Orchard Park, N.Y. — While the Buffalo Bills are trying to figure out how they can stretch the field, Sammy Watkins spent Thursday night racking up over 100 receiving yards and two touchdowns in the Rams’ shootout win over the San Francisco 49ers.
The Bills traded Watkins during the preseason for a second-round pick and cornerback E.J. Gaines. While the trade made sense for the long-term, the short-term sting of Watkins going off for a different team is tough to ignore. When Sean McDermott walked to the podium for his Friday press conference, he glanced at the television showing Watkins’ stat line.
“I caught just a small part of the game, so I did see a catch or two that Sammy had,” McDermott said. “I’m happy for him. I’m really happy for him. You develop relationship with guys. I’m happy for him. That said, I’m focused on our team. I’m happy for Sammy and the other guys that went on to have big nights last night.”
Bills fans were pulling their hair out watching Watkins light it up in another uniform. McDermott feels their pain.
“Absolutely,” McDermott said. “I get it. Believe me, I get it. That’s hard to watch from a fan’s perspective and at times from a coach’s perspective. Listen, I’m extremely confident in the guys that we have. You do things for a reason. I like Jordan Matthews, I like Zay Jones, Andre Holmes, Kaelin Clay and Brandon Tate. These are guys that are making plays, that are going to continue to make plays, that are going to continue to grow. We’re confident in those guys.”
The Bills’ wide receivers have 149 yards (third fewest in NFL) on 11 catches (second fewest in NFL). Watkins wasn’t the only former Bills receiver to have a big game, either. Robert Woods was productive for the Rams, and Marquise Goodwin made a few big catches for the 49ers. In total, former Bills had 14 catches for 276 yards and two touchdowns last night.
Hard to watch might be an understatement.
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