Bills rookie receiver Sammy Watkins has made route running his top priority in the spring practices. Knowing the precision that receivers coach Rob Moore and offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett are demanding, Watkins is anxious to tighten everything up. Here’s his assessment of where he’s at after two weeks of OTAs and a rookie minicamp.
Watkins explained why the route running part of his job is a demanding hurdle to clear.
“You’ve got different routes than I was running in college. There are so many routes in this offense,” he said. “Most of them are similar but you got to have steps, it’s more steps now than yards. You got to get the correct steps to get your yardage. So that’s been the biggest struggle. But this week, I’ve been doing all my steps and revolutions, I know how to do them now so now I’m running my routes perfect.”
Watkins is currently our #34 WR in standard formats. We like his talent, but his situation is not great playing in a run-heavy offense with an inexperienced QB. There's upside here if he and E.J. Manuel can get on the same page quickly.