Every Sammy Watkins Touchdown

Every Sammy Watkins touchdown from his rookie season with the Buffalo Bills? Every single one.

We’re five days away from Buffalo Bills training camp, but today we’re focusing on the number six. Six is the number of touchdowns that Sammy Watkins scored as a rookie in 2014. Battling through injuries and poor quarterback play, Watkins still found a way to be a significant contributor for Buffalo. Here’s a look at Watkins’ six touchdowns.

Touchdown 1

An 11 play drive had cut Buffalo’s Week 2 lead on the Miami Dolphins down to six points. Momentum seemed to be swinging in Miami’s favor but Buffalo responded with a six play drive that resulted in Watkins’ first touchdown of the season. Watkins’ crosses the field to the right and E.J. Manuel throws a pass that hits Watkins in stride. Watkins is able to fight off a Dolphins defender and hit the pylon for the touchdown. A 13 point lead entering the fourth quarter was more than enough for the Bills.

Touchdown 2

Watkins’ second touchdown of the year came in Week 4 against the Houston Texans. On first and goal from the five yard line, Watkins runs a slant route and Manuel’s pass was placed perfectly in tight coverage.

Touchdowns 3 and 4

Watkins had his first career multi-touchdown game against the Minnesota Vikings.

After a turnover, teams sometimes try to take a deep shot down the field. That’s exactly what the Bills did on Watkins’ third touchdown of the season. Following a Leodis McKelvin interception, Buffalo had a 1st and 10 from Minnesota’s 26 yard line. Watkins runs a go route and Kyle Orton throws a pass that is just out of the reach of Minnesota’s cornerback.

Watkins’ fourth touchdown of the season was a game winner. Against Xavier Rhodes, Watkins fakes to the inside and is able to roll towards the pylon. Orton connects with Watkins who is able to get two feet down and tie the game at 16. Dan Carpenter’s extra point put Buffalo ahead with one second remaining in the game.

Touchdown 5

GIFs can only be up to 15 seconds, so Watkins’ fifth touchdown starts at the catch. At this point in the game, Buffalo held a 37-17 lead in the fourth quarter. The game was essentially over but Watkins catches a short pass from Orton and after two Jets miss their attempted tackles on the receiver, Watkins is off to the races. The 61 yard score was Watkins’ longest touchdown reception of the season.

Touchdown 6

Watkins’ last touchdown came in Week 16 against the Oakland Raiders. On Buffalo’s first series of the game, the Bills took a 7-0 lead on a seven play drive that resulted in a 42 yard connection between Orton and Watkins. Orton had plenty of time in the pocket as the GIF shows and Watkins simply beat D.J. Hayden deep on the play.

In 2015, Watkins will look to go over 1,000 yards and score more than six touchdowns. The quarterback position is still a bit of an unknown, so that works against Watkins. That said, Watkins battled injuries throughout his rookie year. If Watkins can stay healthy, there’s no reason to believe that he can’t surpass his rookie stats. In 2015, Watkins has more talent around him. New additions such as LeSean McCoy, Percy Harvin and Charles Clay should create matchup problems for opposing teams. Watkins may find himself in more one-on-one situations in his second year which could lead to more receptions, yards and touchdowns in his sophomore season.


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