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WR Sammy Watkins - Buffalo Bills

6-1, 211Born: 6-14-1993College: ClemsonDrafted: Round 1, pick 4

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Recent Game Summaries

2016 Week 17 vs NYJ (9 / 4 / 31 / 0 rec)

Despite the readily apparent inadequacies of E.J. Manuel, Sammy Watkins still caught some balls against the Jets and finished the day with the most targets for the game for the Bills. Unfortunately, he will be having another operation on his foot during the offseason. Watkins is a supremely talented player but the amount of injuries he has had thus far in his short career is a distinctly negative sign. If he can get healthy before the next season starts (and can avoid injury over the course of it), he will be a great resource for whomever the Bills QB happens to be.

2016 Week 16 vs MIA (10 / 7 / 154 / 1 rec)

Sammy Watkins had a great day tearing up the Dolphins' defense. He did miss a deep ball because he couldn't track the ball in the air and Tyrod Taylor underthrew a pass while Watkins was streaking down the field but almost every other target ended with a catch. He was able to tiptoe inbounds on a sideline catch and caught a beautiful throw in the endzone for a passing TD. This was Watkins' best game of the season and it's not particularly close. If Watkins can close the season out strong, and avoid getting injured before Week 1 2017, the Bills will know that they have a #1 WR.

2016 Week 15 vs CLE (4 / 1 / 10 / 0 rec)

Sammy Watkins was once again a victim of the success of the running game and of errant Tyrod Taylor passes. Because LeSean McCoy was eating the defense on every play, the Bills did not need to rely on their most talented receiver. When Watkins was targeted, Taylor was having trouble connecting with him. It's unfortunate but this Bills' offense really does not play to Watkins' strengths.

2016 Week 14 vs PIT (6 / 4 / 54 / 1 rec)

Sammy Watkins looked to be the best offensive player for the Bills against the Steelers. He was able to cleanly beat his defender for a nice TD catch and he somehow managed to drag his feet before running out of bounds on a great catch. He also had a close call early in the game but the review showed that the ball hit the ground. Unfortunately for Watkins, the Bills are not designed to be a passing offense and that keeps him from realizing his full potential.

2016 Week 13 vs OAK (9 / 3 / 38 / 0 rec)

Sammy Watkins received the most targets on the Bills but multiple defenders and poor Taylor throws brought down his game. The Raiders knew that Watkins was the Bills only real vertical threat so shaded defenders to his side of the field. Despite that, Watkins was able to get separation from his man fairly consistently and made holes for Taylor to throw into. Unfortunately, Taylor kept missing those holes with wayward passes. Watkins' statline should have been higher after this game but he can't do everything. Watkins shows his skill week in and week out, even when banged up, but the Bills cannot seem to take advantage of it.

2016 Week 12 vs JAX (3 / 3 / 80 / 0 rec)

Even with only 3 targets, Sammy Watkins did a lot for the Bills against the Jags. On his first opportunity, Watkins made a diving catch. For his second, Watkins made a jumping catch. Finally, on a go route, Watkins got a half-step on his defender and caught a well-thrown Tyrod Taylor bomb for 62 yards. Watkins was clearly not 100% in this game and it showed based on his lack of opportunities. But even a hobbled Sammy Watkins can make the big plays. He will be back to his #1 role in this offense soon enough but the question remains whether that really matters in a passing game as poor as this.

2016 Week 2 vs NYJ (5 / 2 / 20 / 0 rec)

The Bills' best receiver had a decent amount of targets but was tightly covered for most of the game. Even when unable to break away, Sammy Watkins was still almost able to make a highlight reel play catching the ball over a defender draped over him. Later in the game, when Watkins was able to beat a defender off the press and was streaking down the sidelines a few steps ahead, Tyrod Taylor floated the pass and the DB (who had gotten beat) was in perfect position to intercept the ball. The new OC may bring Watkins more to the forefront of this offense or he may reduce Watkins' role even more. Things will be more clear after the Bills' Week 3 game.

2016 Week 1 vs BAL (6 / 4 / 43 / 0 rec)

In a day where the Bills were not taking shots downfield, Sammy Watkins had a reduced role. His route running seems to have improved from last year and he was able to consistently gain separation. When he eventually was targeted in tight coverage, the pass was high which made it a difficult (and incomplete) catch. Watkins is a great player but the Bills will most likely have days similar to their opener again. On top of that, there have been media reports after the game that he is still suffering discomfort from his surgically-repaired foot. The outcome of his medical situation will determine his value to the Bills this season.

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