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Sammy Watkins | Wide Receiver | #14

Team: Buffalo Bills
Age / DOB:  (23) / 6/14/1993
Ht / Wt:  6'1' / 211
College: Clemson
Drafted: 2014 / Rd. 1 (4) / BUF
Contract: view contract details

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Sammy Watkins (foot) is out of his walking boot.
He's eligible to return to practice November 11 on the Bills' bye week and eligible to return to play in Week 12. Watkins still has a long way to go, but he's worth picking up for the fantasy playoffs if you can afford the stash. Oct 26 - 12:00 PM

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Dr. Robert Anderson determined that Sammy Watkins doesn't need a second surgery on his foot.

He simply needs rest and rehab, and NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports a late-season return is possible. Watkins was placed on I.R. ahead of Week 4 and can return six more weeks at the earliest. In his absence, Robert Woods and Charles Clay have led the Bills in targets with LeSean McCoy carrying the offense. Don't expect that to change. McCoy is an elite RB1 this week.
Oct 12 - 9:40 AM

Sammy Watkins (foot, injured reserve) will travel to North Carolina this week to visit with Dr. Robert Anderson.

That's never a good sign as Anderson is considered one of the leading foot specialists in sports medicine. The meeting will determine whether a second surgery is required on Watkins' injured foot. Watkins would obviously miss the remainder of 2016 if surgery is deemed necessary. He's already been placed on injured reserve, which will sideline him for a minimum of eight weeks. His absence will open up more targets for Robert Woods, Marquise Goodwin and Charles Clay, though we'd expect the Bills to go with a run-heavy approach featuring workhorse LeSean McCoy.
Oct 2 - 9:43 AM's Ian Rapoport reports Sammy Watkins (injured reserve, foot) doesn't need surgery.

It's good news for his chances of returning this year, as Jones fractures have a high rate of second surgery. Watkins will visit Dr. Robert Anderson, but it sounds like he just needs rest/recovery. Buffalo is hoping Watkins can return in Week 12.
Sep 30 - 6:06 PM

Bills placed WR Sammy Watkins (foot) on injured reserve.

Watkins was already ruled out for Week 4. His foot injury wasn't showing any signs of improving, though the reports were he was only dealing with pain management. Watkins will miss at least the next eight weeks on I.R, making Week 12 his earliest possible return. It's a huge blow to an offense that doesn't have any playmakers outside of LeSean McCoy. Buffalo signed Justin Hunter to add depth behind Robert Woods and Marquise Goodwin.
Sep 30 - 5:30 PM

Sammy Watkins (foot) has been ruled out for Week 4 at the Patriots.

Coach Rex Ryan said there's "major concern" about Watkins' availability moving forward. Consider Watkins out indefinitely, though NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports there's nothing structurally wrong with Watkins' foot. It's a pain management thing. Robert Woods is the default No. 1 receiver.
Sep 30 - 12:23 PM

Sammy Watkins (foot) is not practicing on Friday.

Watkins is almost sure to miss his second-straight game after his surgically-repaired foot was stepped on in a walkthrough practice last week. Robert Woods and Charles Clay will again be the Bills' top two targets, while LeSean McCoy should be a lock for a 20-touch floor as the focal point.
Sep 30 - 10:45 AM

Sammy Watkins (foot) is expected to miss his third straight practice Friday, but coach Rex Ryan is "hopeful" he travels for the team's game to New England.

Ryan still offered no assurances about Watkins' Sunday status. Most signs suggest he will miss his second straight game.
Sep 29 - 2:05 PM

Sammy Watkins (foot) is not practicing Thursday.

Watkins was expected to test out his foot either Wednesday or today, so his absence is not a great sign. It is possible he returns to the practice field Friday, but his Week 4 chances are not looking good.
Sep 29 - 11:51 AM

Sammy Watkins (foot) is not practicing Wednesday.

Watkins is expected to test his foot either today or Thursday and will then make a decision on his Week 4 status. His week isn't starting off on the right foot.
Sep 28 - 12:22 PM's Mike Garofolo reports Sammy Watkins will test out his injured foot on Wednesday or Thursday, and that it will determine his Week 4 availability.

Per Garofolo, "there are no structural issues" with Watkins' foot, and it remains "an issue of pain tolerance." Watkins tried to play through the injury on short rest in Week 2, but had a sub-par night against the Jets' leaky secondary. It sounds like Watkins will probably be listed as "DNP" on Wednesday. Even a limited session Thursday would have him tentatively on track to return against the Patriots.
Sep 27 - 5:46 PM

Coach Rex Ryan said Monday he "can't say" whether Sammy Watkins (foot) will be ready for Week 4 at New England.

Ryan said the Bills are still in "wait-and-see" mode regarding Watkins' playing availability week to week. The Bills will see how Watkins is feeling later in the week and make a decision thereafter. Watkins' injured foot was stepped on by a teammate last week. He may come down to a game-time decision.
Sep 26 - 5:08 PM

Sammy Watkins (foot) is inactive for Week 3 against the Cardinals.

Saving fantasy owners from trying to play him against Patrick Peterson. Beyond Watkins, the Bills' Week 3 inactives list is CB Ronald Darby, WR Greg Salas, LT Cordy Glenn, OL Patrick Lewis, S Colt Anderson, and QB Cardale Jones.
Sep 25 - 11:32 AM

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports Sammy Watkins (foot) will not play Sunday against the Cardinals.

Watkins tweeted something Saturday night suggesting he was planning on playing, but it sounds like he failed to receive medical clearance. Schefter reports the Bills will turn to one-trick speedster Marquise Goodwin opposite Robert Woods. Losing Watkins is a huge downgrade to Tyrod Taylor's outlook in an already-tough matchup. Watkins can only be considered week to week. Battling a recurring foot injury, he'll likely be week to week for the rest of the year.
Sep 25 - 7:51 AM

A Saturday night tweet from Sammy Watkins (foot, questionable) indicated he plans to play Sunday against Arizona.

The tweet -- linked below -- reads, "Ready to go out there and compete at the highest level." CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora reported earlier in the day the Bills were "still holding out some hope" Watkins would give it a go against the Cardinals, despite Rex Ryan's Friday statement that chances were "not real good" Watkins would be able to play. If Watkins does play, he'll be a low-floor WR3 option against Patrick Peterson. The Bills' offense matches up poorly with the Cardinals' defense, which can shut down No. 1 receivers and the running game. Buffalo doesn't have much beyond that.
Sep 24 - 8:58 PM

Depth Charts

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QB1Tyrod Taylor
2E.J. Manuel
3Cardale Jones
RB1LeSean McCoy
2Mike Gillislee
3Reggie Bush
4Jonathan Williams
GLB1LeSean McCoy
2Mike Gillislee
3RB1LeSean McCoy
2Reggie Bush
FB1Jerome Felton
WR11Robert Woods
2Justin Hunter
3Greg Salas
4Sammy Watkins
WR21Marquise Goodwin
2Walter Powell
3Brandon Tate
4Kolby Listenbee
5Marcus Easley
WR31Walter Powell
TE1Charles Clay
2Nick O'Leary
LT1Cyrus Kouandjio
2Cordy Glenn
LG1Richie Incognito
C1Eric Wood
2Patrick Lewis
RG1John Miller
2Ryan Groy
RT1Jordan Mills
2Seantrel Henderson
K1Dan Carpenter