Sammy Watkins looks forward to facing the Browns


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.

40 responses to “Sammy Watkins looks forward to facing the Browns

  1. 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!!

  2. 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 .

  3. 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.

  4. 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.)

  5. 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.

  6. 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…

  7. 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?

  8. 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.

  9. 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

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

  15. 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……

  16. 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!!!!!

  17. 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.

  18. 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?

  19. 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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