Buffalo Bills news, 5/18: Sammy Watkins impressive as rookie minicamp opens

Streeter Lecka

Sammy Watkins did everything well yesterday as Buffalo Bills rookie minicamp opened.

Success is only thing that will satisfy Kouandjio’s hunger - Sports - The Buffalo News

A great profile of Cyrus Kouandjio from Bucky Gleason. Nicely done. It shows why the immigrant is so hungry - and it's not as much about his massive frame as you'd expect.

Rookie minicamp

Doug Marrone: "All I care about is what you’re going to do now" - BuffaloBills.com
"Doug Marrone addressed the media following the first day of Bills rookie minicamp in Orchard Park."

Bills Roundup: Rookie Minicamp Begins - VIDEO - BuffaloBills.com
"First round pick Sammy Watkins and the rest of the rookies hit the field for the first time as Buffalo opened its 2014 Rookie Minicamp in Orchard Park."

Rookies take the field for Bills minicamp - BuffaloBills.com
"The 2014 rookie class took the field for the first time on Saturday, as minicamp kicked off from One Bills Drive."

Sammy Watkins: "You have to love what it takes to be great" - BuffaloBills.com
"WR Sammy Watkins spoke to the media following his first practice at Bills rookie minicamp on Saturday." Video available.

Inside The Bills | Marrone’s message to rookies
"The one thing I told them before is that this is a league that’s not going to wait on you," he said.  "Either you get to know it, you learn it and you go out there and play it or you’re not going to be here very long. "

Watkins puts Bills’ offense in good hands - Sports - The Buffalo News
"It didn’t matter where the ball was thrown Saturday. Sammy Watkins was there to catch it. The Buffalo Bills’ first-round draft pick more than looked the part on the first day of the team’s rookie minicamp."

WGR 550 SportsRadio - Bills' Watkins Thinks He's Already A Better Receiver
"Offensive coordinator Nate Hackett usually spoke with Watkins after every route. They also worked together on the sideline."

WGR 550 SportsRadio - The Bills's Get Their First Look At The Kids
"This was a day where Marrone spent a lot of time telling the media how he approaches things. He’d get asked specific questions and totally ignore them because he had a message to get out." For instance, he mentioned he doesn't care about "production," his focus is "winning games."

Sammy Watkins debuts as Buffalo Bills open rookie minicamp - ESPN
"Watkins did not take part in special-teams drills Saturday, instead receiving one-on-one instruction from offensive coordinator Nate Hackett and wide receivers coach Rob Moore:"

Rookie WR Watkins quickly catching on with Bills | Pro32: Head to Head
"On one play, he made a double-move — driving inside before making a sharp cut to the outside — that had cornerback Ross Cockrell completely turned around and going the wrong way. Watkins was wide open along the right sideline."

Bills add Brown to list of draft picks signed - BuffaloBills.com
"It leaves only top pick Sammy Watkins, second round pick Cyrus Kouandjio and fifth round selection Cyril Richardson as the only unsigned members of the 2014 draft class."

"Vandemonium"

Roth: 'Vandemonium' coming to the Ralph - Democrat and Chronicle
"What? You can't do that. You have to have a player. I voted for Bennett,'' Van protested. "Well, I don't think it's right, but I appreciate it fellas. Thank you.''

Time for Van to join Bills’ Wall of Fame - Olean Times Herald: Sports
Chuck Pollack gives a great remembrance of Van Miller, as both were part of the committee to add the latter's name to the Wall of Fame.

It’s Fandemonium as Miller earns Bills Wall of Fame spot - Sports - The Buffalo News
"No other "voice" of an NFL team is on a team’s wall of fame. Miller was adamant about expressing his gratitude toward Ralph Wilson."

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Rank's 11 Offseason Sleepers: Into the (Robert) Woods - NFL.com
"Woods is going to be big this year. I won't say he's going to put up Josh Gordon-like numbers this season, but he's going to get around 1,200 yards with double-digit touchdowns. Believe that."

Mike Williams of Buffalo Bills due back in court, rejected from pre-trial program - ESPN
"Hadley Engelhard, Williams' agent, did not immediately respond to a request for comment about why Williams was rejected from the pre-trial diversion program, but it's possible that Williams cannot complete the program because he moved to Buffalo."

Buffalo looking for a owner who values loyalty over greed - City & Region - The Buffalo News
"If his main focus is to compete with the likes of Dallas’s Jerry Jones on the ledger sheet, the 2019 easy-exit window in the Bills’ lease is likely an escape hatch. If, instead, he’d rather beat the Joneses of the NFL on the field instead of at the box office – and if he values ego-strokes and community appreciation as much as dollars – then he’ll likely be happy wallowing long-term in Buffalove."

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