If Week 17 was a final exam for the Buffalo Bills offense, Sammy Watkins passed the test with flying colors. The Bills receiver was dominant in Week 17 against the NY Jets. Watkins caught a season-high 11 passes for 136 yards against Darrelle Revis and company.
John Murphy recently caught up with Greg Roman, Buffalo’s offensive coordinator, on Unfiltered and asked Roman about Watkins’ progression throughout the season. Over the final nine weeks of the year, few receivers were more dominant than Watkins (49 receptions, 900 yards, seven TDs). In Roman’s eyes, Week 17 was the culmination of what he wanted to see out of the second year receiver.
“That last week specifically I think was kind of a little bit of a final exam that we had been building towards. We really didn’t want to overload him early in the season. He had some nicks and whatnot that created some lost time, but as the season wore on and he was able to come out and practice every week and play and whatnot, he just got more and more really as the season wore on. Some teams really said, ‘Hey, we’re not letting this guy beat us. We’re gonna take this guy away and those other guys gotta beat us.’ Some teams didn’t, you know they do what they do, and I’d say it was just a natural progression throughout the season to where, you know, really by the end of the season he was visibly a lot more comfortable playing multiple positions. You know you gotta remember he didn’t really play many different spots at Clemson and for his rookie year he didn’t really move around much. He pretty much stayed in the same spot. It’s a little bit of a new world for him and it’s exciting, it’s exciting to see him develop…”
Injuries and nicks certainly caused Watkins to start off slowly in 2015 but his production over the final nine weeks was among the best in the NFL. As the receiver’s comfort continues to grow in multiple spots, Watkins will become an even scarier weapon for Buffalo.null