'Sammy. Catches. Everything.' The Bills are counting on Watkins to come up big

OC Nathaniel Hackett: 'EJ Manuel just finds him. Throws it to him early, he goes up and catches it. It’s so exciting'

Buffalo Bills first-round draft pick Sammy Watkins relaxes after participating in NFL football rookie camp at the team's facility in Orchard Park, N.Y., Saturday, May 17, 2014. (AP Photo/Bill Wippert)

Buffalo Bills first-round draft pick Sammy Watkins relaxes after participating in NFL football rookie camp at the team's facility in Orchard Park, N.Y., Saturday, May 17, 2014. (AP Photo/Bill Wippert)

Sammy. Catches. Everything.

Or so the Buffalo Bills' official Twitter account proclaimed after the former Clemson star's initial workout after joining the team this spring.

It's an attribute the Bills are counting on as they attempt to build themselves back into NFL playoff contention.

“He’s a guy we have to get the ball to a whole bunch,” Nathaniel Hackett, the engineer of Buffalo's up-tempo offense, told the Bills' official website “Good players just naturally start getting the ball, whether you call a play for him or not. I think it just showed here in practice with what we’ve done.

"It might not necessarily be his number, but EJ (Manuel) just finds him. Throws it to him early, he goes up and catches it. It’s so exciting.”

As the Bills' website blogger notes, "the more plays that are run, the more chances players like Watkins and CJ Spiller have to break one for a long touchdown. And this is where Watkins can truly make a difference."

In other words, Watkins should be right at home with what the Bills are trying to do offensively.

Overall, the Bills are expected to take a step forward in the sophistication and complexity of their offense this season, as Manuel - a rookie last year - grows into the Hackett/Doug Marrone offensive system. Still, the offense will be based on Manuel's ability to deliver the ball quickly to players like Watkins and Spiller, and then let the playmakers do the downfield work.

It's an area in which the Bills have plenty of room for improvement - last season they ranked just 28th in the NFL in yards-after-catch.

Watkins is accustomed to a system in which every touch - even the shortest pass - has big-play potential.

“My mentality is to score every play,” Watkins told BuffaloBills.com. “That’s my mentality, to score and catch every ball that touches my hands. To create a problem for the defense, to make the defensive coordinator think hard, to make them double guard me. That’s my job. To dominate cornerbacks, safeties, defense, linebackers and that’s what I take pride in, in scoring all over the field.”

It all starts with 'Sammy. Catches. Everything.'

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