May 8, 2014; New York, NY, USA; Sammy Watkins (Clemson) poses for a photo after being selected as the number four overall pick in the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft to the Buffalo Bills at Radio City Music Hall. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports

Sammy Watkins says he’s better now than he was at Clemson


Depending on who you believe, the Buffalo Bills may or may not have attempted to trade up to the No. 1 draft pick to select Sammy Watkins.

They weren’t able to do so, but they did trade up to the No. 4 selection spot where they drafted the uber talented wide receiver.

It cost the Bills quite a bit, but they believe it was a price worth paying. So does Watkins, who says he’s a better player now than he was at Clemson.

“My routes are way better than I was at Clemson,” Watkins said after the 80-minute workout Saturday. “It was more of being fast being quick and just get me the ball. Now it’s more of being detailed, being a route runner, being fluid through your routes and not making everything hard on yourself.   It’s about leverage, pushing your route, pushing depth and being on the same page as the quarterback.”

“I’ve gotten better,” he said. “That’s the NFL. You learn more and more here. You’ve got smarter guys here, guys who teach you details, and that’s what it’s about on Sundays—the details.”

Watkins at Clemson was something special to see, so the fact he already feels he’s running better, more crisp NFL-like routes? And he’s just a few days into a rookie camp? The future looks incredibly bright for the potential franchise wideout.


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