Watkins (foot), who's unable to participate in OTAs this week, is not expected back on the field until training camp, The Buffalo News reports. Watkins continues to work through a major injury that's required two surgeries and valuable time on the field, not to mention that he still needs to get more comfortable with quarterback Tyrod Taylor. It remains clear that Watkins has all kinds of upside as the clear-cut No. 1 receiver for the Bills, though we'll note he only put up more than 80 yards once in eight games last year and has missed 11 games over the past two seasons to injuries.
Watkins (foot) isn't expected to participate in this week's OTAs, Chris Brown of BuffaloBills.com reports. Watkins is reportedly on schedule following a second foot surgery, though it would be nice to see him working out on a regular basis by the time summer rolls around. The former first-round pick still has the talent of an elite receiver, but he'll certainly carry an injury risk on draft day after missing three games in 2015 and eight last season. He has a long way to go to prove the foot isn't an issue.
Watkins (foot) did not have his fifth-year option exercised by the Bills, ESPN.com's Mike Rodak reports. The Bills are taking a wait-and-see approach with Watkins, who has missed 11 games over the last two seasons due to complications with his surgically-repaired foot. If he plays up to his standard on the field and avoids the injury bug in 2017, the Bills could place the franchise tag on the dynamic wideout. Otherwise, Watkins will enter free agency and perhaps be one of the top names on the open market.
Although Watkins (foot) has been a spectator at voluntary workouts this week, he's getting close to a return to the field, BuffaloBills.com reports. "Yeah, Sammy looks good. He's right on schedule," new coach Sean McDermott said. "There [have] been no setbacks. I know he's chomping at the bit to get back on the field and we're anxious to have him back on the field, in all honesty. We just expect him right now to keep attacking that rehab process for us like he has been to this point." The foot issue has been lingering for a long time, and both Watkins and the team hope he can finally get past it following a second surgery. He has plenty of time to get fully healed before his fourth season, when he'll be the team's best wideout by far, though it's likely the Bills take a receiver with one of their first two selections in the upcoming draft to at least give them another weapon for the passing game.
Watkins (foot) was stationed on an exercise bike during the start of the Bills' voluntary workouts Monday, ESPN's Mike Rodak reports. Watkins is coming off a second surgery on his left foot back in January, so it's of no surprise that he isn't ready to participate in on-field activities yet. That being said, Buffalo's top wideout still has plenty of time to recover, and is fully expected to be back up to speed in time for training camp. Off the field, Watkins has another situation to monitor, as the Bills have until May 2 to decide whether to pick up his fifth-year option.
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|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|1||09/10||New York Jets||19||22.75|
|7||10/22||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||20||22.88|
|9||11/03||@New York Jets||19||22.75|
|10||11/12||New Orleans Saints||29||24.75|
|11||11/19||@Los Angeles Chargers||10||20.75|
|12||11/26||@Kansas City Chiefs||18||22.41|
|13||12/03||New England Patriots||7||19.74|
|16||12/24||@New England Patriots||7||19.74|
|3 Year Avg||92||51||820||6||36||16.08||118|