It would be a stretch to say Sammy Watkins got his feet wet Sunday.
Instead, he just dipped his toes into the NFL pool.
Watkins was among the Buffalo Bills' starters on offense to play just two series. He was targeted by quarterback EJ Manuel three times, but wasn't able to make any catches.
"Not at all," Watkins said when asked if he had any butterflies over making his preseason debut. "Once I’m on the field and have two or three plays, I’m fine. I wish I could have got a ball and got tackled, then it would have been out the window. I can’t wait until I catch a ball and get hit."
His next chance will come Friday in Carolina.
"I can't wait to get back out there," he said. "Hopefully we play a little longer. It’s up to the coaches, but we need to get back on the same page and have great practices and come out and be prepared Friday."
The first pass thrown Watkins' way Sunday against the New York Giants was a deep "go" route down the left sideline. Watkins never got much separation from the Giants' cornerback.
"We’ve just got to keep working on the fades. I mean, going against a great corner (Prince Amukamara), he kind of widened me," Watkins said. "I’ve got to get a better release. I go against great guys in practice every day. Stephon Gilmore, Corey Graham, Leodis McKelvin, so I feel like I can compete at the highest level. You see different things in how they play you, but at the same time, you’ve just got to do your technique."
Watkins said the Giants kept things simple defensively, but the physical nature of the game opened his eyes.
"They didn’t show too much. First of all, they was mainly one high, pressing every time," he said. "So really couldn’t get the flow of the game, but you can tell it’s a way more physical game. Theose guys are trying to get their hands on you, so you’ve got to be physical and you’ve got to really go through your steps. That’s being physical and getting off the ball."