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Bills WR Sammy Watkins impresses on first day of practice

By Josh Katzowitz | NFL Writer

Sammy Watkins had a good first day of practice. (USATSI)
Sammy Watkins had a good first day of practice. (USATSI)

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With only one team practicing thus far in the 2014 preseason, most of our attention Monday was placed on the Bills -- and, as it turns out, No. 4 overall pick, receiver Sammy Watkins.

And Watkins did good. Did real good, in fact.

At least that's what Twitter told us as Bills practice commenced and continued.

But then, Watkins collided with a defender, summoned a trainer and spent some time on the sideline. He returned to practice later, and afterward coach Doug Marrone said that Watkins had been poked in the eye.

So, all in all, a good day for Watkins.

"He's a very mature kid. He takes this very seriously," Marrone said. "I think you can see how he handles himself, how he answers questions is the same way he goes about his business. He's in there and wants to make an impact. ... We just need to make sure that we continue developing him. He's going against good players. He's working with the first team, so he's going against our corners and all of our guys. He's a good football player and I think it's one that, you sit there and the guy is making plays. I think a lot of people are excited."

And a good day for second-year quarterback EJ Manuel as the two began to find their chemistry.

"I think you sit there and you like to see that, but that's going to be a time situation," Marrone said. "I think there's a lot of football to be played, a lot of preseason games and things like that. I think, over time, that's what you like to see on a consistent basis. To have that chemistry, not just with one receiver, but with all the receivers that are out there on the field. That's what you look to build up to and when you have a bunch of young guys on the field it takes a little longer, but that's why I'm excited about us being in camp early."

Of course, there might be another reason for the Bills' early arrival.

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