Inside The Bills

Roman explains Watkins target frequency

Posted by Chris Brown on December 4, 2015 – 9:03 am

By now most Bills fans are all too familiar with how last week’s game played out for Sammy Watkins. A dominant first half followed by a quiet second half. Watkins had just one target in the second half of the loss to the Chiefs, but offensive coordinator Greg Roman explained that just because only one pass came his way does not mean that plays were not drawn up throughout the second half with him as the primary read.

“I think (there were) a lot of different reasons,” said Roman as to why Watkins second half was so quiet. “I don’t think you can titrate it down to one.  Some were coverage related; some of it was pass rush related; some of it was read-related. That really answers that.”

Roman obviously recognizes the difference maker that Watkins can be for Buffalo’s passing game. But his play calls are completely at the mercy of how well they’re executed by the 11 men on the field on offense. He also feels it doesn’t take much to get to a point where you’re forcing the ball to Watkins and taking greater risk than you need to offensively.

“It’s a fine line. I think there’s a risk reward to all that,” Roman said. “But I don’t think you want to—we feel good about the rest of our players, too. We feel good about throwing to the rest of our players. The more Sammy can touch the ball, I think that’s a real positive. I sleep well on those nights. But everybody else I have great confidence in too, on the offense.”

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