"I think that's one thing I had to learn, to be smart when I take off with the football," he told NFL Network. "Instead of trying to get an extra three yards, either step out of bounds or slide. Those are all of the nuisances I had to learn. Obviously, I didn't want to go down with an injury because I'm a competitive player. I go hard each and every time I step on the field. It just so happened that I had to come down with an injury. I moved past it.
"Thankfully, I am 100 percent healthy right now. I feel like I'm stronger than I was last year, so I'm looking forward to moving on."
"He's doing a very good job. He's put in a lot of work," Hackett said. " ... It's nice to see him make plays within the pocket, step up, find his check downs, throw the ball down the field a couple times. He's really starting to get it all. It was funny, when he came into minicamp he was like, 'Alright, no more new installs, let's work on what we've been doing.' I think that’s a refresher for a quarterback that he knows what he's doing right now with what we've got in."
When asked about Manuel's accuracy, Hackett wasn't worried, saying he just needs more practice. He's hoping Manuel can develop a better command of the offense as he gets closer to training camp.
Manuel figures to be the Bills starter heading into the season, giving him the controls of an offense that upgraded to Sammy Watkins this offseason.
But Manuel does have a cannon, and what Watkins can bring in terms of catching a pass and speeding to the end zone will make up for some of Manuel's other shortcomings. There's still 1,000-yard, seven-score potential here but it might take some games for Watkins to really get going. He's worth considering among the No. 3 Fantasy receivers with a pick in the middle of seasonal drafts but expect him to go slightly higher than that in keeper leagues and is a rock-solid Top 5 pick in rookie-only drafts.
Watkins, 6-foot-1, has 4.4 quicks with the ability to turn on the jets quickly, making him such a desirable target for any passing game. Over 35 games with the Tigers, Watkins caught 224 passes for 3,164 yards and 25 touchdowns including two seasons with over 1,200 yards and 10 touchdowns.
Watkins could become the No. 1 receiver for the Bills since Buffalo is rumored to potentially trade
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