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Sammy Watkins Improving Route Running During OTAs

June 6th, 2014 at 9:00 AM
By Anthony Custode Jr

Buffalo Bills rookie wide receiver Sammy Watkins was an explosive receiver in college, but he knows that he needs to tighten up his ability to run routes in order to be successful in the NFL.

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In college, the scheme was to get the ball to Watkins. However, the next level is full of speed on both sides of the ball, and Watkins knows he must perfect his route running in order to find space in the secondary.

“You’ve got different routes than I was running in college. There are so many routes in this offense,” Watkins told Buffalobills.com. “Most of them are similar but you got to have steps, it’s more steps now than yards. You got to get the correct steps to get your yardage. So that’s been the biggest struggle. But this week, I’ve been doing all my steps and revolutions, I know how to do them now so now I’m running my routes perfect.”

Route running was the key to Stevie Johnson's game while he was in Buffalo, but his antics and inability to catch the ball in clutch situations made him expendable, leaving the door open for Watkins.

Watkins knows he is expected to produce in week one, and beyond, and he is putting in the work to ensure that he is ready for the challenge. 

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