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Sammy Watkins | Wide Receiver | #14

Team: Buffalo Bills
Age / DOB:  (24) / 6/14/1993
Ht / Wt:  6'1' / 211
College: Clemson
Drafted: 2014 / Rd. 1 (4) / BUF
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The Buffalo News reports Sammy Watkins (foot) "should be close to 100 percent" when training camp starts.
Watkins is on track to be fully cleared after a limited OTAs. He's not going to get many preseason reps, but there's been nothing but positive reports since his option was declined. Entering a contract year, Watkins has the makings of a post-hype blowup if he stays healthy, though Buffalo projects to remain run heavy in 2017. Jul 22 - 7:15 PM

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Sammy Watkins believes the draft class of 2014 will "change the market."

"We gotta get paid more," Watkins said in a tweet Sunday morning. He also shared a retweet stating that NFL players "get the smallest piece of the pie" compared to other leagues like the NBA. Watkins himself will earn a modest $3,138,491 in the final year of his rookie deal. As a point of reference, the NFL's highest-paid wide receiver, Antonio Brown, will pull in $17 million in 2017. That salary would rank 53rd in the NBA.
Jul 2 - 11:00 AM

John Kryk of the Toronto Sun reports Sammy Watkins (foot) took "most first-team reps" during team drills Wednesday.

Watkins got in some team snaps during Tuesday's practice, and the Bills apparently felt comfortable enough to bump up his activity on Wednesday. Coach Sean McDermott said the team still plans to take it day-by-day with their No. 1 receiver, but Watkins is clearly trending in the right direction. As long as he avoids setbacks, he should be a full-go for camp.
Source: Toronto Sun
Jun 15 - 12:45 PM

Sammy Watkins (foot) took reps in team drills during Tuesday's practice.

It is a surprise after coach Sean McDermott said the receiver would continue to be limited this week. While he may not be fully back yet, the reps are a great sign for his camp status, although the Bills would be wise to take it easy on their injury-prone No. 1. Watkins comes with massive injury risk, but he has the upside to be a high-end WR1.
Source: ESPN
Jun 13 - 12:36 PM

Sammy Watkins (foot) returned to limited practice this week.

The Bills have said Watkins is "on schedule" for training camp, and an OTA return backs up that timeline. Even so, the receiver will almost certainly be babied through camp and the preseason in an effort to keep him healthy when it matters. After Buffalo declined his fifth-year option, Watkins is entering his contract year.
Jun 8 - 10:45 AM

The Buffalo News' Vic Carucci "has doubts" the Bills are motivated to extend contract-year WR Sammy Watkins, even after the season.

Buffalo declined Watkins' fifth-year team option for 2018 earlier this week, which will set him up for free agency next March. Watkins has yet to play a full season in the NFL, and that's obviously playing a big part in the Bills' long-term plans for him. Carucci gets the sense that even if Watkins stays healthy in 2017, this new regime doesn't feel like one that will commit big money to him. Not turning 24 until next month, Watkins could be the top free agent in next year's class.
May 5 - 10:00 AM

The Bills will decline Sammy Watkins' fifth-year team option for 2018.

Unbelievable. This is perhaps the only thing that could have made the Bills' trade up in the 2014 draft even more disastrous. The Bills are clearly petrified of Watkins suffering another injury and guaranteeing himself a massive payday for 2018 — option years are guaranteed for injury only — but they've backed themselves into a corner if Watkins has a monster 2017, something certainly not outside the realm of possibility for a massively-talented wideout who has yet to turn 24. The franchise tag costs more than the option. In a league placing an ever-increasing premium on high-end receiving talent, the Bills are playing fire with theirs. The Bills maybe shouldn't be letting someone who was a defensive coordinator just five months ago run their front office.
May 2 - 3:04 PM

The Buffalo News' Vic Carucci reports the Bills are "unlikely" to pick up Sammy Watkins' fifth-year option.

Reports of the Bills waffling on the decision have been circulating for a couple weeks, but it never seemed like a real choice considering Watkins' talent, how much Buffalo paid to get him, and their lack of options at receiver. Clearly, that assumption was incorrect. According to Carucci, the Bills "aren't comfortable" using the option while Watkins is still recovering from foot surgery. The deadline for a final decision is May 3. Buffalo added WR Zay Jones in the second round Friday night, but they need receiver help regardless of Watkins' health and contract situation.
Apr 29 - 9:16 AM

The Bills remain undecided on Sammy Watkins' fifth-year team option.

The Bills mortgaged the farm for Watkins in 2014, so we're guessing they're going to give him a fifth year. The problem is that option years are guaranteed for injury only, and Watkins has certainly established he's prone to missing time. Still somehow only 24 (in June), Watkins' youth will probably seal the deal in his favor.
Apr 20 - 2:29 PM

Sal Capaccio of WGR 550 Buffalo reports the Bills have yet to decide whether to pick up Sammy Watkins' fifth-year option.

The hesitation reportedly revolves around the receiver's lengthy injury history. Watkins has played 21 games total the last two seasons and has undergone surgery on the same foot twice. With the option year guaranteed for injury, the Bills could find themselves on the hook for just over $13 million for a player who is not on the field if Watkins reinjures his foot or suffers another significant injury. That is the risk any team takes in picking up the option, however, and Buffalo is not in a position to lose a talented receiver whom they gave up two first-round picks and a fourth to land. It will be surprising if they do not pick up the option.
Apr 15 - 9:58 AM

Sammy Watkins (foot surgery) is "on schedule" with his rehab.

That was the extent of coach Sean McDermott's "update" on Tuesday. The Bills have offered up a vague timeline for the oft-injured/operated on wideout, saying only he should be ready for training camp. Don't expect to see Watkins on the practice field this spring.
Mar 28 - 6:55 PM

Sammy Watkins underwent foot surgery on Friday, January 20.

The Buffalo News previously reported Watkins needed more surgery, so this note is just for bookkeeping purposes. The Bills announced the procedure and claimed Watkins should be ready for training camp in 2017. Watkins has now undergone two surgeries to address a Jones fracture in his foot. Not yet 24 years old, Watkins will need to overcome repeated early-career injury setbacks in order to realize his immense NFL ceiling.
Jan 20 - 4:19 PM

The Buffalo News reports Sammy Watkins will undergo another operation on his left foot.

Splendid. Watkins had said he was "leaning" against another operation, but evidently got bad news at his Monday physical. It's hardly unexpected after Watkins first went under the knife last spring, as "Jones" fractures have a high rate of requiring second surgeries. Watkins is still only 23, but has accrued one of the more troubling injury histories amongst skill players. It's unclear how soon Watkins will have the procedure, or how long he might be sidelined. He's all but certain to miss most of the offseason program.
Jan 2 - 2:00 PM

Sammy Watkins said he is "leaning" against having another surgery on his troublesome left foot.

"As of right now, no," Watkins said when asked about surgery. "They'll basically give me the outline on my offseason, whether I should get surgery or not. I'm leaning towards not." Watkins was limited to eight games by his recurring foot issues this season. It would be great for Watkins to finally get in a healthy offseason, but he should be focused on getting in the best position to play a full 16 games next season.
Source: ESPN
Jan 2 - 10:32 AM

Sammy Watkins reeled in four-of-nine targets for 31 yards Sunday in the Bills' Week 17 loss to the Jets.

He'll finish the year with 28 catches for 430 yards and two touchdowns in eight games. 2016 was more of the same for Watkins. He was wildly inconsistent with outcomes ranging from 10 yards to 154. Watkins was also hurt most of the time, which has been a recurring theme throughout his career. The Bills’ offense was fiercely run-centric, which also worked against Watkins. With an uncertain quarterback situation, Watkins will enter next season as a risky WR2.
Jan 1 - 4:39 PM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
PosRoleName
QB1Tyrod Taylor
2T.J. Yates
3Nathan Peterman
4Cardale Jones
RB1LeSean McCoy
2Jonathan Williams
3Joe Banyard
4Cedric O'Neal
5Jordan Johnson
GLB1LeSean McCoy
2Jonathan Williams
3RB1LeSean McCoy
2Mike Tolbert
FB1Patrick DiMarco
2Mike Tolbert
WR11Sammy Watkins
2Corey Brown
3Rod Streater
4Dezmin Lewis
5Brandon Reilly
WR21Zay Jones
2Andre Holmes
3Brandon Tate
4Jeremy Butler
5Rashad Ross
WR31Andre Holmes
TE1Charles Clay
2Nick O'Leary
3Logan Thomas
4Wes Saxton
5Keith Towbridge
LT1Cordy Glenn
2Michael Ola
3Cameron Jefferson
LG1Richie Incognito
2Zach Voytek
3Jordan Mudge
C1Eric Wood
2Ryan Groy
3Patrick Lewis
RG1John Miller
2Vlad Ducasse
3Greg Pyke
RT1Jordan Mills
2Dion Dawkins
3Seantrel Henderson
K1Stephen Hauschka