FORT MYERS, Fla.- After the Buffalo Bills picked Sammy Watkins fourth overall in the NFL draft, the young wide receiver knew he’d have some adjusting to do.
“I was a rookie,” Watkins told WINK Sports, “I didn’t really want to say too much. I just let everything play out.”
The Bills went 9-7, finishing the season with one of their best records in a decade. Watkins had six touchdowns; he would have had seven if not for an early celebration against the Jets when he was tackled at the five yard line.
“I’ll never let that happen again. I think I made one of the worst mistakes, looking at the jumbotron and not really noticing where he’s at,” Watkins said referring to Jets’ Saalim Hakim, who tackled him. “He was really close and that was a bonehead mistake by me.”
It’s been a balancing act, being a good ball player and also a loving dad to his seven-month-old daughter.
“It’s great,” Watkins said, “you have the best of both worlds. You got something that you’re doing that you love, and then you can come home to your family, play around, walk outside, take her on a walk.”
Something else he had to get used to was the snow! Watkins posted numerous pictures and videos on his Instagram account of snow-covered Buffalo.
“When I opened my door, all the snow came in the house,” Watkins said, “I didn’t make a snowman but I kind of played in it a little bit, but it was too cold out!”
Now with former Jets head coach Rex Ryan heading up the Buffalo Bills, Watkins says he’s excited for what next year could bring.