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Sammy Watkins | Wide Receiver

Team: Buffalo Bills
Age / DOB:  (21) / 6/14/1993
Ht / Wt:  6'1' / 211
College: Clemson
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Sammy Watkins is taking "mental reps" at pre-draft Bills workouts while recovering from hip surgery.
The Bills still anticipate Watkins being a "full-go" for training camp. Coming off a 65-982-6 rookie year, Watkins may have a tough time taking a big statistical step forward while competing with Percy Harvin, Charles Clay, and Robert Woods for targets in new Buffalo OC Greg Roman's run-devoted offense. Apr 28 - 1:27 PM

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Coach Rex Ryan confirmed Sammy Watkins (hip) will be "full-go" for training camp.

Watkins is expected to be limited during OTAs after undergoing February hip surgery. His status for the start of camp was never in doubt. Despite dealing with multiple injuries, Watkins started all 16 games as a rookie.
Apr 15 - 5:39 PM

Sammy Watkins (hip surgery) was limited as the Bills opened their offseason conditioning program Monday.

Watkins, who had a tear in his labrum repaired sometime around the Feb. 1 Super Bowl, was riding a bike on the side Monday. He's fully expected to be 100 percent before training camp.
Apr 6 - 10:14 AM

Sammy Watkins' hip injury was diagnosed as a "slight tear in his labrum."

Watkins' injury occurred late last season, and he underwent surgery "around Super Bowl time." Per the Buffalo News' Vic Carucci, Watkins won't participate much -- if at all -- during post-draft Organized Team Activities, but is fully expected to return by training camp. Watkins generally goes in the fourth and fifth rounds of My Fantasy League Draft-Only leagues (MFL10s).
Apr 3 - 2:55 PM

ESPN's Josina Anderson reports Sammy Watkins underwent offseason hip surgery.

Watkins injured his hip in Week 13 and was limited in practice the following week before missing just eight snaps the rest of the season. More than likely, it was a minor scope for Watkins, but any lower-body issue for a receiver is cause for some concern. Watkins should be fine for a mostly-normal offseason program, though the Bills may hold their No. 1 receiver back a bit until training camp.
Apr 3 - 11:15 AM

Coach Rex Ryan said the Percy Harvin signing was intended to "take a little pressure off Sammy Watkins."

"You might recall last year Sammy got doubled almost every snap," Ryan said. "You roll your coverage to him and all that. With a guy like Percy Harvin that's now going to be difficult to do." Watkins will remain the No. 1 target ahead of Harvin, Charles Clay and Robert Woods, but the Bills will ideally be among the league's most run-heavy offenses while trying to hide Matt Cassel/E.J. Manuel. Watkins profiles as a WR2 type in fantasy despite unique talent.
Mar 23 - 8:28 AM

New coach Rex Ryan showered Sammy Watkins with praise Sunday.

When Rex's Jets faced the Bills in Week 8, Watkins went for 157 yards and a touchdown. The next time they played, Ryan doubled the rookie wideout on every play. "Sammy is a one in every 10-year player that comes down the road," he said. It's clear Watkins will be a featured player for Rex and new OC Greg Roman, but there's plenty of reason for box-score concern. E.J. Manuel and Jeff Tuel are the only quarterbacks on the roster, Roman's track record isn't great with passing games and we know Ryan teams want to ground-n-pound.
Jan 20 - 11:52 AM

Appearing on Sunday NFL Countdown, ESPN's Adam Schefter reported ex-coach Doug Marrone "stormed out of the draft room" when the Bills traded up for Sammy Watkins in May's draft.

It's a display of an extreme disconnect between the coach and the front office. And it's not the only time Marrone, GM Doug Whaley, and CEO Russ Brandon butted heads. The three reportedly got into a heated argument on the practice field in front of the team and media during the season. As a result of the Watkins trade, the Bills are without a 2015 first-round pick. They also don't have a quarterback. Whaley is leading the Bills' search for a new head coach.
Jan 4 - 11:05 AM

Sammy Watkins caught 3-of-5 targets for 57 yards Week 17 against the Patriots.

Watkins hit the rookie wall hard in the second half of the season, but finished with a touchdown or 100 yards receiving in two of his last four games. Watkins finishes his rookie season with 65 catches for 982 yards and six touchdowns. One of the most talented receivers in what will turn out to be the best receiver class in the history of the NFL, Watkins' 2015 success hinges on how the Bills address their quarterback situation this offseason.
Sun, Dec 28, 2014 03:48:00 PM

Sammy Watkins caught three passes for 75 yards and one touchdown in the Bills' Week 16 loss to the Raiders.

He finished second on the team behind Fred Jackson (12) with his seven targets. Watkins kicked off the scoring with a 42-yard touchdown grab in D.J. Hayden's coverage. His other big play was a 15-yard catch just before halftime to set up a field goal. Watkins' touchdown was his first since Week 8, while his 75 yards were the second-most the past eight games. The Bills end the year in New England.
Sun, Dec 21, 2014 08:03:00 PM

Sammy Watkins managed one catch for 28 yards in the Bills' Week 15 win over the Packers.

He was targeted six times. Watkins has been held under 40 yards in five of his last six games. He hasn't scored a touchdown since Week 8. Watkins will be a boom-or-bust WR3 when the Bills travel to The Black Hole for Week 16.
Sun, Dec 14, 2014 05:01:00 PM

Sammy Watkins caught seven passes for 127 yards in Sunday's Week 14 loss at Denver.

Watkins' day started off in nightmare fashion as Bradley Roby stripped him for a lost fumble on his first catch. But the rookie picked himself up and showed he still has some juice left in his rookie year, going over 100 yards for the first time since Week 8. Event though a lot of that damage was done in garbage time, it's good to see Watkins beating 1-on-1 coverage and making the plays we know he's capable of. He'll be a WR3 in another tough matchup against the Packers in Week 15.
Sun, Dec 7, 2014 08:16:00 PM

Sammy Watkins (hip) remained limited in Thursday's practice.

Most signs suggest Watkins will be ready to go against the Broncos, but in a monthlong funk, he can't be trusted as more than a WR3 at less than 100 percent.
Thu, Dec 4, 2014 06:01:00 PM

When asked if Sammy Watkins has hit a rookie wall, coach Doug Marrone said, "I hope not."

Marrone is the kind of coach that never speaks negatively about his players, always making some kind of excuse for poor play. So it's a bit eye-opening that he didn't leap to Watkins' defense. Over the last four weeks the No. 4 overall pick has struggled badly to get open and make plays, averaging 3.2 catches for 26.2 yards with no touchdowns. The sledding doesn't get any easier this week as Watkins has to face Chris Harris and company in Denver.
Thu, Dec 4, 2014 10:55:00 AM

Sammy Watkins (hip) was limited in Wednesday's practice.

It puts Watkins on track to play Week 14 against the Broncos after he played all 66 snaps in Week 13 despite the injury. With Kyle Orton refusing to take any shots on the outside, Watkins has fallen into WR3 territory for Sunday.
Wed, Dec 3, 2014 02:09:00 PM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
QB1Matt Cassel
2E.J. Manuel
3Tyrod Taylor
4Jeff Tuel
RB1LeSean McCoy
2Fred Jackson
3Anthony Dixon
4Bryce Brown
5Karlos Williams
GLB1LeSean McCoy
2Fred Jackson
3RB1LeSean McCoy
2Fred Jackson
FB1Jerome Felton
2John Conner
WR11Sammy Watkins
2Marquise Goodwin
3Marcus Easley
4Dezmin Lewis
5Marcus Thigpen
WR21Percy Harvin
2Robert Woods
3Chris Hogan
4Deonte Thompson
5Justin Brown
WR31Robert Woods
TE1Charles Clay
2Chris Gragg
3MarQueis Gray
4Nick O'Leary
5Chris Manhertz
K1Dan Carpenter
2Jordan Gay