Sammy Watkins out until training camp
Buffalo Bills wide receiver and last year’s first round pick Sammy Watkins had offseason hip surgery, as reported by Vic Carucci of the Buffalo News. Reports from PFT today have stated that Watkins will miss all OTA’s but should have the ability to do “light” workouts on the side, while returning in time for training camp. The injury was sustained back in November against the Browns, and was described as a “slight labral tear in his hip”.
While this is not crushing news for the Bills, (who are expected to compete for a playoff berth this season ending the longest drought in the NFL), it will not help the offense under first year coach Rex Ryan and his new coaching staff, that their star receiver will be held out of all OTA’s. With the Bills quarterback situation in flux, Cassel, Manuel, or some unknown player throwing passes for the Bills this season, it is important for Watkins to develop a chemistry with one of the passers. After a disappointing rookie season (compared to the other rookie WRs in the same draft-class) that saw Sammy catch 65 passes for 982 yards with six touchdowns, learning a new offensive system while being on the sidelines this spring will be difficult.
If Watkins can stay mentally prepared throughout the spring, putting in work in the film room and meeting room, he should not fall behind in learning Greg Roman’s system. With all the moves the Bills have made to improve the team (McCoy, Harvin, Clay, resigning Hughes, etc.) the team and especially their fans are expecting a playoff berth this season. Now they just need to develop, or find a guy that can throw the football, accurately and intelligently to his own team and things will be looking bright in Western New York.
Dan Schalk is the head writer for MFST, you can follow him on Twitter @ffsportstalk