Watkins had two catches on five targets in the Bills' loss to the New York Jets. He has started off this season at glacial pace. Watkins has only six catches for 63 yards heading into Week 3 against a tough Arizona Cardinals secondary, led by Pro Bowler Patrick Peterson.
"We'll be smart, we'll hold [Sammy] out of some things," Bills coach Rex Ryan told WKBW's Joe Buscaglia Monday.
Ryan said last week that new offensive coordinator Anthony Lynn will get Watkins more involved in the Bills' offense.
"Watkins is a special talent and going forward will try to get him the football more," Ryan told Bills Insider Chris Brown.
Rex- Watkins is a special talent and going forward will try to get him the football more. #Bills— Chris Brown (@ChrisBrownBills) September 16, 2016
Although Watkins looks very hard to trust heading into the third week of the season, he's probably at the point where other owners might be too afraid to buy low on him due to his injury concerns. Watkins might be a player whom you have to wait out a few more weeks to see what he can do. I expect him to eventually put up WR2 numbers, but I would slot him as a boom-or-bust WR3 for Week 3.
#Bills HC Rex Ryan: We'll be smart, we'll hold [Sammy] out of some things.— Joe Buscaglia (@JoeBuscaglia) September 19, 2016
But Watkins, who sat out during crunch time near the end of the Jets game, is not a lock yet to play against the Cardinals.
"I think he'll play, but we'll see how he progresses through the week," Ryan told Jay Skurski of the Buffalo News.
Rex on Sammy: "I think he'll play, but we'll see how he progresses through the week." #Bills— Jay Skurski (@JaySkurski) September 19, 2016
Watkins is still recovering from a lingering offseason foot surgery. He had five games in 2015 with three catches or fewer. He topped six catches in a game just twice in 2015.