Buffalo Bills wide receiver Sammy Watkins is one of the most talented young players to enter the league in the last couple of years but his team has not helped showcase his skills. Watkins expressed frustration with Buffalo’s offensive game plan:
“That’s what I get mad at, when I don’t get looked at. I can look at film and his eyes go straight that way and I’m not getting looked at, at all. That’s when I get frustrated. When I have one-on-one coverage, go to me. I don’t care what’s going on over there. I don’t care if he’s open. When I get one on one, just target me.”
Watkins also admitted he expressed his feelings to the organization through his agent:
“Everybody looks at you getting zero catches, zero yards but when you look on film 90 percent of the time you’re open. I understand that these guys are young and they need some time to trust me. Once we get that trust, it’ll be different. But for me, I need the ball at least 10 times — I need 10 targets — and I’ll be fine with however many yards I get. And that’s what I addressed in talking with my agent. We reached out to a couple people and tried to pull some strings like, ‘Hey, I need my targets. You came up to draft me and I’m not getting targets — that’s a problem. You’re making me look bad and you’re making yourself look bad. Why not make both of us look good?”
The honeymoon is over. While being quite outspoken, Watkins isn’t wrong. He’s clearly the best weapon and doesn’t get nearly enough targets.