This wasn’t the start to his NFL career that Kevin Dodd envisioned when the Titans used an early second-round draft pick on the Clemson defensive end after his dominant performance against Alabama in the 2016 national championship game.

Of course his former college teammate, Bills wide receiver Sammy Watkins, could say the same thing.

Both players have been dogged by painful stress fractures in their feet that have required multiple operations, alternately keeping them off the field and limiting their production on it. They each had a second surgery in January.

“I have ex-teammates I played with in college going through the same situation, like Sammy Watkins. He got the same injury, pretty much,” Dodd told The Tennessean on Thursday after being sidelined through organized team activities. “We’ve basically been doing the same thing, and he’s been through everything I just been through, second procedure and all. So that’s somebody I can look and see him moving forward and progressing and seeing myself progressing, so that’s something I can look forward to.”

The Bills traded two first-round draft picks and a fourth-round selection to move up to draft Watkins with the fourth overall pick in 2014. The 6-foot-1, 211-pound receiver has played in just 21 games over the last two seasons while dealing with a Jones fracture in his left foot.

Watkins had 60 catches for 1,047 yards and nine touchdowns in 13 games in 2015. But he was limited to 28 catches for 430 yards and two scores in eight games last season.