The Buffalo Bills are hoping that their pick at #4 overall in the 2014 draft will be a game changer for them. That pick was wide receiver Sammy Watkins out of Clemson. And I think they got the playmaker they’ve been missing for a long time.
Watkins is 6’1 with decent size and speed. His hands are exceptional and he just has that “knack” for getting to the ball. He turned in some spectacular highlights while at Clemson so all you need to do is check them out on YouTube and you can see his potential.
While training camps are just under way, reports are that Watkins looks super good. His route running is crisp and he’s making highlight reel plays. OK…yeah….I know….it’s only training camp. But what you have to understand is that he’s quickly developing an “in sync” rhythm with second year quarterback E.J. Manuel. If these guys can get the right feel for each other the Bills can be extremely dangerous.
Now think for a minute, who have the Bills had at WR that would scare a defense? Recently, Stevie Johnson at best? In the past I can think of Peerless Price, Eric Moulds, Andre Reed and Lee Evans. Hell, I’ll even through in Don Beebe. What I’m getting at is Watkins is the type of player Buffalo has never had in their history. They have never truly had a major outside receiving, deep-threat weapon like Watkins. The potential and skillset is there but do the Bills know what to do with him?
From a fantasy perspective, It’s tough to guage Watkins. Remember, he is a rookie, playing for a second year head coach in Doug Marrone, with a second year QB in E.J. Manuel, playing in the AFC East. That looks tough already. However, he has the skills and talent to overcome his circumstances. Word is that he’s a very humble kid with a fantastic work ethic. And if things keep progressing the way reports are coming out of Bills’ camp, there’s no doubt that this guy could be a hot value pick in your draft.
Predictions with rookies are always tough and the Bills’ schedule looks pretty tough, as well. But I’m still going to say that Watkins will be a nice WR2 in fantasy football when the year is over. I would say he has around 70 receptions for almost 1,000 yards and 8 TD’s; and of those 8 TD’s I think 5 are long ball bonus-point TD’s of around 50 yards or more. In other words, yes, you should draft Sammy Watkins in fantasy football leagues this year.
Sammy Watkins has all the skills and the right mindset to be a fantastic player. When it’s all said and done, I think Watkins will go down as the best receiver in Buffalo Bills history and hold every team receiving record.