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|In a bold draft-day move the Bills traded their eighth overall pick and their 2015 first-round pick to move up to the fourth pick in order to select Clemson wide receiver Sammy Watkins. That should tell fantasy owners all they need to know. Watkins will be heavily targeted even as a rookie. Recent trends have shown that rookie wide receivers have been better suited in making the jump from the college game to the professional game than in the past. Nevertheless fantasy owners will still need to temper expectations. Watkins has rare acceleration after the catch. The Bills could use him in many of the same ways his college team used him on bubble screens and shorter pass routes. The offense will rely on him to make plays after the catch. Watkins is not physically imposing at 6'1 and 210 pounds, but he does have tremendous leg strength and excels at breaking tackles. He should immediately step into the Bills' starting lineup, so the opportunity will be there for him to produce. Don't reach for him, but if he does fall in drafts he'll likely be a better option than a mediocre veteran who may be left on the board when it's time for you to make a selection.
| Sammy Watkins practices in full|
By: Mike Krueger | Wed Sep 3, 1:00 pm
|Rookie wide receiver Sammy Watkins was a full participant in practice, after a pair of rib injuries in the preseason knocked him out of two games and forced him to miss a third.
Were just going to wait and see for the game [on Watkins], Marrone said, when pressed for more information. (ProFootballTalk)|
FFToday's Take: The head coach isn't going to give anything away but all indications are that Watkins will be able to play on Sunday against the Bears. Watkins was dinged twice in the ribs this preseason. The Bills looked shaky on offense which has deflated Watkins' value over the last couple weeks. His Week 1 matchup frightening, but the Bills quarterback play is.
| Sammy Watkins leaves with rib injury|
Bills receiver suffers yet another rib injury this preseason
By: Mike Krueger | Thu Aug 28, 6:58 pm
|WR Sammy Watkins (ribs) downgraded to out for the game. (Tim Graham via Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Watkins initially injured his ribs earlier this preseason and it appears the hit he took was on the same side (left). Watkins and starting QB EJ Manuel started the fourth preseason game because the Bills No.1 offensive unit has been putrid this preseason. More to come on the severity of Watkins' injury...
|Watkins no longer limited at practice|
Missed Bills' last preseason contest with rib injury
By: Doug Orth | Mon Aug 25, 4:25 pm
|Buffalo HC Doug Marrone said that Sammy Watkins (ribs) practiced Monday without any limitations. Presumably, this means Watkins will be healthy and ready to play in Week 1. Watkins practiced last week, but he was limited and he didn't play vs. the Buccaneers in preseason game No. 3. (CBS Sports)|
FFToday's Take: The injury and the Bills' reluctance to throw the ball downfield this preseason has effectively quieted the offseason buzz on Watkins. Still, the No. 4 overall pick is one of the more complete receivers to enter the league in recent years and should be able to perform at a low-end WR3 level in 2014 - even if QB E.J. Manuel fails to show much improvement - thanks to his unique run-after-catch skills.