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Buffalo's Sammy Watkins learns harsh NFL lesson with celebration fail

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Sammy Watkins ended his Week Eight work in New Jersey with 157 yards and a touchdown as the Buffalo Bills ran riot against a Jets franchise on the brink.

Not a bad performance for one of the most hyped rookies coming into the 2014 NFL season. But it could have been even better for the fourth overall pick had it not been for a premature moment of self-importance.

Watkins thought he was in for his biggest score of the season early on in the second quarter as he caught a huge Kyle Orton pass on half way before putting on the after burners on a clear run to the end zone.

So confident was Watkins of racking up what would have been his fifth touchdown of the season that he started celebrating - lifting his hand to the crowd - from the Jets' 10-yard line.

Unfortunately for Watkins, and the Bills, he was totally oblivious to the fact that Saalim Hakim hadn't given up the chase and was rapidly making up ground.

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Caught just a couple of yards before the end zone Watkins was certainly left red-faced by his premature celebration but at least he learnt a valuable lesson about life in the NFL - you have never scored until you see the official raising his arms aloft to signal the TD.

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Fortunately for Watkins it didn't take long for the Buffalo Bills to get into the end zone following his near-miss. Just over a minute later FB Fred Summers ran it in from two yards to put the Bills up 21-7. They went on to win the game 43-23.

Summers' goal line play is unlikely to end up on many highlight reels though, Watkins' would-be 89 yard TD on the other hand? Yeah Kyle Orton is probably pretty upset to miss out on that one on his stat sheet.

Great start

Watkins may have messed up on that play but it is hard to fault the rookie wideout based on his start to life in the NFL.

Sunday's game included, the former Clemson star already has five touchdowns to his name and 590 yards on 38 receptions and he is doing his best to justify the Bills' decision to move up the draft order and use their first round pick on him back in May.

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