The Buffalo Bills officially activated WR Sammy Watkins from their injured reserve list.
The Bills were continuing to express optimism this week that Watkins could be nearing a return to the active lineup, so this doesn’t come as much of a surprise.
In fact, Bills HC Rex Ryan said yesterday that Watkins is “good to go.” However, OC Anthony Lynn said on Friday that he is running at “three quarters speed” and that Watkins’ “long speed” still hasn’t returned, so it will be interesting to see how Buffalo plays him in Week 12.
Watkins, 23, is in the third year of his four-year, $19.935 million rookie contract and stands to make a base salary of $2,232,328 for the 2016 season to go along with $3,138,491 next year.
This season, Watkins has caught six passes for 63 yards receiving and no touchdowns for the Bills over the course of two games.
Blanton, 27, is a former fifth-round pick in the 2012 NFL Draft by the Vikings. He played out his rookie contract before signing a one-year, $840,000 contract with Minnesota back in March.
In 2016, Blanton has appeared in 10 games for the Bills and recorded 35 total tackles and no other statistics. ProFootballFocus rated him as the No. 77 overall safety out of 86 qualifying players.