WR Sammy Watkins
Monday, May 19, 2014
Q: Was your first weekend in the NFL what you expected?A: It was definitely what I expected. Come out here and work hard with the guys and get my footsteps in the right routes and right yardage. That's been the hardest thing, just the transition from college to the pros and getting the right coaching. So far I see myself 10 times better just on my route running, my mechanics and working on the little things.
Q: Coach Marrone said you were in here at 6:45 am on your own running routes. What time did you get here and why did you come in so early?A: For me, I think I need to work on my routes more than anything. I have the speed and size and the ability, now it's just down to the details and the little things. Initially the cornerbacks are great, they know the details of your route and you have to be crisp and right on everything you do and have to make everything look the same. I woke up this morning and that's what I was trying to do. Stay straight, keep my head up and work on my routes and my breaking points.
Q: Did you figure there would be that difference from college to pros in terms of the precisions of the routes?A: Most definitely. I know this game is totally different from college. It's still the same sport, but now guys are ten times smarter. Now this is a job so you're going to do anything in your power to get better at your steps or your speed. Just getting the right rest and eating right, so now it's the time to work on the little things like break points and your eyes and working on the fluidity of your routes.