Coach Rex Ryan says he'd like to see more passes thrown Watkins' way, The Buffalo News reports. "We've got to find ways to get him the football," Ryan said this week, "because he is that talented and that's a challenge to our staff. Even our quarterback. Let's get Sammy Watkins involved more and regardless of what people play because he is such a talent." The ledger for Watkins receiving more looks now has Ryan, Watkins, Watkins' agent, and about 10 million Bills fans on its side, but sometimes that's easier said than done. While the Bills have better offensive weapons this season, there's still a pretty decent drop-off between Watkins and his fellow receivers. So he almost always sees the opponent's best cover man, or blanket coverage, or both. The team used Chris Hogan effectively for an entire game against the Patriots to combat this, so eventually Watkins might see not only more looks, but effective ones. Tyrod Taylor, as good as he's been, still struggles with his passes sometimes and his improvement in gaining more rapport with Watkins can only help boost his numbers, too.
Watkins (ankle) is listed as active for Thursday night's game against the Jets. The Jets' secondary is currently banged up, but at least Darrelle Revis is healthy and he figures to shadow Watkins, who caught all eight of his targets for 168 yards and a TD in the Bills' 33-17 win over the Dolphins in Week 9. While it's not an ideal matchup for the talented wideout, we'd expect that Watkins will still see his share of looks Thursday, though a potential byproduct of the attention he's likely to draw from Revis is that the likes of fellow wideout Robert Woods and tight end Charles Clay could see increased opportunities in Buffalo's Week 10 offense.
Watkins (ankle) is listed as probable for Thursday night's game against the Jets. In his return to action in Week 9, Watkins caught all eight of his targets for 168 yards and a TD in the Bills' 33-17 win over the Dolphins. As long as he is able to avoid any injury setbacks, the talented second-year wideout is destined to remain a focal point of Buffalo's attack moving forward.
Watkins (ankle) was listed as a limited participant in Tuesday's practice, Joe Buscaglia of WKBW Buffalo reports. Watkins' ankle is still not 100 percent, but the fact he was able to get some work in at the Bills' two practices of the week bodes well for his chances of playing Thursday against the Jets, even with a short week of practice. The Bills will officially reveal Watkins' status for Week 10 when they conclude practice Wednesday.
ESPN's Mike Rodak relays that Watkins (ankle) was walking with "a slight but noticeable limp" at the Bills' Monday walk-through. The Bills listed Watkins as a limited participant in Monday's session, so his status for Thursday's game against the Jets will need to be monitored, but with no reported significant setbacks with his ankle injury, we suspect that Watkins' limping Monday could simply be routine (and understandable) soreness, on the heels of having played in Sunday's win over the Dolphins.
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