Sammy Watkins was “shocked just like everybody else”

AP

It you were surprised by the news that the Bills had traded receiver Sammy Watkins to the Rams, you weren’t alone. Watkins was, too.

“I was shocked just like everybody else,” Watkins told reporters on Saturday. “I have to get to know everybody on the staff and the team, and let everybody earn my trust and I earn their trust and just be a part of the team.”

To do that, Watkins will have to determine how and where he fits.

“I haven’t figured that out,” Watkins said. “I don’t even know the offensive plays right now, so I’m just willing to do anything, wherever they put me, X, Y, Z — I’m just trying to fill in the void and help this team win.”

He agrees that he can provide a vertical threat for the Rams. Before that, he has to get comfortable. And that may take a little while.

When he spoke to reporters, Watkins still hadn’t met coach Sean McVay or quarterback Jared Goff. That lack of familiarity underscores the importance of getting everyone on the same page, quickly. Plug and play rarely works in the NFL, especially when moving across the country and starting from scratch, with less than a month until the regular season starts.

The good news is that Watkins is healthy.

“I’m 100 percent,” he said. “The foot thing is out the door. I probably have to get in a little bit better shape, but other than that, I’m fine.”

The Rams will need him to be better than fine if they hope to get the most out of the trade.

20 responses to “Sammy Watkins was “shocked just like everybody else”

  1. That is just wrong. It just goes to show that they had 0 respect for him as a player and as a man. I mean just how would you feel if you pulled in to work on your boss told you hey you know what you work for another company and you have to be there like tomorrow. I don’t care that you live here have family and friends here and have a life here your gone, later. I mean they didn’t even give him time to say goodbye. Sad sad sad.

  2. You’re a young millionaire, and you just moved from Buffalo to Los Angeles. I’d be shocked too. This is a dream for Watkins. If he stays healthy, he’s an easy top five WR. This should sell lots of season tickets. Now the Rams have a good young QB to build around, and a potential HOF WR.

  3. Injury waiting to happen….potential means NOTHING if you aren’t on the field……buffalo was smart to make this move

  4. At his inability to become the star he was touted to be coming out of college yea. The trade? No. If anything I’m more shocked that somebody traded for him. Which I’ll admit it’s sad cause injuries probably did him in at the pro level.

  5. Watkins has a fragile body to match his whiny attitude. In Buffalo, he never showed any of the “over-the-middle” catch and run explosiveness he displayed in college. Why the Rams would trade for him is beyond me, but they are welcome to him. He won’t be missed.

  6. this guy is a perennial pro bowl player if he was on a team with a decent qb. Swap him and Antonio Brown out and your talking about Watkins being the best wr in game most likely.

    It all comes down to who is throwing you the ball and anything is better then a cfl caliber qb tossing the ball to you like Sammy had for the last several yrs.

  7. It’s amazing to think that both Watkins and Todd Gurley are on the same team now. They put on one of the best shows in college football a few years back, trading big play touchdowns back and forth for Clemson and Georgia.

  8. At least Bustkins admits he was shocked and has no idea what’s going on. Now if only the other jills players and fans could be this honest with themselves they’d be taking a step in the right direction.

  9. Sammy has a very high ceiling and has had moments of domination, such as the KC game where he had over 150 yds and 2 tds at half time. He has had some injury issues, a broken bone in a foot will keep
    anyone off the field. The Bills have led the league in rushing the past two years, so Sammy has not been the first option.
    The trade may work well for both teams.
    Best of luck in the future and much Buffalove to Sammy.

  10. Blame it all on Sammy when he has not had a decent QB to get him the ball or a quality coach to call plays…..it is a great thing he is out of that city

  11. 5 games against Miami: 520 yards and 3 TDs. This Dolphins fan is happy to see him go.

  12. Watson has plenty of ability.

    Matthews has much better AVAIL-ability.

    It’s not tanking; the Bills improved their offense.

  13. I see he already has the excuses ready before the season even starts. He doesn’t know the playbook and is a little bit out of shape according to him.

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