Sammy Watkins won't get his wish next season.
The Buffalo Bills' top receiver was clear that he wanted to see his position coach, Sanjay Lal, return in 2017 regardless of who was named head coach. That won't happen, though, as Lal took a job as the Indianapolis Colts' wide receivers coach Wednesday.
"That's one guy that I don't want to leave," Watkins said at the end of the 2016 season. "Probably if he leaves, then I don't know how my mindset will be, honestly. That's a guy that kind of groomed me into running routes and doing everything the right way -- mental, physical -- and if he leaves, that'll hurt. Because that's a guy that kind of helped this whole group form a mentality and shape us to professionals. He gave us the whole script of off the field, on the field, and it's helping this wide receiver group and helping the players."
Lal will get to work with three-time Pro Bowl receiver T.Y. Hilton in Indianapolis, as well as young players like Donte Moncrief and Phillip Dorsett. The Bills have not yet hired a new wide receivers coach.