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Watkins thought he’d be drafted by the Lions or the Buccaneers


Last week, Pro Football Talk on NBCSN was off.  This week, it’s on.

Returning for a full slate of one-hour shows, Monday gets rolling with a look at the news of the day and a closer examination of the offseasons of the Texans, Bills, and Browns.

The closer look at the Bills includes a visit with receiver Sammy Watkins, the player Buffalo acquired by trading the ninth overall pick in the draft, along with a 2-15 first-round selection and a 2015 fourth-round pick.  Among other things, Watkins says he thought that he’d be a member of the Lions or the Buccaneers, and that both teams had told him they planned to trade up to get him.

The Bills beat them to the punch, making a bold, all-in move to No. 4 in the hopes that the team’s next owner won’t take an all-out approach to the front office and coaching staff.

Tune in for the full interview, and also for the PFT Planet stance on today’s poll question regarding Colts linebacker Robert Mathis.  Do you buy his version of the events leading to his suspension, or do his agent’s remarks bring to mind Joe Pesci’s opening statement in My Cousin Vinny?

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29 Responses to “Watkins thought he’d be drafted by the Lions or the Buccaneers”
  1. barsfordays says: May 19, 2014 4:10 PM

    Donte Moncrief will be the best WR taken in this draft.

  2. keepongronking says: May 19, 2014 4:11 PM

    EJ Manuel has no excuses. Make or break year in Buffalo.

  3. mclovin07 says: May 19, 2014 4:15 PM

    After this year, the Bills might beg Doug Flutie back to the team!

  4. robert831 says: May 19, 2014 4:22 PM

    How can Manuel 2nd season be make or break? Just silly logic.. Was Peyton Manning or Joe Montana’s second seasons make or break? I don’t think so. Patients people.

  5. joemontanawasthegreatest says: May 19, 2014 4:32 PM

    This guy better be good, they gave up two top 15 picks(at least maybe top 10).

  6. blkandgld4eva says: May 19, 2014 4:34 PM

    My guess he was hoping for the Lions. Would you rather line up opposite Megatron and have a gun slinger under center or line up opposite Robert Woods with a dink-and-dunk QB?

  7. 4thquartermagic says: May 19, 2014 4:36 PM

    Detroit wanted to trade up for a WR? I watched a good amount of Lions games last season (fantasy reasons) and it seemed to me that the problem with them wasn’t offense.

  8. theworkhorsebackdotcom says: May 19, 2014 4:37 PM

    The pic is about the same look he had on his face draft night when the Bills selected him

  9. coseybedaman says: May 19, 2014 4:39 PM

    EJ played 9 games in a rookie year along with a rookie head coach, and missed half the preseason as well. Add that to the Bills subpar talent level from last year I certainly dont see this as a make or break year. They will just be looking for vast improvement. If they see him progressing they will be happy. The guy deserves a legitimate chance. Switching QBs and coaches every three years hasnt worked this decade so I would like to see them stick with something.

  10. tvjules says: May 19, 2014 4:41 PM

    Watkins is a beast, but Mike Evans is a better fantasy football pick.

  11. quizguy66 says: May 19, 2014 4:43 PM

    I vote for the unstated 3rd option.

    Credible. But he should have been suspended. He didn’t check with the NFL first.

  12. Sir Bupkis says: May 19, 2014 4:43 PM

    After landing in Buffalo, NFL fans understand his disappointment.

  13. 1rockyracoon says: May 19, 2014 4:48 PM

    Thought or hoped Detroit or Tampa Bay would pick him. Detroit has a ton of weapons and Tampa Bay has sunshine and good taxes for the wealthy. Buffalo has…snow and the Sabres. Buffalo is so far off the radar that we didn’t hear a word from TO when he played there.

  14. jjackwagon says: May 19, 2014 4:52 PM

    Watkins may be good, but for what the Bills paid, he HAS to be great! Like, Jerry Rice great. If he is only above average, the price was too high.

  15. onenineninee says: May 19, 2014 5:14 PM

    Stafford, Cutler, Matty Ice have great WRs and several years of experience and neither has done jack. But this genius thinks one great untested college WR should turn EJ Manuel into Brees lol.

  16. sammyias says: May 19, 2014 5:28 PM

    Credible, or not … Mathis should still be suspended.

    I did not see that option to vote for.

  17. lgbarn says: May 19, 2014 5:33 PM

    The guy will be a good receiver but as a Bucs fan, I couldn’t be happier to have Mike Evans. The guy will be beast for the Bucs this year.

  18. wallabear says: May 19, 2014 6:04 PM

    “Poor” Sammy Watkins. We suppose you’ll just have to adjust to sub-zero life in Buffalo for the next four (4) years. At least that $12M+ signing bonus will enable you to gather up a sweater or two from the local NeimanMarcus (tee-hee-hee)

  19. nflrule says: May 19, 2014 6:12 PM

    Definitely sounds like some wishful thinking…

  20. pftfan says: May 19, 2014 6:16 PM

    LOL @ the people here putting EJ Manuel, Peyton Manning and Joe Montana in the same sentence.

  21. billsalldayaday says: May 19, 2014 6:17 PM

    Im confused on why this is an automatic 2-15 draft pick in 2015???

  22. pftfan says: May 19, 2014 6:19 PM

    “The Bills won’t need their first round pick in 2015 since it’ll be in the 20’s…” said no one ever.

  23. calvinthegreat81 says: May 19, 2014 6:32 PM

    I am happy Detroit didn’t trade up for him due to the rediculous cost but we did need another legit wideout after the best wr in nfl history. Megatron wasn’t 100% last few games and the fall off was crazy. Hopefully golden changes that!

  24. calvinisthobbesian says: May 19, 2014 6:43 PM

    Mathis’s explanation is entirely credible. I know men who have been prescribed Clomid for fertility issues. I agree that he should have checked with someone in the loop, however, before using it. While his agent says other NFL players have gotten waivers for fertility treatment with Clomid, apparently they got the waivers before they started using it. Mathis getting the same discipline in his situation as some one who used HGH would get seems a little harsh(a two game suspension seems fairer), but the league policy probably doesn’t provide for mitigation and it probably should. Otherwise you get one size fits all lazy man’s discipline. where the decision maker doesn’t have to learn the facts, just apply the rule, like zero tolerance policies in our schools.

  25. NoobTubeTV says: May 19, 2014 7:06 PM

    Thanks for the top ten first round pick next year!

    Signed – The Browns

  26. brasho says: May 19, 2014 7:31 PM

    calvinisthobbesian says:
    May 19, 2014 6:43 PM
    Mathis’s explanation is entirely credible. I know men who have been prescribed Clomid for fertility issues. I agree that he should have checked with someone in the loop, however, before using it. While his agent says other NFL players have gotten waivers for fertility treatment with Clomid, apparently they got the waivers before they started using it.

    Clomid is also the most commonly used drug to restore the body’s natural testosterone production AFTER doing a cycle of steroids. Mathis would’ve had to be living in a cave to not know that considering the amount of time he’s devoted to and around people working out hard.

    Also, Clomid is also prescribed to men that suffer from low testosterone. It is far more effective in men with secondary hypogonadism than testosterone shots or the ridiculously overhyped underarm roll on.

    The testosterone level range for men is 248-1080, however the average level is about 500-600. It has been proven that men suffering from low testosterone (< 300) can take Clomid and more than triple their testosterone count on just 25mg a day. I've done it (went from 269 to an average of around 850) and several friends have done the same thing.

    Robert Mathis KNOWS what he was doing and he KNOWS it was banned… what he didn't know, was that the half life of Clomid is 72 hours and that he would be getting drug tested shortly after his last dose.

  27. isphet71 says: May 19, 2014 8:20 PM

    Not sure anyone expected the Bills to shell out what they paid for this guy. Not the Lions, not the Bucs, and certainly not the media or the fans.

    He has a really good chance of being great, but that is an insane price to pay.

  28. twelsh36446 says: May 20, 2014 1:05 PM

    Lions didn’t want Watkins that was a smoke screen

  29. ohnoflorio says: May 20, 2014 5:40 PM

    Where’s the actual quote?

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