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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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Coach Rex Ryan said the Percy Harvin signing was intended to "take a little pressure off Sammy Watkins."
"You might recall last year Sammy got doubled almost every snap," Ryan said. "You roll your coverage to him and all that. With a guy like Percy Harvin that's now going to be difficult to do." Watkins will remain the No. 1 target ahead of Harvin, Charles Clay and Robert Woods, but the Bills will ideally be among the league's most run-heavy offenses while trying to hide Matt Cassel/E.J. Manuel. Watkins profiles as a WR2 type in fantasy despite unique talent. Mar 23 - 8:28 AM

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New coach Rex Ryan showered Sammy Watkins with praise Sunday.

When Rex's Jets faced the Bills in Week 8, Watkins went for 157 yards and a touchdown. The next time they played, Ryan doubled the rookie wideout on every play. "Sammy is a one in every 10-year player that comes down the road," he said. It's clear Watkins will be a featured player for Rex and new OC Greg Roman, but there's plenty of reason for box-score concern. E.J. Manuel and Jeff Tuel are the only quarterbacks on the roster, Roman's track record isn't great with passing games and we know Ryan teams want to ground-n-pound.
Jan 20 - 11:52 AM

Appearing on Sunday NFL Countdown, ESPN's Adam Schefter reported ex-coach Doug Marrone "stormed out of the draft room" when the Bills traded up for Sammy Watkins in May's draft.

It's a display of an extreme disconnect between the coach and the front office. And it's not the only time Marrone, GM Doug Whaley, and CEO Russ Brandon butted heads. The three reportedly got into a heated argument on the practice field in front of the team and media during the season. As a result of the Watkins trade, the Bills are without a 2015 first-round pick. They also don't have a quarterback. Whaley is leading the Bills' search for a new head coach.
Jan 4 - 11:05 AM

Sammy Watkins caught 3-of-5 targets for 57 yards Week 17 against the Patriots.

Watkins hit the rookie wall hard in the second half of the season, but finished with a touchdown or 100 yards receiving in two of his last four games. Watkins finishes his rookie season with 65 catches for 982 yards and six touchdowns. One of the most talented receivers in what will turn out to be the best receiver class in the history of the NFL, Watkins' 2015 success hinges on how the Bills address their quarterback situation this offseason.
Sun, Dec 28, 2014 03:48:00 PM

Sammy Watkins caught three passes for 75 yards and one touchdown in the Bills' Week 16 loss to the Raiders.

He finished second on the team behind Fred Jackson (12) with his seven targets. Watkins kicked off the scoring with a 42-yard touchdown grab in D.J. Hayden's coverage. His other big play was a 15-yard catch just before halftime to set up a field goal. Watkins' touchdown was his first since Week 8, while his 75 yards were the second-most the past eight games. The Bills end the year in New England.
Sun, Dec 21, 2014 08:03:00 PM

Sammy Watkins managed one catch for 28 yards in the Bills' Week 15 win over the Packers.

He was targeted six times. Watkins has been held under 40 yards in five of his last six games. He hasn't scored a touchdown since Week 8. Watkins will be a boom-or-bust WR3 when the Bills travel to The Black Hole for Week 16.
Sun, Dec 14, 2014 05:01:00 PM

Sammy Watkins caught seven passes for 127 yards in Sunday's Week 14 loss at Denver.

Watkins' day started off in nightmare fashion as Bradley Roby stripped him for a lost fumble on his first catch. But the rookie picked himself up and showed he still has some juice left in his rookie year, going over 100 yards for the first time since Week 8. Event though a lot of that damage was done in garbage time, it's good to see Watkins beating 1-on-1 coverage and making the plays we know he's capable of. He'll be a WR3 in another tough matchup against the Packers in Week 15.
Sun, Dec 7, 2014 08:16:00 PM

Sammy Watkins (hip) remained limited in Thursday's practice.

Most signs suggest Watkins will be ready to go against the Broncos, but in a monthlong funk, he can't be trusted as more than a WR3 at less than 100 percent.
Thu, Dec 4, 2014 06:01:00 PM

When asked if Sammy Watkins has hit a rookie wall, coach Doug Marrone said, "I hope not."

Marrone is the kind of coach that never speaks negatively about his players, always making some kind of excuse for poor play. So it's a bit eye-opening that he didn't leap to Watkins' defense. Over the last four weeks the No. 4 overall pick has struggled badly to get open and make plays, averaging 3.2 catches for 26.2 yards with no touchdowns. The sledding doesn't get any easier this week as Watkins has to face Chris Harris and company in Denver.
Thu, Dec 4, 2014 10:55:00 AM

Sammy Watkins (hip) was limited in Wednesday's practice.

It puts Watkins on track to play Week 14 against the Broncos after he played all 66 snaps in Week 13 despite the injury. With Kyle Orton refusing to take any shots on the outside, Watkins has fallen into WR3 territory for Sunday.
Wed, Dec 3, 2014 02:09:00 PM

According to WGR 550 Buffalo, the Bills are in "wait-and-see mode" as it pertains to Sammy Watkins' (hip) Week 14 availability.

"I don't know. I really don't," coach Doug Marrone said of Watkins' Week 14 status. "I'll have a better gauge on it on Wednesday." It sounds like Watkins is day to day. We'd bet he winds up playing in Week 14 against the Broncos, but that is far from a guarantee. We'll be tracking practice reports all week.
Mon, Dec 1, 2014 05:30:00 PM

Sammy Watkins suffered a hip injury in Sunday's win over the Browns.

Watkins played 66-of-66 snaps against the Browns, so it's unclear when he was injured. The fact that Watkins didn't miss a snap suggests he'll be fine for Week 14, but his status can't be taken for granted. Watkins has shown a propensity for nicks and bruises as a rookie, and struggled mightily as Kyle Orton's play has gone downhill.
Mon, Dec 1, 2014 03:15:00 PM

Sammy Watkins caught 3-of-9 targets for just 11 yards in Buffalo's Week 13 win over the Browns.

Stuck in Joe Haden's shadow, Watkins had zero room to operate. He was the target on each of Kyle Orton's interceptions, neither of which came close to being a completion. Things won't get much easier for Watkins against the Broncos' stout secondary in Week 14. With Orton's play going off a cliff, Watkins has settled in as a boom-or-bust WR2/3.
Sun, Nov 30, 2014 05:22:00 PM

Sammy Watkins had three catches for 35 yards in Monday night's Week 12 win over the Jets.

The Jets were able to keep Watkins in check after he burned them for a 3/157/1 line in Week 8. He was targeted just five times, and the Bills rested him in the fourth quarter. Watkins has struggled while playing through his groin injury, with just 10 catches over his last three games. He figures to be shadowed by Browns CB Joe Haden next week, making him more of a low-end WR2.
Mon, Nov 24, 2014 11:12:00 PM

Sammy Watkins (groin) is listed as probable for Monday's game against the Jets.

Watkins practiced in full the last two days. He's a high-end WR2 for Week 12.
Sat, Nov 22, 2014 05:04:00 PM