Buffalo Bills rookie wide receiver Sammy Watkins has dazzled during training camp. He has had a few training camp catches go viral.
The first catch was a simple route running exercise where Watkins ran into the end zone and cut across. Watkins lost his footing on the cut and slipped, discombobulating the timing on the route, then quickly recovered and snatched the over thrown ball with one hand.
Another crazy play
A few camp days later Watkins made another crazy one handed catch. This catch however, was against a defender and wasn’t a recovery from a mistake he made. The pass was off the mark behind Watkins, but none the less Watkins contorted his body sideways and grabbed the ball by the nose with his off hand.
The most recent viral video of Watkins’ receiving prowess is of Watkins making an incredible double move in a one on one drill with Pittsburgh Steelers cornerbacks prior to the Bills most recent preseason game.
Watkins began running a corner fade route, where receivers drag to the corner of the end zone and make a toe tapping catch, then cut back for a front of the end zone drag. The defender bit hard on the first juke and by the time the defender’s head turned to Watkins he was gone and most of the way to a slow jogging catch.
In the actual preseason games Watkins has been underwhelming, largely due to limited playing time in game one and a rib injury in game two.
The injury came early in Saturday’s game against the Steelers, when Watkins was drilled early on by Steelers’ rookie middle linebacker Ryan Shazier; Shazier ended the game with one interception and eleven tackles.
The injury does not seem severe and initial reports suggest the injury is a minor rib contusion (bruise). Since it is only the preseason after all, the Bills probably played it safe and benched Watkins to preserve what they hope will be a breakout rookie season.