It appears Buffalo Bills rookie wide receiver Sammy Watkins has some bitterness towards the Browns for passing on him at No. 4, and instead swapping picks with the Buffalo Bills.
Watkins is aware that the two teams meet this season, says he looks forward to playing against the team he thought would draft him.
“I have a chip on my shoulder for every game, so it’s not just the Browns,” Watkins said at the Rookie Symposium, via Nate Ulrich of the Akron Beacon Journal. “I come out and dominate my opponent every game. I’m sure they’ve got great cornerbacks and great safeties, but my job is to do my job on the field no matter who’s in front of me, whether it’s [Browns cornerback] Joe Haden or [New England Patriots cornerback Darrelle] Revis or [Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard] Sherman, all the greats. My job is to win on the field and do my best.”
“It’ll be a great matchup,” Watkins said. “We can go out there, battle, scrap, have a couple fights. It’s going to be great.”
“Great” will be in the eye of the beholder, especially after Thanksgiving. Chances are that one or both teams won’t be serious contenders by then, making the Watkins angle perhaps the only reason to watch the game. Other than fantasy football.
I think Browns defenders will have a response for those comments.