As Bills receiver Sammy Watkins prepares for his first game against Patriots cornerback Darrelle Revis, the rookie expects to see plenty of the veteran.
“We actually found he’s gonna be following me around the field, so I’m gonna have to be prepared for his jams,” Watkins said Wednesday, via Mike Rodak of ESPN.com. “He’s very smart. I have to be very competitive and smart off the ball.”
It’s unclear how Watkins and the Bills know that Revis will be guarding him; if Watkins played for the Patriots and Revis for the Bills, there likely would be a Spygate reference or two in the comments. (There may be anyway.) Regardless, it doesn’t take a covert listening device to know that Revis, who shut down Cincinnati’s A.J. Green on Sunday night, will likely be deployed to defend one of the best young wideouts in the game, whose trail-hand-tip-drill against the Lions may have prevented an interception that could have fueled a Detroit win.
“Really get the best matchup of the year and I got to come out and prepare,” said Watkins, who finally has exited the injury report after battling a rib injury since the preseason. “I think the scout team is doing a great job. I got those guys being a pest, so I can be ready to perform Sunday.”
Revis will be more than a pest on Sunday. For Watkins, it’ll be a chance to put the league on notice that the Bills made the right move by trading up from No. 9 to No. 4 in round one to get him.