Sammy Watkins is one of the most-talented young receivers in the NFL. When he’s on the field and 100 percent healthy, he produces like a true All-Pro performer.
Unfortunately for the former Clemson standout, he simply hasn’t remained healthy.
The 23-year-old receiver has played in 29 of a possible 32 games in two seasons, but various injuries have kept him from remaining at full health.
Now looking to recover from off-season surgery on a broken foot, Watkins is talking up his Buffalo Bills team and defending head coach Rex Ryan.
“Honestly, I love Rex (Ryan). I love our whole coaching staff and organization. If anything would change, I would definitely be sad. I know what type of guys they are. They’re for the players; they’re for the team. They’re for winning,” Watkins said, via ESPN. “Nothing can just change like that. We have to change it as a whole, as a group, as an organization. It will be sad if somebody just got fired off of losses. And I know it’s a business, but that’s how things work.”
There’s one interesting takeaway from these otherwise generic comments. “It will be sad if somebody just got fired off of losses?” Um, that’s kinda how it works in the NFL, Mr. Watkins.
In any event, Ryan curiously finds himself somewhat on the hot seat in Western New York after just one season as the Bills’ head coach.
The team made a point of announcing during the winter that it was going to retain Ryan — an announcement that seemed to make very little sense. After all, the growing consensus was that Ryan’s return for a second season was a foregone conclusion.
As it stands right now, 2016 appears to be playoffs or bust for Ryan and his regime in Buffalo.
Coming off an eight-win 2015 campaign, the brass in Buffalo is unlikely to accept anything less than a return to the playoffs for the franchise for the first time since the Bill Clinton Administration.
If that doesn’t happen, Watkins will likely find himself full of sadness come January.