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Sammy Watkins looks forward to facing the Browns

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Before the draft, Browns G.M. Ray Farmer gushed about the possibility that receiver Sammy Watkins will be on the board when Cleveland exercises the fourth pick in the draft.  Watkins was — and Farmer didn’t take the former Clemson receiver.

Instead, the Browns swapped spots with the Bills, dropping by five slots and picking up a first-round pick and a fourth-round pick in 2015.

As a result, Watkins is keenly aware of a November 30 date with Cleveland.

“I have a chip on my shoulder for every game, so it’s not just the Browns,” Watkins said at the Rookie Symposium, via Nate Ulrich of the Akron Beacon Journal.  “I come out and dominate my opponent every game.  I’m sure they’ve got great cornerbacks and great safeties, but my job is to do my job on the field no matter who’s in front of me, whether it’s [Browns cornerback] Joe Haden or [New England Patriots cornerback Darrelle] Revis or [Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard] Sherman, all the greats.  My job is to win on the field and do my best.”

Watkins nevertheless looks forward to late November, versus the Browns.

“It’ll be a great matchup,” Watkins said. “We can go out there, battle, scrap, have a couple fights. It’s going to be great.”

“Great” will be in the eye of the beholder, especially after Thanksgiving.  Chances are that one or both teams won’t be serious contenders by then, making the Watkins angle perhaps the only reason to watch the game.  Other than fantasy football.

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40 Responses to “Sammy Watkins looks forward to facing the Browns”
  1. h3min1230 says: Jun 28, 2014 3:02 PM

    1200+ yards 8Tds.

  2. dsimp724 says: Jun 28, 2014 3:05 PM

    So does 28 other teams

  3. bighat8 says: Jun 28, 2014 3:23 PM

    He looked foward to playing against South Carolina as well. How did that work out for you Sammy? Another Clemson NFL bust.

  4. bigtime1957 says: Jun 28, 2014 3:26 PM

    Hey do not blame us in Cleveland that we have a criminal owner a horrible GM and a crappy coach, Blame it on the NFL, They forced these people on us, we have NO choice!!

  5. kwjsb says: Jun 28, 2014 3:29 PM

    2 words for Sammy ……. Joe Haden

  6. ravensrunthenfl says: Jun 28, 2014 3:32 PM

    Lol doesn’t everyone

  7. sewalters79 says: Jun 28, 2014 3:33 PM

    So does Haden, Whitner, and Gilbert

  8. barkinatbirdsinseattle says: Jun 28, 2014 3:47 PM

    Great. Haden will just let him run wild, just like he let MEGAblah do.

  9. clownsfan says: Jun 28, 2014 3:48 PM

    And we ALWAYS look forward to playing the Bills. 4-2 vs them since ’07. Sit down & shut up Sammy. Worry about the lack of chemistry between you & your putrid QB .

  10. bruiserbrigade says: Jun 28, 2014 3:53 PM

    He just sounds like a future all-pro. Sammy Watkins…Sssammy Watkinsss.

  11. richc111 says: Jun 28, 2014 4:24 PM

    I get so sick of players saying this kind of stuff. Why not the Texans, they play the Bills Week #4, they passed on him too. Just go out and earn respect from the league, don’t try to play good because a team didn’t make you the #3 pick that a #4. What will that show if you suck the rest of the season.

  12. andrewluck12 says: Jun 28, 2014 4:42 PM

    Sammy Watkins in another aj green in the making. If EJ plays to his potential, the bills offense will be scary

  13. mz1394 says: Jun 28, 2014 4:48 PM

    At least the browns will have 2 top 5 picks in the next draft . The bills are a joke #noringsmafia

  14. tom357 says: Jun 28, 2014 5:05 PM

    Thanks for the bulletin board material, Sammy.
    Let this be your first lesson.

  15. 700levelvet says: Jun 28, 2014 5:05 PM

    Shut up and play

  16. sportnorcal says: Jun 28, 2014 5:07 PM

    What a stupid comment.

    You were chosen with the SAME PICK the Browns would have used on you. Why would you be bitter about that – the Browns felt they needed more picks and got them (and still had a pretty good draft.)

  17. tom357 says: Jun 28, 2014 5:08 PM

    Whoa, sammyboy, Brandon Weeden beat your bills last year…..
    Might wanna think before you talk.

  18. silverbacksay says: Jun 28, 2014 5:27 PM

    Browns fans getting real defensive. Get ready to see Whitner 10 yards from where he’s supposed to be on 80-90% of his snaps and Sammy just flying by. One of the best Bills moves of the past couple years was cutting our losses with that loser.

  19. silverandblack052099 says: Jun 28, 2014 5:33 PM

    Why did he have to mention Sherman’s name? Now Sherman might start running his mouth again.

  20. cguy7 says: Jun 28, 2014 6:20 PM

    I love these guys who run their mouth before playin’ a snap. Everybody circles the Bills and Vikings on their schedule for a victory… Watkins won’t even be a top 25 receiver this year. Most first year receivers aren’t. Keenan Allen and AJ Green are exceptions. We can’t lose thanks to owning the Bills first next year…

  21. mecue says: Jun 28, 2014 6:35 PM

    Kills Me First Watkins doesn’t want to be Drafted by the Browns? Now he says he can’t wait to play them as revenge for them not Drafting Him? He Makes No Sense?

  22. doug2626 says: Jun 28, 2014 6:52 PM

    So if you strip away bias, Sammy Watkins did not say he specifically wanted to play Cleveland in the article. He said he plays with a chip on his shoulder regardless of who he plays and when asked specifically about the game he gives coach speak. I missed the bulletin board material.

  23. N/A says: Jun 28, 2014 7:05 PM

    Bills are terrible

  24. brownsmakemecrazy says: Jun 28, 2014 7:24 PM

    Sammy im PO’d the Browns passed on you too. Just like they passed on Julio Jones. Same old stupid Browns.

  25. locator08 says: Jun 28, 2014 7:34 PM

    sounded like its just another game to him..quit making something out of nothing

  26. thelastwordyaheard says: Jun 28, 2014 8:34 PM

    it won’t take long for you to start hating EJ Manuel after watching Brady light your team up twice a year with a bunch of street free agents at WR

  27. kingkornkahn says: Jun 28, 2014 8:42 PM

    I don’t understand. Getting a first rounder for the trading down 6 spots is a no brainier, especially considering bufallo is not a playoff team. Farmer wisely took advantage of a desperate, lame duck front office in buffalo.

  28. jayovalentine says: Jun 28, 2014 8:59 PM

    Rookie of the Year

  29. milkcan44 says: Jun 28, 2014 9:19 PM

    Sammy, don’t carp. If you’re gonna have to play with frozen fingers, why not shuffle all the way to Buffalo?
    You don’t have to eat your dinners at Pilot Flying J anymore.

  30. whenwilliteverend says: Jun 28, 2014 9:32 PM

    Let’s see what he thinks when he’s facing the best CB on an NFL team. I am pretty sure every CB he’ll face this year was better than any he faced while playing in the ACC.

  31. pammy6 says: Jun 28, 2014 10:06 PM

    He’s not really running his mouth, he says his job is to do his best whoever he plays. How’s that running your mouth? The Browns have WR problem and they traded away the chance to pick him, no athlete would be happy about that. It’s the Bills gain, he’s gonna be a great player.

  32. mightysimi says: Jun 28, 2014 10:10 PM

    You know he didn’t just voluntarily pick the browns to start talking about. He was asked a direct question and he responded that it is my job to go and beat the DB’s. This is clearly a June story. Can’t wait for camp to start so there is something to talk about. Also for the non Watkins believers out there, 4 true freshman have ever been all-americans. Herchel Walker, Faulk, Peterson and Watkins. I’m no expert but that sounds pretty good.

  33. mightysimi says: Jun 28, 2014 10:12 PM

    Haha, it’s funny the spin of this story, NFL.com has it as watkins sees no extra motivation for browns game despite snub.

  34. philyeagles5 says: Jun 29, 2014 7:58 AM

    Uh oh. Another guy with a chip on his shoulder.

  35. oldcracker says: Jun 29, 2014 12:33 PM

    The proof of the pudding…..

  36. jclark6528 says: Jun 29, 2014 1:11 PM

    People need to review the tape of the Ohio State bowl game…..first, OSU didn’t even have their top 2 corners on the field……second, it was bubble screen left, then bubble screen right……it was not as dominant of a game as people think. Ohio State defense was terrible that night……

  37. colts1234 says: Jun 29, 2014 3:36 PM

    What about Florida states corners? Sure didn’t have a problem with them. Sammy is gonna be the man, he’s been lighting it up his whole career so far, it’s doubtful it stops now. Kids gotta a great head on his shoulders and just wants to play football!!!!!

  38. iloveagoodnap says: Jun 30, 2014 9:25 AM

    tom357 says: Jun 28, 2014 5:08 PM

    Whoa, sammyboy, Brandon Weeden beat your bills last year…..
    Might wanna think before you talk.
    ………………….
    Yeah, the Browns beat the Jeff Tuel led Bills.

    Let’s not throw stones when both of these franchises live in the same glass house.

  39. mrig2000 says: Jun 30, 2014 10:57 AM

    ATTENTION: All of you morons commenting about how he should “shut up and play” or “I hate when guys say this stuff”….do you idiots even read the story before commenting? Or do you just read the title and spew ignorant thoughts?

  40. coreyb3p says: Jul 1, 2014 3:49 PM

    It is impossible for the Browns to talk trash on any team in the NFL. What has that garbage Franchise ever done? At least Wide right was in a super bowl BYNER!!!!

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