Although Watkins made up for the gaffe with a 61-yard touchdown later in the game, needless to say coach Doug Marrone chose to use Watkins' mistake as a learning moment for the first-round pick.
"I said, 'There were people on that sideline' -- meaning his teammates -- 'that were upset. We're playing our butts off and we don't have time for stuff like that,'" Marrone said, per ESPN. "Those are the things we have to work on -- winning and growing up."
It took a while, but
Watkins has given us the full breadth of his skillset over the last two weeks. While he dominated the Vikings as a possession-type receiver in Week 7, he simply blew the Jets away Sunday. He had just three receptions, but went off for 157 yards, with catches of 84 and 61 yards, the latter of which went for a touchdown.
Watkins was considered one of the best receiving prospects in years coming out of college, and he has shown why so far. He nearly had two touchdowns, but celebrated a bit too early on a second-quarter catch and was dragged down at the 5-yard line.
There are still going to be some growing pains, as he showed with a 27-yard performance in Week 6. Still, Watkins is on pace for 76 receptions, 1,180 yards and 10 touchdowns at the halfway point of his rookie season, and is probably too explosive to consider benching.
Watkins could have had two touchdowns on the day, but he appeared to slow down while close to the end zone on a huge play and was caught from behind on what would have been an 89-yard score. Still, even though quarterback Kyle Orton completed just 10 passes in the blowout win, Watkins was able to deliver a big line on the strength of the 84-yard play and a 61-yard fourth-quarter catch. He's up to 38 receptions, 590 yards and five touchdowns in eight games.
Several other Bills were able to reach paydirt as well in the win, with
The Bills head into a Week 9 bye with a 5-3 record before facing the Chiefs in Week 10.
Jackson and Powell were both already ruled out for the game, while Goodwin was doubtful to play. Easley is inactive after being listed as questionable, but the team's other questionable player, safety
As expected, the
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