The Bills had Sammy Watkins No. 1 on their entire draft board last spring, and it’s already easy to see why.

Just three days into his first NFL training camp, the former Clemson wide receiver is turning heads and leaving Buffalo’s playoff-starved fans giddy at the possibilities.

It’s not just the fans who are excited, either. Though stressing context and pleading for patience, Bills coach Doug Marrone barely could seem to contain himself Monday after Watkins put on a dazzling show in workouts.

“He’s made plays in this camp — you guys have seen it,” Marrone said after a two-hour practice here at St. John Fisher College. “We just need to make sure we continue developing him. He’s a good football player, and I think it’s [a situation] that, you sit there …”

Marrone paused and smiled, his mind appearing to drift off momentarily as he pondered all the things Watkins could do for a Buffalo team that hasn’t made the playoffs since 1999 — the longest postseason drought in the NFL.

“The guy is making plays,” Marrone said, snapping back into the moment. “A lot of people are excited.”
They’re excited because Watkins looked like a star from virtually the first snap of the first day of training camp Sunday, then turned up the volume Monday with a series of highlight-reel catches against Buffalo’s starting defense.

Watkins caught everything EJ Manuel threw his way the first two days, including one play in which he spun the opposing cornerback around like a top with a fearsome double move before easily hauling in a wide-open 60-yard touchdown in 11-on-11 drills.