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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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NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports Sammy Watkins "should be good to go" after re-injuring his ribs in Thursday's preseason finale.
The rib injury was an aggravation, but it sounds like Watkins is merely day to day with over a week to go before Buffalo's opener. The Bills visit the Bears on Sunday, September 7 to start the season. Expect Watkins to play outside at "X" receiver, with Mike Williams at "Z." Both Bills wideouts will be hard to trust on a weekly basis in fantasy due to E.J. Manuel's deficient passing. Aug 29 - 1:29 PM

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The rib injury Sammy Watkins suffered Thursday night is in the same area as the one he suffered on August 17.

Watkins was led too far on a slant by E.J. Manuel, allowing the rookie to take a forearm to the ribs from Lions LB Ashlee Palmer. Watkins was escorted to the locker room for tests, the results of which are unknown. With this recurring injury and Manuel looking like one of the worst quarterbacks in the league, Watkins is a prime candidate to be overdrafted.
Aug 28 - 11:33 PM

Sammy Watkins was forced from Thursday's preseason finale with a rib injury.

Watkins is technically questionable, but obviously won't return. Watkins got hurt trying to corral a slant that was "a good yard and a half ahead of him." E.J. Manuel "stared him down the whole way." Watkins then headed to the locker room. It's unclear if Watkins aggravated his previous rib issue, or suffered a new injury. It's ominous all around. Watkins hasn't shown outside of practice this summer, while Manuel has looked like one of the worst quarterbacks in the NFL.
Aug 28 - 7:39 PM

Sammy Watkins (ribs) has resumed practicing "without limitations."

Watkins missed last weekend's regular-season dress rehearsal with bruised ribs. The Bills are expected to play some of their first-team offense in Thursday's finale, so Watkins could get some run. Watkins has been lighting up practice all summer, but has just three catches for 21 yards through three preseason games. He's a boom-or-bust fantasy prospect with bumbling E.J. Manuel under center for the Bills.
Aug 25 - 1:44 PM

Sammy Watkins (ribs) is inactive for Saturday's preseason game.

Watkins returned to practice on a limited basis this week, but the Bills don't want to risk him to further injury. It's not ideal for him to be missing time in Buffalo's regular season dress rehearsal. TE Tony Moeaki is also inactive and has appeared in just one preseason game.
Aug 23 - 3:40 PM

Sammy Watkins (ribs) returned to practice Tuesday on a limited basis.

Watkins' rib "contusion" proved to be minor after all. Much hoopla was raised Monday when the Bills failed to call Watkins' injury merely a bruise, leading some to believe Watkins may be dealing with something more serious. The No. 4 overall pick is progressing after sitting out Monday. It remains to be seen whether he'll suit up for the Bills' regular season dress rehearsal this weekend.
Aug 19 - 2:35 PM

Sammy Watkins (ribs) is sitting out Monday's practice, and coach Doug Marrone is unsure of when he'll return.

"When (Watkins) comes back, I don't know," Marrone said. "Unless I know for sure, I'm not going to comment." Marrone always treats injury information like a state secret, but it's notable nonetheless. The Bills originally called Watkins' injury a "bruise," but were less forthright on Monday. Watkins is still likely nothing more than day to day, but he's in danger of missing this week's regular-season dress rehearsal. Watkins has consistently lit up practice, but has just three grabs through three exhibition games.
Aug 18 - 5:56 PM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports Sammy Watkins' ribs are "fine" after Saturday night's preseason scare.

He has a bruise. Bills fans and the organization can breathe a collective sigh of relief, after the franchise traded its 2015 first-round pick to nab the former Clemson star in May's draft. Watkins still has managed only three catches for 21 yards through three preseason games, failing to turn the hype into on-field production. It sounds like he could play in Buffalo's fourth exhibition next week.
Aug 16 - 9:58 PM

Sammy Watkins exited the Bills' third preseason game Saturday night with a rib injury.

He could be seen walking slowly to Buffalo's locker room assisted by trainers following the injury. The extent of Watkins' injury is unclear, but he'll surely be taken for X-rays to determine whether there's a fracture.
Aug 16 - 7:44 PM

Sammy Watkins had three catches for 21 yards in Friday night's preseason game against the Panthers.

It's an improvement from his first preseason game, when Watkins was held without a catch. The Bills made more of an effort to get Watkins involved on screens and in the short passing game, and he responded with a 14-yard catch on their opening possession. Playing in a run-heavy offense with an unproven quarterback, Watkins is currently Rotoworld's No. 37 wideout.
Aug 9 - 12:07 AM

Sammy Watkins failed to secure any of his three targets in the Hall of Fame game Sunday night.

E.J. Manuel tried to hit Watkins down the left sideline in Prince Amukamara's coverage, but Watkins was badly overthrown. Watkins is likely in for a fairly inefficient, inconsistent first NFL season. His quarterback is a low-percentage passer, and rookie wideouts generally have a difficult time in the pros.
Aug 3 - 8:57 PM

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.
Source: WGR 550
Jul 24 - 6:37 PM

Bills.com'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.

Bills.com'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

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Skill Players
PosRoleName
QB1E.J. Manuel
2Jeff Tuel
3Kyle Orton
RB1C.J. Spiller
2Fred Jackson
3Bryce Brown
4Anthony Dixon
GLB1Fred Jackson
2Bryce Brown
3RB1Fred Jackson
2C.J. Spiller
FB1Frank Summers
WR11Sammy Watkins
2Marquise Goodwin
3Chris Hogan
WR21Mike Williams
2Robert Woods
3T.J. Graham
4Marcus Easley
WR31Robert Woods
TE1Scott Chandler
2Lee Smith
3Chris Gragg
K1Dan Carpenter