During rookie minicamp, it was noted that Bills WR Sammy Watkins stayed after practice to catch some passes to work on his craft, but that’s not even the half of it. It’s certainly a cliché that players use but don’t always follow up on, but one month in the rookie wideout is getting to team facilities early, and staying late to get the most out of his day.
“Here, you get in early. It's your job now,” Watkins said of being a professional as opposed to college. “If you're taking it seriously, you're trying to be great and be the best at your position in the NFL, you need to be here early.”
Watkins described his typical day during offseason workouts, rookie minicamp and now into organized team activities.
“Around six o'clock AM,” he replied to the query of when he gets in the building each day. “I be here all day. I don't leave until about, I'd say, four or five-ish. Watch extra film with coaches, stretch out, drink your milkshakes, eat right and that's about your day. You go home and stretch out, eat again, follow your schedule, eat again and by nine o'clock, ten o'clock, you're in the bed.”
He’s not landing in a good situation, since the Bills are run-heavy and E.J. Manuel is his quarterback. But with Stevie Johnson out of the way, the potential is there for solid production. By all accounts he has shown a great work ethic, so if he’s a target-hog, he should be fantasy relevant in 2014.