Sammy Watkins discusses the ‘bad energy’ of HC Sean McDermott of the Buffalo Bills, drinking every night and praying to get out of Buffalo in B / R interview
Sammy Watkins is not going to fall like a bust. He has been overly productive in his career and has shown the playing potential that made the Bison Tickets move to No.4 in the 2014 NFL Draft with the Bills, Los Angeles Rams and Kansas City Chiefs.
That said, Watkins wasn’t the player many thought he would be when he left Clemson and from an interview with Bleacher Report’s Ty Dunne, it seems Watkins has no one to blame but himself – same.
In the high-profile interview, Watkins talks a lot about his first three years in Buffalo. The receiver was heading for stardom after registering 125 receptions for 2,029 yards and 15 touchdowns in 29 games, but was bracing for an off-field failure.
According to Watkins, he partied every night in Chippewa and also smoked a lot.
“He knows what everyone has seen: a ceramic bust. From broken ribs to a tear in the hip to a gluteal, hamstring, calf and, of course, the foot, Watkins could have been suplexed into. 100 tables in his first three years in the NFL and come out healthier than that. The Bills had mortgaged their future not for Khalil Mack, Aaron Donald or Odell Beckham Jr. in 2014, but rather for another reason for which the Buffalonians cursed the sports gods.
But here’s what you haven’t seen: a 21-year-old drinking every night. This is no exaggeration. Watkins partied “every night” – yes, “every night,” he repeats – turning downtown Buffalo’s Chippewa Street into his own personal fellowship party. Beer, liquor — Watkins did not discriminate by setting his $ 12.8 million signing bonus on fire with friends who followed him north. “Live fast,” he calls out, wielding a faux blunt. Yes, he smoked a lot too.
He treated his body terribly.
“I would go out and get lost,” he said. “Wasted, wasted. “
Then he would wake up, go to practice and suffer the consequences. Along the way, his body deteriorated. When he thinks about it, he now admits: Those injuries were largely the result of his own behavior. “
Watkins’ injuries were a mixture of bad luck and self-sabotage. He told Dunne that after suffering another foot injury in his third season, he stopped going through rehab treatments and went so far as to remove his walking boot so that he could run around Buffalo.
“Instead of receiving scheduled treatment, he stayed away from the Bills facility. No one heard a glance from Watkins as he, admittedly an idiot, ripped the boot off his foot to jog around town. He returned to action too soon, in two and a half months, and only further damaged his foot. Of course, he was hurting himself all this, but he couldn’t see it. Not at the time. His life was at a crossroads.
It’s likely that Sean McDermott heard a lot about Watkins after he became the team’s head coach in 2017. McDermott, a down-to-earth head coach, probably wanted to see what he had at Watkins before he went. make a decision on the wide catcher. For Watkins, however, McDermott was “bad energy.”
Reappearing in July, Watkins only felt the bad energy of new Bills head coach Sean McDermott. As McDermott was testing it, setting it off, waging a ‘mind war’ to blow it up. Watkins never asked for one. exchange, but he wanted out. I needed him. Literally looked in a mirror in his St. John Fisher College dorm room at Bills training camp and prayed, every night, Get me out of here. Please, God.
“And,” Watkins said, “I think McDermott heard my prayers. “
It probably didn’t take long for McDermott to realize that Watkins was the type of player who could derail the culture he hoped to build in Buffalo. With Watkins’ stock still high, McDermott was able to acquire a second-round pick and cornerback EJ Gaines for Watkins and a sixth-round pick.
Watkins, to his credit, won a Super Bowl with the Kansas City Chiefs, but he’s unlikely to ever reach the cap many imagined for him. The wide receiver needed to restructure his contract this offseason to avoid looking for a fourth team in seven seasons.
Dunne’s fascinating article on Watkins can be read here: What Sammy Watkins believes
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