It would probably be an understatement to say Sammy Watkins has looked impressive in training camp. He has certainly looked the part as a No. 1 wide receiver in practice with his speed and his hands, like this catch taped by WGR 550's Sal Capaccio.
The rookie is doing the little things outside of practice that put players in position to be special. Doug Marrone was asked after practice recently about Sammy Watkins and CBS Sports' Jason La Confora quoted the Bills coach saying:
He's probably the first player up every morning, and then you also see him working on the field after practice. He's really humble, and he's a hard worker. He's earned it. He's been everything you hope for.
If you were to look for a flaw this preseason for Watkins it would be that he didn't register a catch in the first preseason game. This is probably nitpicking, but if I have to give a weakness this would be it. Watkins was thrown to twice in Sunday night's game; however, neither catch was really catchable.
The first was a deep route that Watkins was able to get separation from his defender, but it was overthrown by Manuel. The second throw came on the next series inside the red zone on a slant by Watkins, but this pass didn't even reach him as it was nearly intercepted by a Giants' defender.
NFL teams generally will keep play-calling in preseason very vanilla, but hopefully the coaching staff can find a way to get the ball in Watkins hands against Carolina.
Verdict: Exceeding Expectations