In an ugly 35-25 loss to the Washington Redskins, it appeared that quite a few Buffalo Bills quit on Rex Ryan. Wide receiver Sammy Watkins wasn't one of those players. Watkins, one of the hottest wide receivers in the NFL over the last seven weeks, added 111 yards and two touchdowns on five receptions on Sunday.
In the last seven games, Watkins has recorded 33 receptions, 680 yards and seven touchdowns. With two weeks remaining, Watkins now has 44 receptions, 827 yards and nine touchdowns. Watkins knows that others around him aren't playing as well and he's ready to call them out. Matthew Fairburn of Syracuse.com was among the media who listened to Watkins speak for close to 10 minutes. Here is what Watkins had to say about calling out his teammates.
"We need to call people out. If I'm doing something wrong, call me out. If the line is doing something wrong, messing up, call them out. If it's the defensive line, the secondary, we need to call that out, because at the end of the day, we're doing it to win, not to get on somebody and make them feel bad. We're grown men and this is our job. We get paid millions and hundreds of thousands of dollars. And forget the money. You've got to go out there each week and play for the guy next to you. I think when we get to that point and realize that you can get fired the next day and make it known, 'Hey, this is your job.' If you're not going to do your job, cut him. It needs to be a business. I think once we get to that, we need some nasty coaches. If they ain't doing their job, get them out of here. If I'm not doing my job, step to me and get me out of here. I think once we address those problems, we'll be alright."
It's encouraging to hear Watkins speak up following a disappointing loss within a disappointing season.
To hear the rest of what Watkins had to say, read Fairburn's article here: Buffalo Bills WR Sammy Watkins shows leadership in post-game rantnull