Buffalo Bills rookie wide receiver Sammy Watkins has dazzled us all offseason long with highlight-reel plays, especially vine videos of his performances in practice that have now graced the internet. Watkins is easily one of the most talented players in this draft class, and the Bills even had him at the top of their board, which explains Doug Whaley’s willingness to move up for him so aggressively. The success of the Bills offense largely hinges on the steps E.J. Manuel makes in his second season, but he has a strong trio of wideouts on his hands in Watkins, Mike Williams, and fellow second-year pro Robert Woods.
Watkins suffered a rib injury earlier this month, and he then aggravated it in the team’s preseason finale against the Detroit Lions. His first rib injury caused a small stir before he was cleared without issue, so this latest ailment caused plenty of concern given Watkins’s importance, the fact that it was an aggravation, and the proximity to the regular season.
But rest assured, the Clemson product is fine, as the NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reports that he “should be good to go”, meaning that he will most likely be out there in Week 1. Rapoport began the tweet by stating that the Bills “dodged” a significant injury here, so it’s great to receive some very positive news regarding Watkins’s status. He isn’t guaranteed to be out there, but I would be surprised if he misses his regular season debut.