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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
Contract: view contract details

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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

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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

Sammy Watkins (foot) is questionable for Week 17 against the Jets.

Watkins was absent from Wednesday's practiced but returned a day later. There's never been any concern about his status for Sunday's finale. Watkins put up a season-best 154 yards in last week's loss to Miami but we're not as bullish on him with E.J. Manuel getting the nod at quarterback this week.
Fri, Dec 30, 2016 01:22:00 PM

Sammy Watkins believes the Bills need a culture change.

"Discipline — whatever around the locker room that needs to be addressed," Watkins said, obliquely addressing ex-coach Rex Ryan, who is known to be extremely player-friendly. "Just being a professional. As players, that’s got to get fixed first. And the coaches have got to be harder on us — not scared of us. Get at us, yell at us, curse at us. ... Whatever can get the player to do that job the best he can, that’s what he needs to do." Needless to say, none of that was Ryan's forte. The Bills might be too dysfunctional to make the right hire to replace Ryan.
Source: ABC Buffalo
Thu, Dec 29, 2016 03:22:00 PM

Sammy Watkins (foot) returned to practice Thursday.

Watkins has routinely sat out Wednesday sessions the last several weeks, but he always returns to practice Thursday and plays on Sunday. It looks like he will follow the same routine for the season finale. With E.J. Manuel getting the start over Tyrod Taylor, Watkins is nothing more than a dart-throw WR3 this week.
Source: ESPN
Thu, Dec 29, 2016 12:07:00 PM

Sammy Watkins (foot) did not practice Wednesday.

This has been his routine ever since coming back from I.R. Week 17 could be a bit different, however, with the Bills out of playoff contention.
Wed, Dec 28, 2016 02:54:00 PM

Sammy Watkins caught 7-of-10 targets for 154 yards and a touchdown in the Bills' Week 16 loss to the Dolphins.

Welcome to the season, Sammy. It was undoubtedly too little, too late for Watkins' fantasy owners, but both the catches and yards were easily new 2016 highs. The highlight was Watkins' 38-yard touchdown in the second quarter. Watkins was dealing with sticky coverage from Xavien Howard, but there was nothing Howard could do as Watkins still got a step on him. Bills' coaches will watch this film and wonder what might have been had Watkins been healthy this season. Watkins gets the Jets' nonexistent secondary in Week 17.
Sat, Dec 24, 2016 05:20:00 PM

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