Watkins, who underwent a second surgery on his foot following the 2016 season, has been progressing well. "I've had a couple of conversations with Sammy," new coach Sean McDermott told BuffaloBills.com. "He's on schedule at this time and no setbacks." Watkins' continued foot issues led him to a miserable third season, where he was only able to play in eight games and logged just two scores and 43 receiving yards in those contests. A healthy Watkins is a brilliant receiver, however, so it'd be interesting to see what he can do if he's able to put the foot issues behind him. That said, he's worked at less than 100 percent for nearly all of his three NFL seasons, while the Bills remain unsettled at quarterback and could enter the 2017 season with a lack of talent at wideout besides Watkins. It'd be a boon to his value if the team brought back quarterback Tyrod Taylor, a decision that'll be made within the next week.
Watkins underwent a second surgery on his left foot late last week. While the Bills did not offer a precise timetable for Watkins' recovery, the procedure reportedly went well and it's expected that the team's top wideout will be ready to participate in training camp this coming July. The bigger question mark at this time is who will be throwing Watkins passes in 2017, with QB Tyrod Taylor's future in Buffalo uncertain.
Watkins is expected to undergo another procedure on his broken left foot this offseason, the Buffalo News reports. Last April, Watkins had surgery on a Jones fracture of the fifth metatarsal in his left foot, which lingered into the regular season and eventually resulted in a midseason stint on injured reserve. Upon his return in Week 12, he hauled in at least three passes in five of six games, while playing on a known fracture in the aforementioned foot. Despite the trials on the injury front, he managed 28 catches (on 52 targets) for 430 yards and two scores across eight contests on the campaign. If he indeed goes under the knife in the coming weeks or months, the 23-year-old will be aiming to complete the first injury-free season of his career in 2017.
Watkins, who continued to play through his foot injury Sunday against the Jets, logged four catches (on nine targets) for 31 yards in the Bills' season-ending 30-10 loss. Watkins, who also dealt with a hip issue Sunday, will look to recover from his aches and pains now that his 2016 campaign is in the books. With that in mind, another offseason surgery remains a possibility for the wideout, though Watkins has noted that he might be able to avoid such a procedure if his foot continues to slowly heal in the coming weeks/months.
Watkins (foot) is listed as active for Sunday's game against the Jets. Watkins will be catching passes Sunday from EJ Manuel, instead of Tyrod Taylor, who targeted the wideout 10 times in Week 16, leading to a season-best seven-catch, 154-yard (with a touchdown) effort for Watkins. The Bills' top wideout will thus tough it out one more time through his foot issue, but if there's any issue at all on that front as Sunday's game rolls along, we'd expect the Bills to proceed cautiously with the 2014 first-rounder, who will enter year four of his rookie deal in 2017.
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