Sammy Watkins expected to be near 100 percent health for training camp
Sammy Watkins has been hampered by a foot injury for well over a year now, but the Buffalo Bills wide receiver is expected to put those woes behind him when training camp begins.
According to Jay Skurski of The Buffalo News, Watkins’ rehab has been on schedule and he should be “close to 100 percent” when veterans report to training camp on Thursday.
The Bills chose not to pick up the fifth-year option on Watkins’ rookie contract, so the former Clemson star is set to become a free agent after the season. As head coach Sean McDermott alluded to, that decision had everything to do with the receiver’s health.
“Sammy and I have had good conversations about this decision,” McDermott said. “There is no question that Sammy is a very good football player and has worked very hard during his rehab this offseason. We look forward to seeing a healthy Sammy Watkins on the field in 2017.”
Buffalo is expected to host free agent receiver Anquan Boldin for a visit on Monday, and the team could have Boldin in mind as potential insurance for Watkins. There’s no denying that Watkins is an incredible playmaker when healthy, but staying on the field has been a huge issue for him. He’s undergone two foot surgeries since April 2016.