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Mon, 01 Sep 2014 21:51:18 -0700
Buffalo Bills WR Sammy Watkins (ribs) said he felt fine after practice Monday, Sept. 1, and hopes to be on the field in Week 1.
Fantasy Tip: Unless he experiences a setback, Watkins will likely be on the field in the season opener. He has a decent matchup against a Chicago secondary that ranked 15th in pass yards allowed last year, and Watkins is worth starting in leagues that require three receivers.
Mon, 01 Sep 2014 10:12:06 -0700
Buffalo Bills WR Sammy Watkins (ribs) is participating in practice Monday, Sept. 1.
Fantasy Tip: It appears like Watkins will be ready to play Week 1 despite injured ribs. Owners should consider Watkins as a No. 3 wide receiver this week.
Fri, 29 Aug 2014 12:08:17 -0700
Updating a previous report, Buffalo Bills WR Sammy Watkins (ribs) did not suffer a serious rib injury in the team's final preseason game, and will be good to go for Week 1.
Fantasy Tip: While this is good news, Watkins should be viewed as a WR3 heading into the regular season.
Fri, 29 Aug 2014 05:44:44 -0700
Buffalo Bills WR Sammy Watkins (ribs) suffered an injury to his ribs in the same area as his previous one, according to sources.
Fantasy Tip: It's premature to speculate, but keep an eye on his Week 1 status.
Thu, 28 Aug 2014 16:59:46 -0700
Buffalo Bills WR Sammy Watkins (ribs) has now been ruled out for the remainder of tonight's game with a rib injury after originally being ruled as questionable.
Thu, 28 Aug 2014 16:42:07 -0700
Updating a previous report, Buffalo Bills WR Sammy Watkins (ribs) is questionable to return with a rib injury.
Fantasy Tip: Obviously this injury should be monitored. Watkins has about a week and a half of rest before the regular season opener.
Thu, 28 Aug 2014 16:25:13 -0700
Buffalo Bills WR Sammy Watkins (ribs) left the team's final preseason game with an apparent injury. There was no indication if Watkins aggravated his ribs.
Fantasy Tip: It was risky for the Bills to start Watkins in the first place. If Watkins did indeed reinjure his ribs he could be looking at missing some regular season playing time.
Thu, 28 Aug 2014 14:59:24 -0700
Buffalo Bills WR Sammy Watkins (ribs) could play in the team's final preseason game Thursday, Aug. 28, though it likely wouldn't be for long.
Fantasy Tip: Watkins should be ready for the regular season opener and is regarded as the Bills' top receiver this year. However, he's surrounded by shoddy quarterback play and a lackluster receiving corps, which somewhat hinder his potential. He could still be worth a WR3 spot on your roster.
Mon, 25 Aug 2014 15:26:02 -0700
Buffalo Bills WR Sammy Watkins (ribs) fully participated in practice Monday, Aug. 25. Watkins said he will be able to play in the final preseason game if needed.
Fantasy Tip: Watkins probably will have a big role in the team's passing game this season. Watkins likely will be a weekly flex option for owners and should come off draft boards in the middle rounds.
Sat, 23 Aug 2014 12:29:20 -0700
Buffalo Bills WR Sammy Watkins (ribs) is inactive for the team's preseason game Saturday, Aug. 23.
Fantasy Tip: This is probably just precautionary. Watkins should be fine for the regular season.
Thu, 21 Aug 2014 19:15:43 -0700
Buffalo Bills WR Sammy Watkins (ribs) did not participate in team drills during practice Thursday, Aug. 21, and he has not been cleared to play in the team's preseason game Saturday, Aug. 23.
Fantasy Tip: Watkins has more than enough talent to produce like a WR3 as a rookie, but he continues to miss time that he could be using to develop a rapport with EJ Manuel. Missing time in the preseason won't destroy Watkins' value, but it could lead to a slower start than previously expected.
Thu, 21 Aug 2014 07:33:48 -0700
Buffalo Bills WR Sammy Watkins (ribs) is in full pads for practice Thursday, Aug. 21.
Fantasy Tip: It's a good sign for Watkins, who probably needs to play in the third preseason game for his WR3 fantasy stock to avoid taking a hit.
Wed, 20 Aug 2014 05:58:08 -0700
Buffalo Bills WR Sammy Watkins (ribs) did not take part in practice in routes against defenders Wednesday, Aug. 20.
Fantasy Tip: Watkins is day to day, and his draft stock shouldn't be affected yet.
Tue, 19 Aug 2014 18:22:05 -0700
Buffalo Bills WR Sammy Watkins (ribs) returned to practice on a limited basis Tuesday, Aug. 19. Watkins said he could play in a game, but head coach Doug Marrone said he hasn't decided if Watkins will play in the team's next preseason game Saturday, Aug. 23.
Fantasy Tip: Fantasy owners can expect some growing pains from the rookie receiver, but the Bills traded up in the draft for Watkins for a reason. He is going to be the centerpiece of the team's passing attack, and he should only improve as he and EJ Manuel become more comfortable with each other. Draft him as a WR3 in standard formats, and don't be afraid to pull the trigger a little earlier in keeper leagues.
Mon, 18 Aug 2014 17:24:16 -0700
Buffalo Bills WR Sammy Watkins (ribs) is day-to-day after tests confirmed that he suffered bruised ribs in the team's preseason game Saturday, Aug. 16, according to a person close to the situation.
Fantasy Tip: It looks like Watkins could miss a few days of practice, but there is nothing to suggest Watkins is in danger of missing the start of the regular season.
Mon, 18 Aug 2014 14:54:53 -0700
Buffalo Bills WR Sammy Watkins (ribs) did not practice Monday, Aug. 18.
Fantasy Tip: Watkins did not break his ribs, so he should be good to go for Week 1 unless there is a setback. That being said, he should be drafted as a WR3 in standard leagues.
Sat, 16 Aug 2014 19:12:42 -0700
Buffalo Bills WR Sammy Watkins (ribs) is fine after leaving the team's preseason game Saturday, Aug. 16.
Sat, 16 Aug 2014 16:44:41 -0700
Buffalo Bills WR Sammy Watkins (undisclosed) left the preseason game Saturday, Aug. 16, and was grabbing his back or arm area.
Fantasy Tip: Stay tuned for updates as there isn't enough information to make assumptions.
Mon, 28 Jul 2014 19:27:53 -0700
Buffalo Bills WR Sammy Watkins watched a majority of the drills from the sidelines Monday, July 28, in what was described as a rest day. WR Chris Hogan received reps with the first-team in Watkins' place.
Tue, 22 Jul 2014 06:35:33 -0700
Buffalo Bills WR Sammy Watkins is running exclusively with the first-team offense in practice.
Fantasy Tip: Watkins has impressed early on in camp, and the hype is starting to build. Be careful not to overvalue him as more than a WR4 with upside in your drafts.
Mon, 21 Jul 2014 17:52:12 -0700
Buffalo Bills WR Sammy Watkins made several big plays in practice Monday, July 21, according to ESPN.com's Mike Rodak. Watkins beat CB Leodis McKelvin deep, hauled in a pass over three defenders and caught a pass in traffic on a crossing pattern.
Fantasy Tip: Watkins is showing why the Bills traded up in the draft to grab him. You should always expect a few bumps in the road with a rookie receiver, but for fantasy purposes, Watkins is a WR3 with upside.
Mon, 21 Jul 2014 14:35:30 -0700
Updating a previous report, Buffalo Bills WR Sammy Watkins was poked in the eye during practice Monday, July 21. Watkins returned after temporarily leaving the field.
Mon, 21 Jul 2014 13:12:39 -0700
Buffalo Bills WR Sammy Watkins returned to practice Monday, July 21, after leaving with an apparent forehead injury.
Fantasy Tip: Watkins was reportedly making plays all over the field before the incident. As long as he's healthy, he'll likely be the team's No. 1 receiving option. He's currently in WR4 territory, but his stock could rise if he continues to impress.
Sun, 20 Jul 2014 18:43:37 -0700
Buffalo Bills QB EJ Manuel went 4-for-4 on passes to WR Sammy Watkins during team drills Sunday, July 20.
Fantasy Tip: The fantasy value of both players hinges on how well they can connect, and Sunday's results were definitely a good start. Watkins should still be drafted as a WR3 at this point, but his stock is only going to rise if he and Manuel continue to show chemistry.
Thu, 03 Jul 2014 13:26:26 -0700
Buffalo Bills WR Marquise Goodwin appears to be the leading candidate for the kick return job entering training camp but will have to compete with WR T.J. Graham, CB Leodis McKelvin, RB C.J. Spiller and WR Sammy Watkins for the job.
Fri, 27 Jun 2014 05:45:42 -0700
Buffalo Bills WR Sammy Watkins said his chemistry with QB EJ Manuel is not fully there. "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."
Mon, 16 Jun 2014 11:05:09 -0700
Buffalo Bills rookie WR Sammy Watkins is still learning the mental aspects of football, according to a source, such as lining up after the huddle and reading defenses. Teammates reportedly had to show Watkins where to go at times. Additionally, the final week of practice was said to be his worst as far as drops are concerned.
Fantasy Tip: Watkins may still be the team's best receiver in terms of talent. He's only a rookie so it will take some time for him to get used to the offense and playing at the professional level. At this point, it's best to draft Watkins as a WR3 in standard leagues.
Fri, 06 Jun 2014 19:44:13 -0700
Buffalo Bills offensive-coordinator Nathaniel Hackett believes the offense is improving on the up-tempo style from last year. Hackett pointed to the development of QB EJ Manuel and the addition of WR Sammy Watkins among the reasons for the improvement.
Fantasy Tip: Ideally, an up-tempo offense means more plays and more opportunities for the team's main weapons. However, Manuel and company likely have a long way to go before establishing week-to-week consistency, and the weather in Buffalo won't help the cause.
Thu, 05 Jun 2014 16:47:05 -0700
Buffalo Bills WR Sammy Watkins said he has been working on improving his route running during organized team activities and believes he is making progress. "I'm getting better. There are probably two or three routes that I still have to work on," Watkins said. "Overall, I think I'm looking similar to the older guys in the offense and I think I'm picking it up real fast."
Wed, 04 Jun 2014 13:54:32 -0700
The NFL has disapproved the contract Buffalo Bills WR Sammy Watkins signed with the team.
Tue, 03 Jun 2014 14:12:47 -0700
Buffalo Bills WR Sammy Watkins was arguably the best player on the field Tuesday, June 3, during organized team activities. Watkins made eight catches, including a 70-yard touchdown catch on a deep-post route, which appeared to be out of a broken play. Bills QB EJ Manuel also hit Watkins on a deep crossing pattern for 25 yards and on a deep ball for a 35-yard gain on the left sideline.
Thu, 29 May 2014 11:58:05 -0700
Buffalo Bills LB Manny Lawson (undisclosed), DT Alan Branch (undisclosed) and WR Sammy Watkins (undisclosed) were not at practice Thursday, May 29, which was expected.
Wed, 28 May 2014 10:53:15 -0700
The Buffalo Bills have signed first-round draft choice WR Sammy Watkins. Terms of the contract were not disclosed, but all contracts signed by draft picks are four-year deals, according to NFL rules.
Fri, 09 May 2014 14:01:55 -0700
The Buffalo Bills believe WR Sammy Watkins will contribute to their offense "immediately," and they view him among the likes of Atlanta Falcons WR Julio Jones and Cincinnati Bengals WR A.J. Green. Watkins is expected to be the team's No. 1 wideout, followed by WR Robert Woods. After that, the team will find a way to fit WRs Mike Williams, Marquise Goodwin and T.J. Graham into the picture.
Fantasy Tip: It's always risky to expect too much out of a wideout in his first season, especially as he grows with young QB EJ Manuel. Still, Watkins has the tools to be great, even in his first year. For now, consider him a WR3 until we see more.
Fri, 09 May 2014 07:10:17 -0700
Buffalo Bills WR Sammy Watkins was the top player on a handful of teams' draft boards.
Thu, 08 May 2014 17:36:44 -0700
The Buffalo Bills selected Clemson WR Sammy Watkins with the fourth overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft.
Fantasy Tip: The Bills grab another weapon for EJ Manuel. Watkins oozes talent but may have a rough fantasy go this year. A sound pick wouldn't pit him as anything more than a WR4 to allow some insurance for taking the chance on his talent.
Thu, 08 May 2014 07:18:07 -0700
The Oakland Raiders are believed to prefer Texas A&M WR Mike Evans to Clemson WR Sammy Watkins, according to sources. Evans could end up being drafted in the top five of the NFL Draft.
Wed, 07 May 2014 18:02:59 -0700
The Oakland Raiders are likely deciding between three players with the No. 5 overall selection in the NFL Draft, should they stay at the spot and not trade out. Texas A&M WR Mike Evans, University of Buffalo LB Khalil Mack and Clemson WR Sammy Watkins are believed to be on the team's wish list at No. 5.
Wed, 07 May 2014 12:20:14 -0700
Texas A&M WR Mike Evans could be a top-five pick in the NFL Draft, according to league sources. The expectation is that Clemson WR Sammy Watkins will be selected first and Evans will go quickly after him.
Tue, 06 May 2014 20:36:40 -0700
If the Tampa Bay Buccaneers move up from the No. 7 overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft to the No. 2 overall pick, it will be to select Texas A&M QB Johnny Manziel, and not Clemson WR Sammy Watkins.
Tue, 06 May 2014 15:22:06 -0700
Clemson WR Sammy Watkins told NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport the Detroit Lions have made it clear they are very serious about potentially trading up for him in the NFL Draft.
Tue, 06 May 2014 12:56:25 -0700
The New York Giants did not meet with Clemson WR Sammy Watkins.
Tue, 06 May 2014 12:53:47 -0700
The New York Jets did not meet with Clemson WR Sammy Watkins.
Tue, 06 May 2014 12:46:15 -0700
Clemson WR Sammy Watkins said he has had multiple meetings with the Detroit Lions. It is possible the Lions will trade up to draft Watkins.
Tue, 06 May 2014 12:36:41 -0700
Clemson WR Sammy Watkins said he'd love to be drafted by the Detroit Lions. "I'd be very happy to end up there. I wouldn't have to be a superhero (due to Megatron)," Watkins said.
Tue, 06 May 2014 10:45:54 -0700
Detroit Lions general manager Martin Mayhew said he was enamored with Clemson WR Sammy Watkins. Watkins is expected to be a top-five pick, but the Lions could trade up from the 10th spot in order to select Watkins. "Sammy's a very talented guy," Mayhew said. "He would fit us; he can make plays. His track record speaks for itself, I think."
Sun, 04 May 2014 13:11:05 -0700
The St. Louis Rams are expected to pass on Clemson WR Sammy Watkins with the second pick in the 2014 NFL Draft.
Fri, 02 May 2014 16:46:58 -0700
The Oakland Raiders may consider selecting Clemson WR Sammy Watkins or Texas A&M WR Mike Evans in the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft if they are available when they pick.
Thu, 01 May 2014 13:18:21 -0700
NFL.com draft analyst Mike Mayock believes as many as six wide receivers will come off the board in Round 1 of the NFL Draft. WRs Sammy Watkins (Clemson), Mike Evans (Texas A&M), Odell Beckham (LSU), Brandin Cooks (Oregon State), Kelvin Benjamin (Florida State) and Marqise Lee (USC) are the players he has named as potential first-round selections.
Wed, 30 Apr 2014 20:25:47 -0700
According to a poll of 17 NFL personnel men, Clemson WR Sammy Watkins received 15 votes as the top wide receiver of the 2014 NFL Draft class. He was followed by Texas A&M WR Mike Evans, Louisiana State WR Odell Beckham (he received the other two top votes), Oregon State WR Brandin Cooks, Southern California WR Marqise Lee and Vanderbilt WR Jordan Matthews. From a subjective list of the top 14 wide receivers, only Matthews was a senior.