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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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Through four days of Bills training camp, first-round pick Sammy Watkins has "continued to dazzle ... even burning top cornerback Stephon Gilmore quite easily on a few occasions."
WGR 550 Buffalo's Joe Buscaglia is doing daily practice reports live from Bills camp, and on two of the first four days Buscaglia has named Watkins the MVP of workouts. While Watkins is undoubtedly an exciting talent, we remain skeptical he'll live up to his mid-seventh-round fantasy Average Draft Position with suspect quarterback play on the NFL's run-heaviest team. Sammy is being drafted before Golden Tate, Kendall Wright, Reggie Wayne, and Eric Decker. Jul 24 - 6:37 PM
Source: WGR 550

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Date:'s Chris Brown believes A.J. Green is a good indicator for what Sammy Watkins can be in his rookie season.

Like Green, Watkins was drafted fourth overall and will be featured as a true No. 1 receiver. Green posted a 65/1,057/7 line in 15 games his first season. He was a top-15 fantasy wideout despite playing with fellow rookie Andy Dalton, who was unproven at the time. Brown "[doesn't] think those are unrealistic numbers for Watkins" and expects the Bills to use him in a similar role. Watkins is currently the No. 36 wideout in Rotoworld's pre-training camp rankings.
Jul 4 - 5:19 PM

Sammy Watkins has looked the part of a "true No. 1 wide receiver" in spring practices, according to the Bills' website.'s A.J. Devine deemed Watkins "the most impressive player throughout OTAs." He's reportedly had chemistry issues with E.J. Manuel, but that's to be expected at this point. Watkins currently ranks as Rotoworld's No. 36 receiver. He has potential to be a top-25 fantasy wideout, but is limited by Buffalo's run-heavy scheme and concerns over Manuel’s ability to move the offense.
Jun 28 - 5:12 PM

Sammy Watkins admits the chemistry between he and E.J. Manuel hasn't been 100 percent on point, yet.

"It's not fully there. I mean, we've been connecting at minicamp, and OTAs," Watkins said. "But at the same time, I could be wide open, and if he don't feel it, or if I run it a different type of way, he won't throw the ball." The two have all summer to work on it, but it's anyone's guess as to who will lead the 2014 Bills in receiving. Manuel and Robert Woods had a good connection as 2013 rookies. We may need to temper expectations for Watkins in a run-heavy offense with a quarterback that needs to take a massive step forward as a sophomore.
Jun 27 - 9:45 AM

The Bills' official site calls Sammy Watkins' acceleration after the catch "very rare."

It's one of the main reasons Watkins was billed as the top wideout in a loaded class. He ran 4.43 at the Combine with a 10-foot-6 broad jump, demonstrating special lower-body explosion. The Bills would do well to use Watkins on a ton of bubble screens and hitches, keeping things simple for raw E.J. Manuel. The Bills' official site says Manuel is already "naturally finding" Watkins on pass plays during OTAs, though beat writer reports haven't been as rosy.
Jun 16 - 8:17 AM

Bills OC Nathaniel Hackett called first-round pick Sammy Watkins "a guy we've got to get the ball to a whole bunch."

It is tough not to take this with a grain of salt after Hackett's "run C.J. Spiller until the throws up" comments last year, but the reality is Watkins is already one of the Bills' most explosive weapons. They would be foolish not to get him the ball early and often. Obstacles for Watkins' rookie-year fantasy outlook are sub-par quarterback play and Buffalo's run-dominated offense.
Jun 7 - 10:28 AM

Sammy Watkins believes his route running has improved this spring.

"I’m getting better," Watkins said. "There are probably two or three routes that I still have to work on. ... You’ve got different routes than I was running in college. There are so many routes in this offense." Watkins will be used all over the formation this season, so he's expected to master the Bills' entire route tree.
Jun 5 - 5:02 PM

Bills signed No. 4 overall pick WR Sammy Watkins to a four-year contract.

Based on No. 4 pick Lane Johnson's contract from last year, Watkins should expect close to $20 million and about a $13 million signing bonus. The deal also comes with a fifth-year club option for 2018. The Bills gave up a 2015 first-round pick to jump up from No. 9 to 4 overall and snag Watkins. He's expected to start on the outside opposite Mike Williams and share slot reps with Robert Woods. Watkins is lethal in the open field and brings a ton of YAC potential. He's a tackle-shedder who will see plenty of wideout screens and quick-hitters.
May 28 - 1:57 PM

Coach Doug Marrone said Sammy Watkins and Robert Woods will both get chances to play in the slot.

Last year's slot receiver, Stevie Johnson, has been traded to the 49ers. The Bills are going to use Watkins all over the formation and feature him heavily after giving up a 2015 first-round pick to trade up for him Thursday night. Woods could also get some looks there. Only Mike Williams will be locked into an outside role.
May 12 - 8:29 AM

Bills traded up with the Browns to select Clemson WR Sammy Watkins with the No. 4 overall pick in the 2014 draft.

The Bills paid a steep price, giving up the No. 9 pick in this draft, their 2015 first-rounder and a 2015 fourth-round pick. Watkins (6-foot 3/4, 211) needed only three seasons at Clemson to set school records in catches (240) and receiving yards (3,391), averaging 14.1 YPR with 30 all-purpose TDs. He was a first-team All-American as both a freshman and junior. Watkins ran 4.43 at the Combine with a 10-foot-6 broad jump, demonstrating otherworldly lower-body explosion. Almost a bigger C.J. Spiller in a wideout's body, Watkins combines dynamic open-field agility with deep threat tools and running back-like YAC skills. You could call him a cross between Pierre Garcon and Torrey Smith, combining both of their strengths. Watkins will be just 21 as a rookie, leaving plenty of room for NFL growth. Stevie Johnson's days in Buffalo are numbered.
May 8 - 8:37 PM

Appearing on Thursday's SportsCenter Special, ESPN's Britt McHenry confirmed Sammy Watkins and Khalil Mack are "in the mix" for the Jaguars at No. 3.

Per McHenry, the Jags are also open to taking a signal caller, presumably Johnny Manziel. The Jags have needs across the board, and are a good bet to follow their board unless they quietly have their heart set on Johnny Football.
May 8 - 2:22 PM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport believes the Lions' most likely Thursday actions are to either trade up for Sammy Watkins, or "stay put" at No. 10.

RapSheet has been beating the Watkins-Detroit drum for a few days now. He reports the Lions took Watkins out to lunch after Clemson's Pro Day, and at one point during the pre-draft process "were talking to him nearly every day." Insists Rapoport, "The interest is real." For now, Watkins is expected to be taken somewhere in the top five, either by the Jags at 3, Browns at 4, or Raiders at 5.
May 8 - 11:18 AM

According to's Ian Rapoport, the Lions have "made it clear" to Clemson WR Sammy Watkins that they're "very serious" about potentially trading up for him.

RapSheet has been beating the Watkins-to-Detroit drum for two months, and the player himself obviously believes it's a real possibility. We're typically leery of reports that so strongly link a team and player this team of year, but there appears to be some genuine smoke here. It wouldn't be a sensible move for a Lions team with a strong receiver duo, but many holes elsewhere.
May 6 - 4:09 PM

SI's Peter King hears a big priority for the Jaguars will be to play it safe with the No. 3 overall pick.

"Play it safe" means taking a prospect that is NFL-ready now, not one dripping with more raw upside. For King, that means Clemson WR Sammy Watkins or Texas A&M OT Jake Matthews. We'd add in Buffalo OLB Khalil Mack as an ideal fit as long as GM David Caldwell isn't scared off by the small-school status.
May 5 - 9:39 AM

According to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, "all indications are" Clemson WR Sammy Watkins is not in the mix for the Rams at No. 2 overall.

Beat writer Jim Thomas acknowledges "it’s believed there are some in the building who would like to take Watkins," but GM Les Snead and coach Jeff Fisher have all but shot down the notion. The Rams invested first- (Tavon Austin) and third-round (Stedman Bailey) picks in wide receivers last April, in addition to 2012's No. 33 overall selection (Brian Quick). They also signed Kenny Britt and return 2013 leading receivers Chris Givens and Austin Pettis. Thomas expects St. Louis to either trade down or use the No. 2 pick on an offensive tackle.
May 4 - 3:07 PM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
QB1E.J. Manuel
2Thad Lewis
3Jeff Tuel
4Dennis Dixon
RB1C.J. Spiller
2Fred Jackson
3Bryce Brown
4Anthony Dixon
5Ronnie Wingo
GLB1Fred Jackson
2Bryce Brown
3RB1Fred Jackson
2C.J. Spiller
FB1Frank Summers
2Evan Rodriguez
WR11Sammy Watkins
2Marquise Goodwin
3Chris Hogan
4Chris Summers
5Naaman Roosevelt
WR21Robert Woods
2Mike Williams
3T.J. Graham
4Marcus Easley
5Kevin Elliott
WR31Mike Williams
TE1Scott Chandler
2Tony Moeaki
3Lee Smith
4Chris Gragg
K1Dan Carpenter
2Dustin Hopkins