The Buffalo Bills traded up to the No. 4 spot in the NFL Draft in May to select the consensus best wide receiver in the draft in Sammy Watkins, someone who is expected to make an immediate impact on their offense.
But Watkins told reporters after the team's first practice Sunday that while he himself also expects to make an instant impact, he also understands that he doesn't have to put too much pressure on himself.
"With our offense, we’ve got a lot of explosive guys, so for me it's just about coming in right away and trying to make plays," Watkins said. "Don't try and be Superman, but play my role and everything will work out."
Watkins also said he feels like he needs plenty more work before he's able to make the kind of impact that's expected of him.
For two of his three seasons at Clemson, Watkins had the type of performances that now have Buffalo fans so excited. Bursting onto the scene as a freshman in 2011, Watkins caught 82 balls for 1,219 yards. During his sophomore year in 2010, he struggled with a suspension and injuries, but he returned to dominant form last year, finishing with 101 catches for 1,464 yards.
The Bills went 6-10 last season and haven't made the playoffs since 1999.
- Jack Jorgensen