Bills sign first-rounder Sammy Watkins

AP

On a day which we found out the Bills were without two of their biggest stars on defense, they needed some good news on the other side of the ball.

They got it with the signing of first-rounder Sammy Watkins to his rookie deal.

While the formulaic paperwork won’t be as big a deal if either of the injuries to Mario Williams or Kiko Alonso linger, getting the Clemson wideout under contract is a positive step for the Bills.

Given what they surrendered to move up for him, they need him making plays from the start, and having the business taken care of clears the decks for him to build rapport with quarterback E.J. Manuel.