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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
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Sammy Watkins (foot) suggested he is nearing 100 percent.
"As far as sprinting and stuff I’m moving and doing that 100 percent," said Watkins. "Any explosiveness I’m doing that. I’m doing the cuts, but certain things are full speed and certain things aren’t." Watkins said he is still not comfortable with speed cuts, but it is pretty clear he will be ready to go full tilt fairly early in camp. The Bills will likely limit their star playmaker throughout the preseason to avoid any setbacks, but there is little doubt he will be ready Week 1. Jul 25 - 9:25 AM

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Sammy Watkins said he is "right where [he] needs to be" in his recovery from offseason foot surgery.

Watkins does not know when he will get back on the field or how much work he will do in training camp, but it has been clear for several weeks his recovery is trending in the right direction. The Bills will likely take it slow with their playmaker, but it is possible he sees action in the preseason. Unless he suffers a setback, Watkins should be good to go for Week 1.
Source: ESPN
Jul 19 - 11:47 AM

Sammy Watkins (foot) posted a video of himself running in a straight line on Friday.

It's Watkins simply running a 25-yard sprint, but noteworthy with training camp still a couple weeks away. He shed his walking boot last month and has stayed in Buffalo the entirety of the offseason to rehab. Watkins has said that he expects to be ready early in training camp. The Bills aren't going to push him and could sit him out the whole preseason so he's 100 percent come Week 1.
Jul 8 - 11:48 AM

In an interview with ESPN's Vaughn McClure, Sammy Watkins (foot) was noncommittal about his status for training camp.

Last week Watkins was adamant he would be ready for the start of training camp. Now he seems to be backing off that assertion. "Hopefully I'll be back," said Watkins. "If not, then cool. Get ready for the first game." Watkins admitted he hasn't run in 3-4 weeks but said he's "just being safe." Watkins is still on track for Week 1 but that's only if he doesn't encounter any setbacks.
Jun 26 - 12:39 PM

Sammy Watkins said he is staying in Buffalo all summer to rehab his surgically-repaired foot.

Over the weekend, Watkins said he plans to be ready early in training camp, and he appears to be doing everything in his power to make good on that promise. He also is focusing on staying healthy after being constantly limited his first two seasons. "The important part is getting on the field and staying healthy," Watkins said. "Once I figure my body out and do the assessment I need to do, I’ll figure out what type of food, everything I need to do to keep myself on the field." The fourth-best fantasy receiver over the final nine weeks last year, Watkins will be a huge value if he is able to get and stay healthy.
Jun 20 - 11:00 AM

Sammy Watkins (foot surgery) told TSN in Canada that he expects to be ready early in training camp.

Watkins stated in early June that "nobody knows" when he'll be healed following surgery to repair stress fractures in his left foot. Now out of his walking boot, Watkins is changing his tune. "For training camp, I think I’ll definitely be available," he said. "I might sit out 2-3 days. ... The goal is to come back and be prepared for training camp." Watkins did reiterate that "there's really no timetable." Despite the concerning injury and subsequent surgery, Watkins' Average Draft Position hasn't moved much. He's a third-round pick pretty much across the board.
Source: TSN Canada
Jun 19 - 7:21 PM

Sammy Watkins is no longer wearing a walking boot on his injured foot.

Watkins debuted the new look Tuesday at the team's mandatory minicamp. He's not ready to practice yet but it looks like Watkins is making good progress in his recovery from offseason surgery. Watkins probably won't be on the field for the start of training camp, but he still has plenty of time to get ready for Buffalo's season opener September 11 against Baltimore.
Jun 14 - 12:45 PM

Sammy Watkins said Wednesday that "nobody knows" the timetable on his return from surgery to repair stress fractures in his left foot.

"Nobody knows what timetable, what or when I’ll be back," said Watkins, also admitting he doesn't know "how or when" the stress fractures happened. The Bills say they expect Watkins to be ready for Week 1, but they've been less than trustworthy about injuries lately. (That's true of most teams, which have no incentive to give honest injury timelines about star players when they're trying to sell tickets.) "I think all I know is that Sammy won’t miss time in the regular season," coach Rex Ryan reiterated. "Nobody has given us a specific time, it’s just that we’re extremely confident that he’ll be ready to roll when the season starts." Watkins' recovery will be worth tracking all summer.
Jun 1 - 8:35 PM

Sammy Watkins (foot) said he'll "hopefully" have his walking boot removed Thursday.

Watkins suffered a stress fracture in his foot and underwent surgery in April. He's still without a timetable for return, but the Bills have said all along they expect him ready for Week 1, even if Watkins doesn't play in the preseason.
Jun 1 - 12:17 PM

Bills GM Doug Whaley said he expects Sammy Watkins (foot) to be ready for Week 1.

Watkins underwent surgery to repair a broken foot last month. Despite his optimism about the regular season, Whaley declined to put a timetable on Watkins' return, lending credence to the notion he will not be ready for training camp. The Bills brought free agent Andre Roberts in for a workout last week, and they will likely look to bring in some veteran bodies this summer.
May 24 - 9:25 AM

Sammy Watkins' foot surgery took place "about a month ago."

The earlier the surgery took place, the better Watkins' chances are of returning full strength for Week 1. Watkins expressed optimism on Twitter Monday, tweeting to a fan that he'll "of course" be ready for the preseason. Watkins battled rib and hip injuries as a 2014 rookie. He underwent hip surgery last offseason before dealing with calf, hip, and foot problems during the year.
May 16 - 7:38 PM

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports the Bills are targeting Week 1 for Sammy Watkins' return from foot surgery.

We're marking him "questionable for Week 1" on our injury page. Whereas NFL Network reported Watkins "should be ready for training camp," Bills beat writers have stated that is only the team's "hope," and Schefter's report all but rules out Watkins returning that quickly. It sounds like Watkins will practice minimally if he does return late in camp, and he probably won't play a single preseason snap. A borderline second-round fantasy pick before surgery, Watkins is now shaping up as an especially high-risk fourth- or fifth-round choice.
May 16 - 5:17 PM

FOX Sports' Mike Garafolo reports Sammy Watkins' (foot) recovery time is 6-8 weeks.

Garafolo says the "hope" is Watkins will be ready for training camp, whereas NFL Network reported previously Watkins "should" be ready. Garafolo says the surgery was performed by noted foot specialist Dr. Robert Anderson. Garafolo adds that Watkins played through multiple stress fractures in 2015, and his surgery was done "a few weeks ago." Dolphins WR DeVante Parker underwent what sounds like a similar procedure in early June last year. He returned for the Dolphins' preseason finale in early September. Although Watkins' surgery should lower his Average Draft Position in fantasy leagues, he'll carry a concerning level of risk entering the 2016 season.
May 16 - 4:53 PM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports Sammy Watkins "should be ready for training camp" despite recovering from a fractured foot.

RapSheet reports Watkins' injury is a "small" broken bone in the foot, and he needed a "screw inserted." While Rapoport's report is positive, we've seen many wide receivers fail to regain form following significant foot injuries, including enduring setbacks after they returned. Dez Bryant, Julio Jones, Julian Edelman, Brandon LaFell, DeVante Parker, and Marvin Jones all struggled to varying degrees. The Bills may want to consider giving free agent Anquan Boldin a call.
May 16 - 4:31 PM

Ty Dunne of the Buffalo News reports Sammy Watkins is recovering from a broken foot.

It's unclear when the injury took place, meaning we're not sure how far along Watkins is in his recovery. By far Buffalo's top playmaker, Watkins went on a white-hot tear to close out last season, averaging 113.2 yards with six TDs in the Bills' final six games. If Watkins isn't ready by Week 1, the Bills will turn to Robert Woods as their No. 1 wideout, and Charles Clay would see more targets. Losing Watkins for any amount of time would also deal a major blow to Tyrod Taylor's fantasy outlook.
May 16 - 4:26 PM

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2Mike Gillislee
3RB1LeSean McCoy
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2Glenn Gronkowski
WR11Sammy Watkins
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3Jarrett Boykin
4Marcus Easley
5Greg Little
WR21Robert Woods
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3Leonard Hankerson
4Kolby Listenbee
5Walter Powell
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2Jim Dray
3Chris Gragg
4Blake Annen
5Nick O'Leary
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2Cyrus Kouandjio
3Justin Renfrow
4Chris Martin
LG1Richie Incognito
2Cyril Richardson
3Jamison Lalk
C1Eric Wood
2Fernando Velasco
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