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Sammy earning All-Rookie pub

Posted by Chris Brown on October 24, 2014 – 10:11 am

We’re just about halfway through the 2014 NFL season, but that hasn’t kept some media outlets from naming an All-Rookie squad for the first half of the year. Not surprisingly, Buffalo’s top draft choice is among those recognized.

Sammy Watkins was listed on the Grantland All-Rookie (so far) team. Here was their synopsis of his play to this point.

Offense
Sammy Watkins, WR, Bills
If I were Sammy Watkins, every day on the way out of work, I’d give Kyle Orton an uncomfortably long hug. The jump from EJ Manuel to Orton has been just enough to unleash Watkins on any defense that doesn’t feature Darrelle Revis. In his two non-Patriot games since Orton took over, Watkins has averaged eight catches and 104.5 yards on 13 targets a game, and he’s doing it in a ton of different ways.

The way Watkins accelerates across the field makes game tape look doctored. With enough time, he’s impossible to stay with on crossing routes, and on his first touchdown Sunday, he showed off that same speed up the sideline. Right now, there’s reason to get excited every time the Bills drop back to pass. It’s been a long time since anyone could say that. Since the merger, 12 rookie receivers have gone over the 1,000-yard mark, and with Orton playing quarterback, Watkins is a good bet to be no. 13.


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