This season, Watkins has made seven receptions on 13 passes for 99 yards with one touchdown, but has never been targeted more than eight times in a game. “That’s what I get mad at,” Watkins said. “When I don’t get looked at.”
Watkins said he feels his quarterback needs to trust him more.
“Everybody looks at you getting zero catches, zero yards but when you look on film 90 percent of the time you’re open,” Watkins said. “I understand that these guys are young and they need some time to trust me. Once we get that trust, it’ll be different. But for me, I need the ball at least 10 times — I need 10 targets — and I’ll be fine with however many yards I get.
“[My agent and I] reached out to a couple people and tried to pull some strings like, ‘Hey, I need my targets. You came up to draft me and I’m not getting targets — that’s a problem. You’re making me look bad and you’re making yourself look bad. Why not make both of us look good?’”
Watkins was drafted by the Bills with the fourth pick of the 2014 NFL draft. He started all 16 games for the Bills in 2014, and made 65 receptions in 128 chances for 982 yards and six touchdowns.
Watkins has not played since Week 3 against the Miami Dolphins, sitting out the last two games with a calf strain. He is expected to play on Sunday, when the Bills (3–2) will face the Cincinnati Bengals (5–0).
- Erin Flynn