Sammy Watkins is a Buffalo Bill, and the Bills paid for it with this year’s first rounder and a first and second round pick next year. But a prospect like Watkins is worth the cost. I dreamt of him landing with the Patriots only a few days ago. Watkins pummels defenders in open field. He’s light-of-foot and dances away from coverage with strong route running. He’s unstoppable. Watkins is not a player that the Patriots wanted to land within their division.
The silver lining, however, is that Patriots fans get to watch Watkins face-off against Darrelle Revis two times a year. Assuming that Watkins is the number one receiver right away — and he should be — a youngster will test a veteran in a battle of a spry Watkins verses the wily Revis. It’s a good thing that Brandon Browner will be back from suspension at that point too, because Stevie Johnson, now perhaps the Bills number two receiver, is not an easy cover.
This selection doesn’t leapfrog the Bills past the Patriots in the AFC East, but the young passing offense in Buffalo could be a force to be reckoned with. And E.J. Manuel is going to look a lot better next year.