Rex Says He is Afraid of Sammy Watkins Ahead of Game With Bills on Monday
Rex Ryan admitted that the mention of Sammy Watkins scares the hell out of him. According to New York Post, Ryan knows what Buffalo Bills are capable of doing in their clash that has been scheduled for Monday due to heavy snow.
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Ryan who is the coach for New York Jets stated that he remembers the offensive of Watkins like it was yesterday. “After getting scorched by him, my feeling has not changed at all,” Ryan said this week.
“He had like 150 yards against us, had the touchdown and then the celebration for 80 yards. I think it just kind of confirms what everybody in our building thought, that this guy was an outstanding player and a guy that doesn’t come down the pipe very often.”
It's not only Ryan who fears Watkins. Jets defensive coordinator, Dennis Thurman was quoted on October 26 saying that the he was afraid of the Bills wide receiver. “He scared me [at Clemson] and I wasn’t even working against him,” Thurman said.
Jets have every reason to worry because their last encounter with Watkins is still fresh in their minds. As a matter of fact, the wide receiver recorded 157 yards which were broken down to 84 receptions and 61 yards. Watkins would have actually earned more points if only he were not carried by the celebratory mood after the 5 yards because he could have been long.
Watkins is currently at the top of the rankings with 122 yards and only two touchdowns this season. He actually led Bills in defeating Vikings last month thanks to his speed. The Jets are now determined to ensure that he does not get favorable chances like in their previous clashes.
Since the match will be played in an enclosed arena, Jets are hoping to capitalize on many passes. Besides that, they are banking on Percey Harvin to counter the speed of Watkins. Jaiquawn Jarrett argued that he was sure that the Jets will beat Watkins in his own game.
Cornerback Phillip Adams stated they can not take any chances with Watkins. “If shutting him down means winning the game, then that’s what we have to do,” Adams said.
“He’s a great young talent and it’s going to be a challenge, but we’re going to do everything that we can possibly do to not let him have that kind of game again. We’re really going to be prepared for him to take away some of the things that he does.”
Ryan is popularly known for playing defensive games. In fact NFL puts him at position two for having the poorest defense strategy. He argued that his team is torn between improving their performance and stopping Watkins.
“You can’t just stay on top all the time,” Ryan said. “You have to challenge people, and usually we are a pretty good third-down defense. This year we have been horrendous. … There is that fine line. You can say, ‘Hey, just don’t let the ball go over your head, that’s great,’ but they are going to go 8, 9, 10 yards a click on you, and they are going to get it down there eventually. So, you can’t play defense that way either.”
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