Once, twice, three times complete.
That's how the Buffalo Bills' offense started Thursday's game against the Minnesota Vikings at New Era Field. Each one of those passes went from Tyrod Taylor to Sammy Watkins. If you're looking for a positive to take out of what was generally a slog of a game, start here -- Watkins looked healthy.
"That’s the hump I need to get over. Get tackled, get busted up a couple plays," Watkins said. "That’s football, so I feel great."
Coach Sean McDermott wasn't saying whether it was intentional to get Watkins involved early.
"I thought we got off to a good start on offense," he said. "Really, the offense was just in a rhythm. Tyrod was going through the progressions and Sammy was the open receiver, so it was good to see."
Taylor likewise reiterated a favorite line of his.
"I always say this coverage definitely dictates where the ball goes," he said. "Sammy has done a good job winning his matchups early on. He had a couple coverages where they were press -- he’s going to win most of those. So, it was a good thing to get him going early. Preseason of course you want to go out there a little longer. So, I think we built some good chemistry in the couple plays we had. Definitely got to build from that."
Those first three catches total 30 yards. Watkins would later add one more to finish with four catches for 39 yards.
"I think we just got the perfect reads," he said. "They played a certain look, and I was open. Tyrod did a great job getting the ball out to me."
Other than a minor ankle injury that slowed him for one practice, Watkins has taken what looks to be a full workload during training camp. He said he didn't have any extra nerves testing his foot in a game setting.
"I get butterflies in practices, but the game, for some reason, I just was out there and I felt free and I was running all out," he said. "I felt good blocking, and everything’s trying to come together."
"It’s definitely good," Taylor said of his chemistry with Watkins at this point of the preseason. "We just have to build from that. That’s something that me and him worked on this offseason on our own, as well as stuff we’ve been doing throughout camp. Just getting on the same page. Like I said, that was a start, we just got to continue to keep building from that."