The Buffalo Bills traded up in the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft to select Clemson wide receiver Sammy Watkins and the team is hoping that they he will be able to make an immediate impact on the field.
So far, so good for the rookie wide receiver.
If first impressions are everything, the Bills have to be thrilled with the way Watkins is handling himself on the field. Rather than coming into the rookie minicamp feeling entitled as a first-round pick, he was putting in the hard work and head coach Doug Marrone is happy with what he has seen.
“For me I would say that I thought after having watched him now for a couple days, my assessment of him is that he probably has better hand-eye coordination that I thought coming in,” Marrone said, according to the Buffalo News.
“Someone told me today he was in here, like 6:45, running routes on air. Those are things that are encouraging. Those are the things you want to hear.”
Watkins putting in the extra work is something that the Bills should expect, because he is ready and willing to put in all of the work to become as great as his talent suggests he should be.
“For me I think I need to work on my routes more than anything,” Watkins said. “I have the speed and size and ability. Now it’s down to the details and the little things. In this league, the cornerbacks are great. They know the details of your routes so you have to be crisp and right on everything. You have to make everything look the same. That’s what I was trying to do, stay straight, keep my head up and work on my routes and my breaking points.”
We will have to see if the hard work pays off.