’t believe after three games that the Bills are actively seeking other options at quarterback. I do believe they need more passing game production out of Tyrod. I like Anthony Lynn’s approach with Taylor of identifying the best matchup pre-snap instead of working his way through the reads. Find the best matchup and exploit it.

The trade market on quarterbacks is typically limited unless someone wants to give up a lot, like Minnesota did to save what they believe can still be a playoff run type season. I believe much like everyone anticipated Tyrod will be given this entire season to prove he can advance his game and take the next step. If he can’t then perhaps a change in course will take place like you’re describing.


3 – @ChrisBrownBills #bills how will the bills defense attack qbs since both have quick release and can run?

lisa marinucci@LisaNucci1967

CB: Buffalo’s defense relies on disguise and a multitude of looks to slow the opposing quarterback down just enough with his decision making for pressure to get there and disrupt the opponent’s passing game. Properly utilized in the right down and distance situations this can be very effective.

Through the first three games the Bills have been more aggressive with their blitz packages on the whole. Even early in the Jets game they brought some pressure just to disrupt the timing of the Jets pass game. I suspect there will be pressure packages and some new looks from Buffalo’s defense for the Patriots QB this week whether it’s Garoppolo or Brissett.


4 – @ChrisBrownBills was our “great secondary” a product of getting pressure rushing only 4?

Steve Tucciarello@24Tuch24

CB: I don’t think anyone will argue that the improved pass pressure helped last week. But I will also say that Buffalo’s coverage players made more plays on the ball even when the pressure wasn’t generated up front. Against the Jets there were jump ball situations where the Bills corners and safeties just didn’t win. Against the Cardinals more often than not they did.

Perfect stat line to illustrate that – passes defensed.

Against the Jets – 4 pass breakups, 0 interceptions on
Against the Cards – 10 pass breakups, 4 interceptions
5 – @ChrisBrownBills has Spikes contributed to our better run defense so far this year or has it been more the change to full 3-4?

Sean joyce@Seanjoy93765788

CB: It has unquestionably been the scheme. The defensive unit just looks more comfortable in this run front defensively. The defensive linemen have done a great job of constricting the rush lanes in this scheme. Preston Brown and Zach Brown have been the biggest factors at the second level. Brandon Spikes has only played 13 of 224 defensive snaps so far this season. He was inactive in Week 2.

Spikes has been used as a strong side OLB up on the line of scrimmage on obvious run downs in the limited time that he’s been on the field defensively. I think that’s a good spot for him since he’s a bigger LB and can set the edge. He could have a bigger role this week if LeGarrette Blount is on the field as much as he’s been for the Patriots over the first three weeks of the season.


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Watkins update

Posted by Chris Brown on September 27, 2016 – 9:12 am

The Bills were without WR Sammy Watkins in last Sunday’s win over Arizona. Long term Watkins’ availability is critical to the success of Buffalo’s passing game. His ailing foot however, is compromising his availability. Bills GM Doug Whaley provided an update on Watkins status in an appearance on Bills flagship station WGR Sportsradio 550.

“We lean on our medical staff and if they clear him and say he’s ready to go… the one thing we know for sure is Sammy is a competitor and wants to play,” said Whaley. “So if the medical staff says he’s ready to go and there’s no further damage or anything that can happen to his foot that will set him back for a long period of time then we’re going to let him play because that’s what he wants to do and helps us to keep on stacking these ‘W’s.”

Head coach Rex Ryan said Monday that they’ll see how he gets through the week. He’s hopeful that Watkins comments on social media last Saturday that he was good to go are an encouraging sign, but that he won’t know for sure until he sees him on the practice field.

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Robert Woods prepped to step up

Posted by Chris Brown on September 25, 2016 – 11:40 am

With Sammy Watkins and Greg Salas both inactive for the Bills today, Robert Woods is ready to take on more targets and make more plays.

“Just going in there expecting to play my game,” said Woods. “I always approach the game like the number one receiver. I’ve just got to step up and make plays. I might get a few more targets with him being gimpy or whatever. But I’ll just play my game and be an open target and just pick up the slack.”

Woods has been winning on almost all of his routes through the first two weeks of the season, but to this point has only been targeted seven times. He has five receptions for 30 yards. asked him if he’s talked with Tyrod Taylor about being targeted more on the routes he’s winning.

“It’s just the reads,” Woods said. “Sometimes those back side reads he doesn’t even have time to get there. There are a host of factors. My job is to be an open target for him so when the ball does come I’m ready for it. It’s the same thing this game. Try to be an open target for him and when the read is right and he comes my way I can be productive.”

Facing an Arizona defense that plays man coverage about 70 percent of the time, Woods knows he’s got to use his full repertoire of releases to get off the line.

“You’ve just got to make stuff look different,” he said. “When they’re playing man in your face all the time you’ve got to make it look different, show them something different when they play man.”


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Darby another question mark for Sunday

Posted by Chris Brown on September 23, 2016 – 2:18 pm

Sammy Watkins isn’t the only starter who might not be able to go on Sunday against the Cardinals.

CB Ronald Darby, who was nursing a hamstring injury that kept him limited this week in practice is listed as questionable for the game this weekend. If he can’t go Corey White is expected to step in at his left cornerback position.

White, who spent part of the 2015 season in Arizona, has familiarity with the Cardinals receiving corps and has been providing what intel he can to his fellow DBs.

“I’ll help out a little bit, but they run so much stuff on offense and it’s different every week so we can really only go out there and play and do our assignment,” said White.

Here’s a look at the Bills full injury report for Sunday.

TE Charles Clay – knee
CB Ronald Darby – hamstring
QB Cardale Jones – right shoulder
WR Greg Salas – groin
WR Sammy Watkins – foot

S Colt Anderson – foot
OT Cordy Glenn – ankle


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Fan Friday 9-23

Posted by Chris Brown on September 23, 2016 – 10:32 am

It’s been a rough start out of the gate. Let’s hope for better results moving forward. Here is the latest edition of your questions from email at and on Twitter at @ChrisBrownBills.

1 – @ChrisBrownBills are the bills confident in their WR corps? With the injuries do you think they should look thru FA to get a DWAYNE BOWE/#2WR


CB: I believe they are confident in their receiving corps. They only kept five receivers on the roster initially and now have six with Brandon Tate. Obviously if Sammy Watkins is out of the lineup for any period of time that would hurt, since there is no other wideout like him on the roster.

I will say that I think Robert Woods is an underrated receiver, who has never really had a chance to shine in this offense. I believe he can make plays. He’s not Sammy Watkins. He’s a different receiver, but the guy is winning on his routes a lot. He’s just not getting the ball.

Goodwin and Salas are competent role players and Powell and Tate offer depth.

I’d like to see LeSean McCoy and Reggie Bush split out wide at times to try to get them in space and get yards after the catch.

Is that enough? Only time will tell.

I just don’t think they sign a guy like Bowe unless they’re down a couple of receivers for an extended period of time.
2 – Hi Chris,

Once again when I have a Bills question I am turning to you because you ARE THE MAN.

Can you explain the process of selecting which players get cut and which make the team.

My belief was that the General Manager had the final call, but in listening to Rex Ryan he talks about how he and his coaches have a tough job to do when making the call.

You makes the final call certainly does have a tough job. Can you explain?

Bob Hammond

CB: How those decisions are made can vary slightly from team to team. With the Bills I know that Doug Whaley ultimately controls who is on the 53-man roster. Rex Ryan controls the 46-man roster on game day.

There is obviously a lot of input from the coaching staff and the pro personnel department regarding the 53-man roster. It’s not like Whaley unilaterally determines the roster. There is a lot of give and take, and the coaching staff has the freedom to express their preferences, but if a tough call arises, Whaley has final say. Whaley has made that clear on more than one occasion.


3 – Chris:
Great work during that very hot training camp.
What impact does it have when a player is waived injured instead of just being waived? Does the waived injured mean the player’s contract is voided, and he has to renegotiate to remain with the club if he clears waivers? How does this designation help the team?


CB: When a player is waived/injured they are placed on the waiver wire for a certain time period. During training camp it’s just 24 hours. During that period of time another could put a claim on the player and if awarded the claim that team would inherit the contract.

If the player goes unclaimed, as most injured players do, he reverts back to the team that waived/injured him and he goes on that team’s injured reserve list.

When he’s initially waived/injured he no longer counts toward a roster spot and even if he reverts to the team’s injured reserve he doesn’t count toward a roster spot either.


4 – Hi Chris,

With the damage done to the defense thru suspensions and injury, would the Bills go to a 4-3 defense? Or stay with the 3-4? Or maybe have a hybrid of both? Opposing teams are going to be able to run on the Bills with relative ease. I know the run defense played well against the Colts, but this is preseason. I just feel short term the Bills will suffer. Unless, of course, they are able to obtain a very good defensive lineman/end thru free agency. Your thoughts.

Tony Falzone,
Ormond Beach, Fl

CB: Switching to a 4-3 would be unusual. That was Rex’s mistake last season. He tried to blend some of the concepts of Jim Schwartz’s defensive scheme in with his. It led to confusion on the field and a whole mess of other execution issues.

Buffalo’s defense should be better because every player understands the scheme and that allows them to play fast. Sure the extra talent will help when Lawson returns along with Dareus, but the execution should be better across the board.

To this point they’ve had one good and one poor performance.


5 – Brownie,

Thanks for what you and your crew continue to do for those of us in a long-distance relationship with our team.

I feel like you may have answered this question or similar in years past, but with our first two regular season opponents just four days apart, how much preparation relied on film from the previous season and what else might go into it? Do the Bills have scout teams assigned to the Ravens and Jets open practices? Is this common for most NFL teams? If so, is this why we tend to see the Bills run scrimmages and such out of base packages, in order to be a bit guarded?

Thanks in advance for your response. Anticipating the end of the drought!

Bob from North Tonawanda via Okinawa, Japan

CB: With the first two games so close together the Bills coaching staff was doing game plan installation in practice before the season was even over. Typically in the offseason the coaches formulate a framework of a game plan for their first couple of opponents on the schedule.

Then the pro personnel department will scout the opponents through the course of the preseason by going to all of their preseason games. NFL clubs cannot attend other teams practices unless there is a charge for admittance.

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Salas the new add to injury report

Posted by Chris Brown on September 23, 2016 – 7:16 am

As much focus as there has been on Sammy Watkins foot injury he wasn’t the only receiver on Buffalo’s injury report Thursday.

Greg Salas was added Thursday with a groin injury.

“Yeah I don’t think it’s a major injury but yeah, it did happen in practice,” said head coach Rex Ryan.

Salas is a receiver that Tyrod Taylor has come to trust. His practice participation on Friday along with that of Sammy Watkins will go a long way in painting the picture as to just how much of Buffalo’s passing attack will be available for Sunday’s game.

Ryan said he’s hopeful that Watkins can play Sunday.

Participation Wednesday
Participation Thursday
Sammy Watkins
Cordy Glenn
Charles Clay
Colt Anderson
Ronald Darby
Cardale Jones
Right shoulder
Greg Salas

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Clay, Glenn, Watkins sit Wednesday

Posted by Chris Brown on September 21, 2016 – 6:17 pm

The Bills were without three offensive starters on the practice field Wednesday. And a key defensive starter was limited with a hamstring injury.

Cordy Glenn, Charles Clay and Sammy Watkins were all sidelined with injuries. Moving forward it appears Watkins will have a reduced practice workload for the rest of the season in an effort to keep his ailing foot as fresh as possible for game days.

“He’s practicing once a week and you can only do so much,” said new offensive coordinator Anthony Lynn of Watkins in an appearance on the John Murphy Show Wednesday.

Head coach Rex Ryan said at the beginning of the week that they were hopeful Cordy Glenn could return from his ankle injury and play Sunday. The chances of that happening will be better determined based on Glenn’s level of practice participation Thursday.

Ronald Darby’s hamstring injury did not surface in the game on Sunday according to head coach Rex Ryan, but it was enough to keep Darby from doing much at all in practice Wednesday.

“He got through the game and finished the game,” said Ryan of Darby. “Hopefully it’s not a serious injury.”

If Darby can’t go on Sunday, veteran Corey White is expected to step in at cornerback.

Player Pos Injury Participation Wednesday
Sammy Watkins WR Foot DNP
Cordy Glenn T Ankle DNP
Charles Clay TE Knee DNP
Colt Anderson S Foot LP
Ronald Darby CB Hamstring LP
Cardale Jones QB Right shoulder LP

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Watkins: Not just me who needs ball more

Posted by Chris Brown on September 20, 2016 – 9:13 am

Bills WR Sammy Watkins was asked a question he’s been posed before. Does he need the ball more? The obvious answer would be based on his dynamic talent that yes he should get more opportunities to make plays for Buffalo’s offense. But Watkins believes that’s an oversimplification because there are other weapons in the Bills offense that need to be utilized. In fact there was one receiver in particular that he believes is winning on his routes a lot, but not getting the ball.

“I don’t want to be out to be selfish,” said Watkins. “As I got to film I think we need to go to Woods more. He’s open on every play. But as a wide receiver you want to get 10 targets and see what you can do and help your team out as much as you can. But that means Woods needs 10 targets too. Clay needs the ball too.

“So I can’t just say to myself, ‘I want the ball and need the ball.’ It’s not that type of situation. The flow of the game getting me the ball I think is critical. Keeping me live and engaged in the game is really critical.”

Woods has five catches for 30 yards through the first two games.

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Watkins on meeting with Pegulas

Posted by Chris Brown on September 19, 2016 – 3:57 pm

Bills WR Sammy Watkins was asked if he was one of the players who met with the Pegulas in advance of the dismissal of now former offensive coordinator Greg Roman. Watkins confirmed he was, but gave indication that it’s relatively common with Buffalo’s ownership.

“I think it was just more so what we need as a team and I think it went well,” said Watkins of the nature of the meeting. “I wasn’t asked anything. It had nothing to do with anybody (specifically). It just had to do with the players and I think it went well.

“I’ve done met with them plenty of times. I don’t think it was an issue or a problem. I think they just wanted to see where my head was and the other leaders on the team where their heads were.”

As far as what his contributions were to the internal discussion, Watkins said he pointed to their play on the field first and foremost as the problem.

“I just told them it’s up to our play. We can’t blame anybody,” he said. “We have to play better as an offense and as a team and as an individual effort. That’s what it’s really about. We can do better and play better. Things that we need to fix, we talked about that and that’s what we have to fix on the field.”

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Glenn out, Watkins questionable for Thursday

Posted by Chris Brown on September 14, 2016 – 12:36 pm

Bills LT Cordy Glenn will not dress for Thursday night’s home opener due to an ankle injury. Cyrus Kouandjio will start in Glenn’s place at left tackle. Special teams ace Colt Anderson is also out with a foot injury. Questionable is Sammy Watkins.

There were only walk through practices during this short week for the Bills, but if there had been a normal practice, Watkins was listed as a limited participant for Wednesday. The receiver said on Monday that he would “definitely be out there,” Thursday night to face the Jets.

Player Pos Injury Participation Wednesday Game Status
Colt Anderson S Foot DNP OUT
Cordy Glenn T Ankle DNP OUT
Kevon Seymour CB Hamstring LP QUESTIONABLE
Cardale Jones QB Right shoulder LP QUESTIONABLE

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Watkins, Glenn, Clay updates

Posted by Chris Brown on September 13, 2016 – 2:32 pm

Both Sammy Watkins and Cordy Glenn were listed as non-participants on the team’s practice report Tuesday. Even though it’s a short week and the team is just performing walk throughs, the team by rule has to list the status of injured players for what would be a normal practice.

Glenn did not attend the walk through practice, but Watkins did, reinforcing his comments Monday that he’ll “definitely be out there playing,” come Thursday night.

Quarterback Tyrod Taylor also spoke with Watkins this week and sounds convinced that his top receiver will be playing against the Jets.

“From my conversation with him it seems like he’s ready to go mentally and physically,” said Taylor of Watkins. “It seems like he wants to go out there and continue to keep showing people what he can do. I’m looking forward to seeing him go out there and have a good game.”

Charles Clay was also on the field for walk throughs and was listed as a limited participant. Blocking TE Jim Dray may have a chance to play this week with him being list as a limited participant too.

S Colt Anderson – foot
OT Cordy Glenn – ankle
WR Sammy Watkins – foot
DL Jerel Worthy – knee

CB Kevon Seymour – hamstring
QB Cardale Jones – rt. shoulder
TE Jim Dray – ankle
TE Charles Clay – knee

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Bills elusive weapons hard for Ravens to replicate

Posted by Chris Brown on September 11, 2016 – 10:22 am

If there is one distinct advantage for Buffalo’s offense against the Ravens it’s their top weapons are extremely elusive. Earlier in the week Baltimore defensive coordinator Dean Pees compared Sammy Watkins to perennial Pro Bowl receiver Randy Moss. But Pees isn’t only worried about containing Watkins.

Preparing for Tyrod Taylor and LeSean McCoy in the practice setting has been an issue because they don’t have any players on their practice squad or who they line up on their scout team during the week, who can effectively replicate what Taylor and McCoy can do on the field.

“We used some guys during some other practices and stuff, but Tyrod is one of the best athletes I have ever been around – ever,” said Pees. “Just watching him out here do things, even when he’d be out here catching a punt and doing things, he’s just a phenomenal, phenomenal athlete. I don’t know that you can simulate that. Our guys have tried to do a good job that we’ve put in there. The quarterbacks and running backs and all of those guys that have done that have done a great job with it. We just have to do a good job on defense of doing what we’re supposed to do – having good eyes and doing our technique, following our assignments and being where we’re supposed to be.

“[LeSean] McCoy is the same way. When McCoy runs a sweep, it’s like a punt return. You don’t know where he’s going to end up. I watched a film on him when he was four yards in the backfield on third-and-one, and he ended up gaining three, and nobody blocked anybody on the play. It was amazing.

“Those guys are phenomenal. It’s not just Tyrod. They have Sammy Watkins out there. They have [Charles] Clay, who I can still remember from Miami and is a heck of a tight end that’s got speed. They have a very, very talented crew. We have our hands full with all of them.”

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Ravens DC Pees sees Randy Moss in Watkins

Posted by Chris Brown on September 8, 2016 – 4:15 pm

Sammy Watkins is only entering his third NFL season, but the numbers he put up in the second half of last season have made opposing coordinators sit up and take notice. 

Baltimore defensive coordinator Dean Pees was asked if Watkins game reminds him of any other receiver who played in the league. Pees referenced one of the best deep ball receivers in the last 25 years. 

“He’s a little bit of Randy Moss in that he’s long and he’s fast,” said Pees. “Randy was always faster than what he looked like. He looked like he was loping, but he was running. 

“What he has is an innate ability to go get the ball. You just watch film, and there are just so many times he’s covered, and Tyrod puts it up, and [No.] 14 comes up with it. That was Randy Moss. He just had a way of never showing his hands running down the field. All of a sudden a DB is trying to play the hands, he doesn’t show them, then all of a sudden he shows them and they’re on the ball. To me, he is a little bit like him in that he is a deep threat every time he lines up, every time he lines up. Randy was that way for his whole career.”

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Full speed the key for Taylor-Watkins timing

Posted by Chris Brown on September 8, 2016 – 10:05 am

Through the course of the offseason workouts nailing down the timing in the pass game between Tyrod Taylor and Sammy Watkins was limited due to a couple of key factors. Those limitations however, are no longer an issue allowing the quarterback-wide receiver tandem to reestablish their on field chemistry.

What was holding the team’s top passing duo back in the offseason were the restrictions on Watkins workload coming off of foot surgery. Even in training camp Watkins was usually practicing every other day. He also couldn’t go full speed on every rep. Couple that with his very brief two-series appearance in just one preseason game, and you understand why it has taken until the 11th hour before the season opener to get their timing back.

“We’ve made a lot of strides in the last couple of weeks,” said Taylor. “We’ve spent some time one on one after practice and just talking through a lot of things. He looks good in practice.”

As Watkins saw it, finding a solution to reestablish their timing on the field was on him.

“I think it was really up to me,” Watkins told “I’ve just got to get in position. It’s not so much on him. I’ve got to run my routes full speed. When I’m running them full speed we have good connection and when I’m half speed that’s when there’s a gray area. That’s why I thought Wednesday was one of my best practices since camp opened. I just focused on going full speed, fundamentals and getting ahead of the ball instead of speeding up and trying to catch up to his passes.”

Fully healthy and allowed to take on a full workload in practices and games, Watkins intends to go full speed for all of practice again Thursday.

“I think if you play fast all the connections and the ball will be there and Tyrod will be more comfortable instead of having to gauge my speed,” Watkins said.

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Watkins declares himself 100 percent

Posted by Chris Brown on August 29, 2016 – 4:16 pm

For weeks he’s assured that his foot is healed, but pushing himself to the limit on the field is something he didn’t do until yesterday (Sunday). The good news is he came back and did the same thing Monday at practice.

“Yeah that’s what I’m doing every day. I’m trying to get faster and faster at the things that were kind of in my head with the injury. But every day, I’m speeding up. I’d say today I was going 100 percent. The other day, 100 percent. I knocked two days out and my foot felt fine,” Watkins said. “Still got to get in the cold tub but its right where it need to be.”

Head coach Rex Ryan said Watkins preseason game time is over. After just two series at Washington, Watkins won’t see the field again in uniform until Week 1 in Baltimore. But Watkins believes he’s ready. There’s just one thing he’s trying to capture on the field to be completely prepared.

“Just trying to get that timing with Tyrod,” he said. “And mentally just trying to get in game shape and game speed. Those two series didn’t do enough for me so trying to get it done this week, more so the next week. And I’m just trying to work. I’m trying to get back in the groove of things.”

When asked if he’d be ready to play if there was a regular season game on Sunday, Watkins answered in the affirmative.

“Yeah, I’d score a couple touchdowns,” said Watkins chuckling. “I’d be prepared.”

Watkins said right now he’s keeping his routes smooth, but come the regular season he’ll be making them “jerkier” and more difficult for DBs to mirror.

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No word yet on whether Watkins dresses Sat.

Posted by Chris Brown on August 10, 2016 – 7:30 am

It is considered highly unlikely that Sammy Watkins will suit up for the Bills first preseason game Saturday against the Colts at Ralph Wilson Stadium. He’s participated in just one practice and was just cleared on Monday. But at this point head coach Rex Ryan has not made a decision on Watkins’ availability for Saturday.

When asked if he’s not expecting to play Watkins Saturday, Ryan explained how a call has not been made to this point on Watkins.

“Well I haven’t said that yet,” Ryan said. “We haven’t even really thought about the game guys. How long the starters are going to play? All this, who’s going to do what. We haven’t even discussed that yet. We will as the week goes on.”

When Watkins was asked about the prospect of playing Saturday he appeared a bit surprised at the thought.

“I don’t know. Being that it’s the first game I don’t know,” said Watkins. “You never know with the training staff or Rex. If they throw me out there I can probably play and compete. But I don’t have that answer.”

Knowing how slow the Bills are taking things with Watkins return from foot surgery it would be a major surprise if he dressed for Saturday’s preseason opener.

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Sammy Watkins holds local ProCamp

Posted by Kelly Baker on July 21, 2016 – 3:43 pm


Bills wide receiver Sammy Watkins, who has spent a majority of his summer in Buffalo, hosted his third annual youth football ProCamp at Erie Community College on Tuesday, July 19 and Wednesday July 20. The camp featured a turnout of around 200 youngsters. Looking to advance their skills, the participants took part in several drills.

The fun and educational experience allowed the campers to learn football basics from Watkins and prep school and college coaches from the area. Each camper also received some special memorabilia to take home such as, an autographed item from Watkins and a camp team photo.


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Watkins in top 20 for fantasy players

Posted by Chris Brown on July 15, 2016 – 10:11 am

The NFL Network has been unveiling their top 50 Fantasy Players for 2016 as compiled by the fantasy experts. Sammy Watkins was the latest Bills player to appear on the list after LeSean McCoy was ranked 26th overall earlier this week.

Watkins checked in at 20th overall in the latest portion of the list unveiled Thursday night. Here’s a look at the top 50 list thus far, with the top 10 to be unveiled tonight (Friday) on NFL Network at 8 pm EST.

50. Tyler Eifert – Cincinnati Bengals, TE
49. T.Y. Hilton – Indianapolis Colts, WR
48. Emmanuel Sanders – Denver Broncos, WR
47. Greg Olsen – Carolina Panthers, TE
46. Doug Baldwin – Seattle Seahawks, RB
45. Jay Ajayi – Miami Dolphins, RB
44. Jordan Reed – Washington Redskins, TE
43. Kelvin Benjamin – Carolina Panthers, WR
42. Latavius Murray – Oakland Raiders, RB
41. Ryan Matthews – Philadelphia Eagles, RB

40. Jeremy Maclin — Kansas City Chiefs, WR
39. Russell Wilson – Seattle Seahawks, QB
38. Jarvis Landry – Miami Dolphins, WR
37. Julian Edelman – New England Patriots, WR
36. Jonathan Stewart – Carolina Panthers, RB
35. Keenan Allen – San Diego Chargers, WR
34. Demaryius Thomas – Denver Broncos, WR
33. Matt Forte – New York Jets, RB
32. Carlos Hyde – San Francisco 49ers, RB
31. Aaron Rodgers – Green Bay Packers, QB

30. C.J. Anderson – Denver Broncos, RB
29. Amari Cooper – Oakland Raiders, WR
28. Brandin Cooks – New Orleans Saints, WR
27. Cam Newton – Carolina Panthers, QB
26. LeSean McCoy – Buffalo Bills, RB
25. Mark Ingram – New Orleans Saints, RB
24. Eddie Lacy – Green Bay Packers, RB
23. Thomas Rawls – Seattle Seahawks, RB
22. Mike Evans – Tampa Bay Buccaneers, WR
21. Brandon Marshall – New York Jets, WR

20. Sammy Watkins – Buffalo Bills, WR
19. Alshon Jeffrey – Chicago Bears, WR
18. Jordy Nelson – Green Bay Packers, WR
17. Doug Martin – Tampa Bay Buccaneers, RB
16. A.J. Green – Cincinnati Bengals, WR
15. Devonta Freeman – Atlanta Falcons
14. Allen Robinson – Jacksonville Jaguars, WR
13. Lamar Miller – Houston Texans, RB
12. Jamaal Charles – Washington Redskins, RB
11. Dez Bryant – Dallas Cowboys, WR

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