Sammy Watkins sounds off against the Bills


When the Bills loaded up the offense with a bunch of weapons, it became inevitable that someone would complain publicly about not getting the ball as much as he wanted it. Most expected the griping to come from someone like running back LeSean McCoy or receiver Percy Harvin.

Surprisingly, it’s coming from receiver Sammy Watkins.

“Everybody looks at you getting zero catches, zero yards but when you look on film 90 percent of the time you’re open,” Watkins told Tyler Dunne of the Buffalo News.

“I need the ball at least 10 times — I need 10 targets — and I’ll be fine with however many yards I get,” Watkins said; he has only seven catches for 99 yards and one touchdown in three games this season.

And it’s more than just chatter. Watkins said he raised his concerns with agent Eugene Parker, in the hopes that Parker would voice the concerns to the appropriate people in the organization.

“We reached out to a couple people and tried to pull some strings like, ‘Hey, I need my targets. You came up to draft me and I’m not getting targets — that’s a problem,” Watkins said. “You’re making me look bad and you’re making yourself look bad. Why not make both of us look good?'”

Watkins wants the ball when he’s open, and he believes that he’s always open whenever he’s facing single coverage.

“That’s what I get mad at, when I don’t get looked at,” Watkins said. “I can look at film and his eyes go straight that way and I’m not getting looked at, at all. That’s when I get frustrated. When I have one-on-one coverage, go to me. I don’t care what’s going on over there. I don’t care if he’s open. When I get one on one, just target me.”

Watkins pointed out that other top receivers get that kind of treatment.

“Their quarterbacks go to them in every one-on-one situation,” Watkins said. “Force the ball. The only things that’ll happen are I catch it or knock it out.”

Watkins seems to be satisfied with what he was told by the team — but apparently not sufficiently satisfied to him his complaints to himself.

“I was told, ‘Look, you’re going to get the targets that you need. You’re going to start getting 100 yards every game,’” Watkins said. “That’s really the focus: winning. If I get 80, 90, 100 yards, we’re winning the majority of our games. That helps, not only me, but the whole offense click. Then I start getting more double-coverage and you run the ball to the right and Percy’s going over the top. That’s the biggest thing.”

Actually, the biggest thing is that the team is winning. But with coach Rex Ryan saying he won’t muzzle his players, Watkins apparently believes he could air out the dirty laundry of a team that doesn’t need to have its offensive players crowing about not getting the ball more than they’re getting it.

Especially with plenty of other guys on the team who will see fit to follow suit, especially if Watkins’ complaints get him more touches.

82 responses to “Sammy Watkins sounds off against the Bills

  1. Sounds like Rex rubbed off on humble Sammy real quick. Play the hand you’re dealt Sammy, throwing people under the bus gets you nowhere (allegedly).

  2. Seems like it wasn’t that long ago divas like Randy Moss, TO, Ochocinco, et al proved themselves to be great players before whining about every little thing.

  3. Going with the click-bait headline I see. Just glossing over the fact that he says winning is the focus. I wouldn’t expect anything different from you.

    I don’t love that he got his agent involved, but he is 100% right that when he is covered one on one he usually gets open and needs to be thrown to. He’s got the same kind of ability as OBJ, which is why going into that draft he was everyone’s (including the Giants) top receiver. Get the man the ball, and if this is what I takes to make it happen, then great.

  4. It’s also distressing to hear that his agent is Eugene Parker. He’ll be looking to leave the Bills the first chance he gets. In fact he may have already asked for a trade.

  5. And welcome to the down side of planet Rex. Where 19 games, 72 receptions, 1081 yards and 7 TDs in to his career Sammy Watkins gets off spouting like T.O. in his prime.

    It’s great having Rex around for the entertainment factor, provided he never coaches he doesn’t coach a team you care about.

  6. U know it’s not his fault. You draft a WO that high and give up picks to get him its usually done when the team has a great QB already in place and its the kind of move to get you over the top. In Buffalo he has had running QB’s and its hard when they just don’t have the arm talent to get you the ball. Should he shut up sure but it doesn’t mean that he’s wrong.

  7. The timing is odd. Sammy has not played in 2 weeks and only has his own health issues to blame for that. He has also only played in 2 full games this season and caught 6 passes and a TD in the second game. As a Bills fan i want him to get more targets as well, but most people are criticizing his inability to stay healthy, not his inability to play ball. God forbid he ever held himself accountable though.

  8. How about playing in a few games before you spout off Sammy. Can’t catch the ball sitting in the tub!

  9. Evidence he is an idiot: “I don’t care if he’s open”. Uhhh, if he’s open and you’re covered, albeit by one guy, that QB wont be in the league very long if he is throwing it to you.

  10. Watkins is the kind of guy who will be gone first chance he gets because he’ll ask for an absurd amount of money. Hell land on a team willing to spend it all on him and put up decent stats on a bad team.

  11. Tyrod Taylor is not going to constantly get Watkins the ball. Not saying Taylor is bad, I actually think he’s good, but he’s more of a grinder style QB. Targets will come and go but they will probably never be constant.

  12. Too bad Rex Ryan once again decided to go with career 3rd string qbs for starting jobs. He never learns. They should see if they can trade for manning. Talk is heating up in denver that manning is on the hot seat if he keeps playing so poorly.

  13. If he were a member of Pgh, he would be on the inactive list until traded or released outright. It is a joke how some of these guys think. And, the Bengals superstar did not behave like that for many of his years there.

  14. They traded up for him. He’s right. And beckham is no watkins yet nobody has had the chance to see it. Targeting sammy more will go a long way toward making the passing game more consistent.

  15. Says the guy whos injured every other week, try playing in 80 percent of your games first.. before you demand the ball, heck make it to the pro bowl as a alternate reserve before complaining about the ball.

  16. Dallas should make a trade for him ASAP – Romo, Dez, Watkins, Witten, McFadden (or Michael), and Beasley in the slot. Williams and a 2nd rounder for Watkins. I know about the salary cap, but they could work something out. Do it!!

  17. Chile, pleeze. You ain’t gettin’ the ball ’cause T-Mobile wanna be like Mike Vick and RGIII and get-all-the-glory for himself lol In other words: 1st Option (T-Mobile)…3rd Option (Sammy Watkins)

  18. ReligionIsForIdiots says:
    Oct 15, 2015 9:57 PM

    Not even Jerry Rice was open 90% of the time, but okay there knucklehead.’


    But he was still the #1 target the majority of the time.

  19. 1. You’re injured evert other week.

    2. Last year you made c’mon man for not finishing a play b/c you let up against the jets… Your current head coach was there…

    3. You have not been on the field for 2.5 weeks.

    4. Knock it off

  20. I agree with Watkins I’m a niner fan but why did you move up to draft him ? Get the ball in shady and Watkins hands ! No brainier but Ryan a idiot

  21. bvolke says:
    Oct 15, 2015 10:33 PM
    Sammy is right. Throwing the ball to him more wouldn’t exactly hurt the team.
    Tough to throw it to him when he is on the bench

  22. Sammy, you’ve been on the shelf ever since Taylor came to town. He’s had no reps with you at camp, preseason or regular season.

    Get healthy and allow time for familiarity. Going public with something like this sounds counter-productive. I wasn’t there, but what has been printed sounds extremely selfish.

    Next, we’ll here Watkins try to explain what he said, which is never a good situation.

  23. Watkins confirms what we all know but Bills fans refuse to believe. Taylor is a one read QB that runs at the first bit of pressure.

    Bills fans are praying that the Bills make the playoffs this year because this team is going to implode faster than the Jets did. 3 years and Rex is gone.

  24. Watkins has been “cursed” with bad QB’s who couldn’t get him the ball but that being said he has definately been injury prone during his time in Buffalo. Yes he did play through the injuries last season but he hasn’t been on the field hardly at all this season so he shouldn’t be whining to the media about not getting the ball. Hey Sammy, stay healthy and maybe you’ll get more balls.

  25. This idiot thinks he can get targets by going to the owner or the front office.

    Here’s an idea – work on developing a report with your quarterbacks instead of actin like a queen.

  26. The majority of people that post on this site are idiots. Sammy is the best athlete on the team and a major offensive force. Has he had some injury issues? Yes. That doesnt mean Sammy does not deserve more looks/passes. You go with the guys who produce and typically when Sammy gets the ball he produces!!

  27. I don’t blame Sammy. When your a wide receiver in the nfl your job is…… catch the ball. If your not getting the ball thrown your way its hard to …. catch the ball. Therefore when its time to reup his contract they look at the numbers and ultimately will cost him money. Btw browns give back half of what the bills gave up and trade for him or straight up for Josh Gordon.

  28. C’mon Rex. I want to like you as a coach but a player sounding off like this publicly should not happen, ever. You don’t seem to keep control of a team much.

  29. It’s a lot easier to get those targets when you aren’t always hurt and actually play Sammy…bust!

  30. You can rightly criticize the guy for airing this in public. What you cannot criticize the guy for is the content of what he says. Sounds right on to me. No targets for your highly-drafted young WR just sounds stupid.

  31. taintedsaints2009 says:
    Oct 15, 2015 10:59 PM
    Too bad Rex Ryan once again decided to go with career 3rd string qbs for starting jobs. He never learns. They should see if they can trade for manning. Talk is heating up in denver that manning is on the hot seat if he keeps playing so poorly.
    All of New England and the AFC East would embrace this as well. Manning is junk at this point.

  32. And so it starts…..its just a matter of time before Harvin starts getting headaches. Theres only one ball to go around.

  33. They should see if they can trade for manning. Talk is heating up in denver that manning is on the hot seat if he keeps playing so poorly


    Why would they trade for a guy who is playing poorly?

  34. Looks like he has EJ Manuel starting as his QB this week.. I don’t sense many targets again..lmao

  35. So to that guy who gloated that “Watkins is better at life than Bryant” back in September… is being “better at life” being a public crybaby embarrassing your team with your diva drama, whining that you’re not getting enough catches? Is being “better at life” pouting in a year that’s been positive for the team? Is announcing in public the EXACT NUMBER of targets you DEMAND per game being “better at life”? Is being “better at life” setting yourself up to be a total locker-room cancer? Because if this is being “better at life” I think I’ll take the guy who isn’t better.

    You’ll never hear Bryant stir up trouble like this.

  36. I think Sammy has shown himself to be a professional, team first player that handles issues internally (last years injuries and scattered QB play). Considering that he has not played the last 2 games the commentary is oddly timed. These comments wreak of manipulation from his agent Eugene Parker. While Parker represented some all-timers (Deion, Curtis Martin, Emitt Smith) his guidance encouraged them all to move on, hold out and leverage the teams to make a bad organizational decision or cut bait. Parker orchestrated the Crabtree holdout for instance, and to the ire of Bills fans forced Jason Peters and Jarius Byrd, both beloved by the fans. I get it. the players are in a business where their ability is a commodity, but they need to be true to themselves and not be stock prices that are manipulated by agents. As a GM, out of principle and future heart(head)ache I would have a difficult time bringing in a player repped by Parker.

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