Only 24 hours after Bills receiver Sammy Watkins returned to practice following a 10-month absence from football due to a foot injury, Buffalo’s head coach just hinted at his return date. Rex Ryan told media that barring any setbacks he’s optimistic about the teams #1 receiver being active ‘in some capacity’ this Sunday against the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Rex Ryan said he feels pretty good about Sammy Watkins playing this weekend in some capacity, unless a setback occurs. #Bills
— Joe Buscaglia (@JoeBuscaglia) November 24, 2016
It could just be some professional gamesmanship from One Bills Drive but this is an interesting development. If he’s truly healthy and ready to go that could be a big boost for a Buffalo offense that can’t seem to maintain any continuity at the wide receiver position. But, it seems like rushing Watkins back to action could only increase the risk of re-aggravating his injury.
And after being sidelined since week three it seems like a tall order to practice three times and then make a huge impact on an NFL game. Not saying Sammy isn’t talented enough to do so but Buffalo’s coaching staff needs to make the right decision on this one.
My thoughts are if #14 does happen to suit up this Sunday, he’s used more as a decoy than anything else. Here’s to hoping I’m wrong and Bills Sammy Watkins is able to help his team get a win this weekend.