Rams newcomer Sammy Watkins looking for fresh start following trade

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - JANUARY 01: Buffalo Bills wide receiver Sammy Watkins (14) prior to the National Football League game between the New York Jets and the Buffalo Bills on January 01, 2017, at Met Life Stadium in East Rutherford, NJ. (Photo by Rich Graessle/Icon Sportswire)
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Earlier in the week, the Los Angeles Rams significantly bolstered the team’s offense with the addition of former Buffalo Bills wide receiver Sammy Watkins. While the now infamous trade initially came as a surprise to Watkins, he managed to catch on pretty quickly in the end.

The 24-year-old was ultimately notified that he had been dealt to the Rams after the Bills were defeated by the Minnesota Vikings, 17-10, on Thursday.

“They were targeting me pretty quick,” Watkins said of his first preseason game with the Bills, via ESPN. “And then after the game, I was like, ‘Oh, I probably was out there auditioning.'”

Watkins will not only be getting a fresh start on the West Coast. It also appears as though the veteran pass catcher has finally received a clean bill of health as well.

“I’m 100 percent healthy,” Watkins added. “The foot thing is out the door. I probably need to get in a little bit better shape. Other than that, I’m fine.”

On the other hand, Rams general manager Les Snead already mentioned that the NFC West franchise is “definitely” interested in coming to terms on a long-term contract with the soon-to-be free agent. Even so, it seems as though Watkins would rather allow his play on the field in 2017 to determine his future.

“I gotta handle my business and control what I can control,” Watkins continued. “If I go out there and have a year that I’m expecting to have, then we can talk contract. But I still gotta go out there and do my job and let those guys handle the paperwork, contract, numbers.”

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