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Sammy Watkins: "I am prepared."

Posted May 8, 2014

Sammy Watkins spoke to the media via telephone from Radio City Music Hall in New York shortly after being chosen by the Buffalo Bills.

WR Sammy Watkins Conference Call

Thursday, May 8, 2014 

What is your reaction to being a Buffalo Bill?
Very excited. Just a blessing to be a Buffalo Bill. Just to get started with the young guys on the team—EJ (Manuel), C.J. (Spiller), Robert Woods and Stevie Johnson. It is just a blessing.

They gave up a lot of future to get you. How much pressure does that put on your shoulders?
That is a lot, but for me, I think I am prepared. We have a great staff to get you prepared. I have a lot of great receivers that I can stand behind and get me to where I need to be. I need to be 100 percent when I get there. I need to be starting off on the right foot.

Did you have an idea that the Bills would trade up to get you?
I did not really think that they were going to come up to get me, but I had my interview with them and Mr. Doug (Whaley) just kept telling me he was going to come up to get me. I was just thinking it was all fun and games—I was on an interview. Next thing you know, here we come May 8 and I am chosen to be a Buffalo Bill.

You were a Bills fan growing up. How did that happen?
Just being a young kid, you like colors. You like the red, white and blue. You watched all the great receivers they had then and Drew Bledsoe. Then being a kid, you play the games with the best teams and at the time, they were the best team. One of the best teams. So I just used to play the games with them and beat everybody.

Did anything stick out to you from your pre-draft visit?
Yeah, they have a great program going on. You have three (Clemson) Tigers up there; you have guys I played with and guys that weren’t on my team that I went against. It’s a blessing that I’m going to have a couple Tigers up there.

How well do you know C.J. Spiller?
Great guy who helped me through my process with Clemson, who upgraded me and it’s just a blessing to have him throughout my process with Clemson and now I’m going to the Buffalo Bills. It’s just a great process and it’s going to be a great journey.

What do you feel you can contribute and bring to the table right away in the NFL?
As a player I think I bring a lot to the table. You’re going to get a great, you’re going to get a hard player, get a guy that loves the game and a guy that understand the game, understands the power of preparation. I think if I just keep doing what I’ve been doing at Clemson it will translate to the NFL.

What Bills player did you latch on to when you were growing up watching this team?
Andre Reed most of the time. That’s the guy I watched all the time and now he’s a future Hall of Famer. Actually I’m in New York, so I met him a couple times, he was at a couple events with me and told me to keep doing what I’ve been doing and one day I could be in his position.