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NFL Notes: Bills, Sammy Watkins, Giants, Anquan Boldin & Texans

Bills

Bills WR Sammy Watkins recently backed off a bit on his recent prediction that he would miss just “two or three days” of training camp.

Instead, Watkins told ESPN’s Vaughn McClure that he’s hoping to be ready for training camp, but it possible he may not be.

Hopefully I’ll be back [for training camp],” Watkins said. “If not, then cool. Get ready for the first [regular season] game.

Regarding whether he’ll be able to return for the early part of training camp, Watkins says he’s hopeful, but still unsure of how he’ll feel at that point in time.

“You never know,” said Watkins. “Right now I feel good but I got to go back and train and rehab. Hopefully it feels good when I run and everything like that. I haven’t ran in three or four weeks. Hopefully I’ll feel good about it and I’ll be on the field in training camp.”

Giants

  • Jordan Raanan of NJ.com likes the idea of the Giants possibly signing veteran WR Anquan Boldin to a contract at some point to bolster their receiving corps. Raanan mentions that Boldin would give the Giants a veteran presence and a quality mentor for their younger receivers.
  • Beyond that, Boldin would be an insurance option in case something should happen to Victor Cruz.
  • According to Raanan, there’s at least some question as to whether New York may already have a similar type of receiver with Geremy Davis.
  • One thing that has particular stood out to Raanan up to this point, is the play-making ability of third-round pick Darian Thompson.
  • Second-round WR Sterling Shepard has also shown the ability to make defenders miss, which could make him a solid compliment to Odell Beckham Jr.
  • In terms of a breakout player, mentions LB Devon Kennard as someone who could turn heads in 2016, as long as he stays healthy.

Texans

Texans GM Rick Smith said they’re hoping former No. 1 overall pick Jadeveon Clowney has already had as many injuries “as he needs to have.

“When he’s been on the field, he’s been pretty disruptive, pretty impactful,” Smith said, via the Houston Chronicle. “It’s just that he has suffered some injuries, which you would hope is that he’s already had as many as he needs to have, right? Just from a standpoint of luck, hopefully the guy has had his share of injuries and he will have an opportunity to play for an extended amount of time because I think what you see, when you see him on the field, you see productive play. He’s going to work at that. Some of those injuries it’s not like he’s getting hurt because he’s not working. The nature of the injuries he’s had are not such that it’s an indicator of the guy’s not being conditioned or ready to play. It’s just the nature of the game. Hopefully, he’s had his share of them and he’ll be on the field consistently.”

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