No More Queries About Sammy Watkins

March 19th, 2014
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Joe likes WR Sammy Watkins but wouldn’t draft him if he was Bucs GM Jason Licht.

Joe finally reached his fill last night. For the — Joe can’t count that high — day/evening in a row, some Bucs fan Twittered Joe all but demanding Joe agree with him that the Bucs should grab Sammy Watkins at No. 7. Joe is simply sick of typing the same reply.

(Shoot, Joe gets this Watkins question more than he sends out stalkerish e-mails to Rachel Watson.)

Joe will not lobby for a Watkins pick at No. 7, though Joe surely won’t lose sleep if the Bucs select Watkins. Joe Twittered out what he is about to type in the following paragraph. And Joe won’t type it again, on any forum.

Joe would pass on drafting Watkins. For two reasons: One, the Bucs have more glaring needs. Two, the draft is so deep with wide receivers, lousy with wide receivers even, the Bucs can get a productive starter in the third round (Joe has typed the name “Allen Robinson” as often as he has typed his explanation).

We all know who Joe would select at No. 7 (if for some odd reason you don’t know, check Joe’s archives). Short of that, Joe would pick the highest-rated offensive tackle on the board whether it is Greg Robinson, Jake Matthews or Taylor Lewan. No, Joe is not sold on the strength of the Bucs offensive line. A six-year veteran who has never started a full-season slotted at left tackle and a marginal starter at right tackle does not help Joe rest at night.

So please copy and paste this explanation into a Word file and save yourself some time. No need to query Joe about Watkins. You have your answer here. If you forget, refer to the file you saved.

If you ask Joe on Twitter again about Watkins, Joe will pull a Tom Crean and ignore it.

82 Responses to “No More Queries About Sammy Watkins”

  1. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    Sammy @ 7……

  2. Kevin Says:

    I think Watkins would HAVE to come off the board at 7 if he was still there. He is a playmaker…period. He won’t be there though…

  3. Anzac Buc Says:

    The Rams will take him at 2

  4. gulfcoast Says:

    Thankfully, we have a GM already. Go Bucs!

  5. Mort Says:

    Anzac I’m pretty sure of that as well.

  6. Brock Says:

    Joe, your stupid….

  7. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    If Watkins or Mack are there at 7 we should pick…if not, trade down if we can….as Joe said….this draft is very deep.

  8. The_Buc_Realist Says:

    Joe any truth to the rumor that if the Bucs do draft Johnny Football, that you already picked his nickname out of ” Johnny Dreamboat ” . please confirm?

  9. Captain Stagger Says:

    Joe drafts for need….

  10. mark2001 Says:

    No Sammy…trade down. I really think we will trade down if possible. If we would cut Revis to go from 4th to third, would it surprise anyone if we traded down for a middle first, second, and maybe a forth? Then use them for a QB and two high WR’s.

  11. mark2001 Says:

    Realist…if anyone wants to live a “rock star” life it is Johnny…Rock star throwing to Rap Star Michael…that is the way to paint it.

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  14. SausageKingOfChicago Says:

    Joe, if you are not commenting on this again, what in the world are you going to write about each day as it takes forever for the draft to get here? 🙂

  15. The 300's Says:

    So Watkins draft stock is rising while your man love’s stock is declining along with Bridgewaters…… BTW all of us Watkins lovers (who will already be taken by the time the Bucs pick) would tell you there will be a franchise quarterback available in the 3rd round as well. Our new GM even indicated that.

    So as much as you are tired of the Watkins drum beat we are completely over the Manziel love. You want to call a truce we can move on. Keep mentioning Johnny Football and we will keep countering with Watkins.

  16. 1jwbucs Says:

    Thats it…. I have concluded under no uncertain terms that everyone above this post, who post comments in this forum, along with the leadership/ownership of this website consumes entirely too much thrust quenching liquid of the adult beverage category and you Mo foe’s have pickled your minds.


  17. 1jwbucs Says:

    Ah… That would be “Thirst Quenching”…. You can tell I stayed in a Holiday Inn Express last night!

    JW, and I am out! See yah…

  18. BucsQcCity Says:

    Whoever they choose at 7 will be a quality player. Best case Manziel is on board and we trade down and rob the cowboys.

  19. Snook Says:

    I’m with Joe.

    This team has had enough Clemson trash in recent years.

  20. biff barker Says:

    It’s a hard one to pass on but I agree, we pass, trade down and stock up.

  21. SuperGobaby Says:

    Joe, your draft analysis is as bad as your air of self-importance. Watkins is head and shoulders—by far–the best receiver available no matter how you and your ilk keep repeating that the draft is “deep” at WR. The Dungy disciple who was a fail in Chitown needs to declare the QB job open and be prepared to draft a potent offensive weapon with the seventh pick.

  22. Brandon Says:

    Great response to NOT drafting Sammy Watkins.. Allen Robinson, a Mike Williams clone. Big, athletic, can’t separate vertically or short with anything other than size. You could have at least said, “Brandin Cooks” or somebody that offers something different than what we already have.

  23. louden Says:

    To overanalyze it: Cutting Penn for Collins saved us some, but didn´t make us better – anyhow, we got ourselves a capable starter and maybe he can play RT also and our draft pick will be LT.. or better we find that LT elsewhere and use that draft pick on.. quite a few players would be very nice.. and trading back also helps a lot.. lets see what happens (please no QB outside of Bridgewater and to hell with Mack at the 7th)

  24. Brandon Says:


    I’m all for drafting Watkins but your shots at Smith are unwarranted and idiotic by you. What other coach COULD we have gotten with a better resume than Smith? Seriously, Lovie was by far the best of a fairly unimpressive lot of coaches…and even if the group was impressive, Smith’s credentials are every bit as impressive as Andy Reid’s.

  25. Brandon Says:

    Brock Says:
    March 19th, 2014 at 7:25 am
    Joe, your stupid….

    I love the irony in posts like these.

  26. Macabee Says:

    Sammy Watkins will have to get past the Rams and the Raiders to be there at #7 if the latest mocks are to be believed. If the confidence in the top 5 QBs continues to erode, it is highly unlikely that he will be there.

    With the weapons war going on among the top NFL teams, do not be surprised if one of them offers a king’s ransom and trades up to acquire Watkins. The 49ers have 12 draft picks and 3 third round picks and Watson is a game-changer.

    Since the Bucs named McCown the starting QB and only gave him a 2yr contract, together with the questions about the Top QBs and Bridgewater’s pro day, I’m seeing mocks with the Bucs taking a QB at #7. This is a real alternative.

    If the decision to trade Revis is an indicator, would the Bucs trade Watkins or another top 5 QB for a windfall of draft picks? If Watson and Robinson are there, given the need to overhaul the O-Line, would the Bucs take Watson in such a rich WR draft? I don’t even know what I would do here, leave alone predicting what the Bucs would do.

    I want Watson, but the more I look, I’m liking everything I see in the 1st round, so I’m of the opinion that whoever they pick is going to help out a lot and only the previous administration could get this wrong (unnecessary shot but I had to take it)!

  27. RustyRhino Says:

    Woopity doopity do. Like any of us fans even have a clue what will happen come draft day.
    I like the idea of taking Watkins at 7 or a T at 7 but best bet would be trade down get more picks and draft BPA, not really “joelovestruck” on any of the QB’s in first round. But to trade you need a trade partner. Not sure we will find one willing to trade more than just swapping first rounders. Be great if we trade down for their first maybe a second and a third/fourth. This sounds like a fantasy dream Imo.
    Regardless what will happen will happen with and without my favorite buccaneer blog’s writers write about or not about.

  28. Chris Says:

    Joe Manziel is a bust in the making. Take him 7 he’s the guy that gets a gm fired. Take him round 3 you develop him and no high investment.

  29. Vincente Says:

    Recirver is only as good as the QB who will deliver the ball. Plus he wouldn’t touch the ball as much as a QB does. You always draft the best QB if your specific team is in need, the bucs NEED one.

  30. buchead407 Says:

    Wr in this draft is deep. Doesn’t mean there is a receiver as good as Watkins. To me behind online, wr is our biggest need then just pure depth across the board. I’m with ya Joe. Rather see clowney Bridgewater or jfb fall to us but if not Watkins or tackle is the pick. If that’s the case id try to trade down

  31. MTM Says:

    I wouldn’t be surprised if they traded back in the draft for more picks.

  32. buchead407 Says:

    Licht already said he would prefer take the best player available, not a postion of need

  33. Jeagan1999 Says:

    It’s official…joe is stark raving bonkers! Pass on Sammy Watkins! Seriously! An AJ Green, Julio Jones type playmaker that only comes along a few times a decade! A dynamic player that along with V-Jax, Doug Martin, Mike Williams, Timmy Wright, Mike James, etc. would make any QB (even Josh McCown) look like Tom Brady? No freakin way! If Watkins is there at 7 we grab him instantly and giggle like schoolgirls over our stroke of luck!

  34. joseph mamma Says:

    Profootballtalk says we have 17 million in cap space? Wow that is shocking after all the free agents we signed. Hey that’s the beauty of releasing Revis I guess. Also shows that we could have kept him but I thought it was smarter releasing him.

  35. Architek Says:

    I stated this yesterday but the Bucs can deal the 7th pick to Chicago or Dallas who are desperate for DL help. Tampa could and move down a bit and get whatever their board dictates. If they want Carr there then hey it’s their jobs and risks on the line, success or failure.

    The important thing is getting more picks and they’re in perfect position to do that.

  36. Barry Says:

    I’d draft Watkins if MG8 was under center but not with McCown.

  37. Architek Says:

    Barry explain the logic behind your statement please – what does Glennon have to do with Watkins?

  38. Patrick in VA Says:

    I think that the Bucs drafting Manziel would be a horrible thing for JBF. Once Manziel has to get the restraining order on the Joes and they aren’t allowed anywhere near the team anymore then all of the coverage that we enjoy from the site will not be there anymore. Think big picture here Joes.

  39. RustyRhino Says:

    Lol right on point Patrick

  40. Oil Derrick Brooks Says:

    Wait, so, you’re saying people are incessantly inundating you with their desire to draft a specific player to the point that you can’t listen to it anymore?

    That’s interesting.

  41. The_Buc_Realist Says:

    I hope Manziel is drafted before the Bucs pick. If Manziel is on the board and the Bucs select someone else, Joe will cry all year when every pass that the QB throws is not a touchdown.

  42. Trubucfan22 Says:

    Because glennon needs all the help he can get. He doesn’t have talent so he needs to be surrounded by elite talent. While most other qbs can do much more with much less.

  43. MadMax Says:

    100% agree Joe….Ive been pining for a 1st round OT for a quite a while…and now that “rock star, we don draft O-line” is gone, maybe we finally hit on it this year. Im also ok with BPA, but man would it be nice to see a young beast OT come in.

  44. Jeagan1999 Says:

    Joe has lost it completely! Watkins is an AJ Green/Julio Jones type playmaker…the kind that comes along maybe 4-5 times a decade! We would be NUTS not to take him if he’s there! He would make our offense INSTANTLY better. Paired with v-Jax, Williams, Doug Martin, etc… Watkins would give us more weapons than the opposing team could cover! If the Bucs brain trust truly want McCown/ Glennon to succeed, they will not pass on this guy and I don’t think they will!

  45. FB Says:

    So JOE finally feels like the rest of us. I guess as another poster said, your air of self importance is reeking through! I guess you don’t really believe you are an average joe, but a special know it all joe. Here’s to moving on from Watkins when SpecialJOEbucsfan moves on from Manziel love! AINT GONNA HAPPEN! HA!

  46. bucrightoff Says:

    I expect the Panthers to make a strong push to move up and take Watkins. Perhaps all the way to #2 and make the Rams even richer off RGKnee.

  47. Drew Says:

    Oh joe! You didn’t write this in response to a twitter fan stalking you on twitter. Does this twitter fan have your home address? I wouldn’t worry too too much, but this article may be all it takes to push this twitter fan over the edge. Only out of self preservation would I write a retraction tailored to satisfy this twitter fans rankings. Anyway, be safe and stay off if twitter for awhile.

  48. Matthew Says:

    OT and O-line is the biggest waste of a top tier pick you can make these days sans spending it on a RB/FB. Go ask the Dolphins how “investing 1st round picks” in the trenches served them; multiple 1st day picks and one of the worst lines in the league. OL can be found and developed in the later rounds, look no further then our starters/line man the last few years. Our most productive guys Penn/Zuttah were a FA off the street and a 3rd round pick. Our highly coveted & high picks Joesph/Trueblood were either terrible or injured. I’m all with taking that best player available sans O-line (good teams do this) bad teams panic. Hopefully we draft a QB/WR/TE or LB/DE with that 7th pick and leave the trenches to be filled later on.

  49. Drew Says:

    *rantings… Damn auto correct. See what I mean joe, said twitter fan read my response and now he’s taunting me with auto correct.

  50. WalkdaPlank Says:

    Can you say Jordan Matthews?

  51. Buck A. Neers Says:

    Manziel at 7 or trade down. Bucs have never taken a chance on a game changing type of player. The time is now. I relate it to the Magic taking Dwight Howard over Okafor, high risk, high reward.

  52. Pvine Says:

    Bucs don’t need a “Johnny-Hotdog”. Sammy is the one!

  53. WalkdaPlank Says:

    The same could be said of QB. This draft goes deeper than recent ones. With Garropollo, Murray, Mettenberger, McCarron, and maybe Carr lasting past the 1st round. Let’s not forget Jordan Lynch who finished in front of Johnny Boy this year in votes for Heisman Finalists. With Glennon coming in with more experience and the addition of McCown, there are now bigger holes than QB, and WR is one of them. After Williams we have who exactly? Skye Dawson? Eric Page? I wouldn’t trade up for Watkins, but if he’s there it would be insane to pass on him. I would not trade up for Mancrush either.

  54. d-money Says:

    This is most likely the way the teams that passed on Calvin Johnson were thinking.

    Joe you lose credibility with me, not that you care, with every post like this.

  55. nate Says:

    Joe why is everyone so high on watkins hes good.. if I were drafting a wr I would draft mike evans…. hes more of a a defensive nightmare aka megatron…. watkins is good but e ans has so much more upside.. although I still think we should trade up for clowney…

  56. BirdDoggers Says:

    Take the best player available. It just might be Watkins. If that’s the case, take him.

  57. BigMacAttack Says:

    Joe Stupid????

    Not hardly!!! They built this site from jack squat to an NFL nationally recognized brand, including Credentials which they don’t just throw at anybody. Joe’s may be a lot of things, opinionated, horny, drunk at times, but stupid, no way.

  58. BuccaneerBonzai Says:

    Brock Says
    “Joe, your stupid….”

    Says the guy who has no grasp of grammar.

    ” you’re”

    On topic, I will personally guarantee Lovie Smith will NEVER draft a WR in the first round. Do the research and you’ll see I am right.

  59. Celly Says:

    Brock Says:
    March 19th, 2014 at 7:25 am

    Joe, your stupid….


  60. deminion Says:

    Watkins Mack Robinson trade down

  61. Kalind Says:

    Well Joe, to the poor sap that twittered you: tough luck. He won’t be there. Most people have recognized that Watkins is cant miss talent. Unlike the QBs, or even Mack and Barr. Shoot, he’s more of a lock to be good than Joes boy Taylor (yuck) Lewan. (My personal philosophy is you never draft USC, or Big 10 in the fist round. RARELY works out for you.) As of now, I think the best option is to trade back, use the Mathews pick as leverage to a tackle needy team, and get a second rounder this year and MAYBE next year. Then take one of the following 4 people. Evans, Gilbert, Nix, Hageman. They have value there and the additional second makes it go down easier.

  62. Gt40bear Says:

    Johnny Football, Johnny Football, Johnny Football….oh BTW, Johnny Football. Pot and kettle? 😉

  63. Que589 Says:

    Justin Gilbert (CB) should be the pick. Best all around skill-set in the draft. Position of need. Potentially dominant on Defense & special teams

  64. Name Required Says:

    As I tweeted yesterday, take the OT first, Garoppolo second, and whatever WR in the third. Congrats. You just “won” the draft.

    Thanks for the reply, Joe! Glad you look out for your followers!

  65. TJ Ware Says:

    A 6 year veteran who never started a full season at left tackle…or a rookie who never even laced up his cleats on a Sunday afternoon?……yep, joe has a point…smh

  66. Eric Says:

    Love Watkins, but dang we just have never had any luck drafting a WR in round one.

    Of course, the same could be said for QB.

    Its hard to say, good points can be made either way. The man sure impressed me in that bowl game. Unstoppable.

    Id rather get the great prospect than trade down. We need star power and we did enough in FA to address the lines.

    That Bengals guy started 13 games last year. Zero sacks I think.

  67. passthebuc Says:

    This year i have not been agreement with Joe’s selections but I do agree here, partially. If the 2 big O tackles and Mack are off the board at our #7 pick, I would trade down. I am not sold on any of the top QB’s in this years draft and would bolster my O line and receiving corp with additional picks.

  68. $acbuc$ Says:

    You bunch of sack lickers Joe IS tripping…Sam Watkins is huge with 4.3 speed dude. I have never seen a WR come on nfl network and make Baldinger look small.

    WE THE FANS MAKE EVERYTHING POSSIBLE. Give yourself some credit.

  69. $acbuc$ Says:

    This comment might not get posted but o well.

    Imagine no tickets no merchandise no support of a nfl team from fans.

    You will see the collaspe of a million dollar organization.

    Know it Alls

  70. Dennis Says:

    @ Joe

    So if we pick one of the top 3 tackles, that means we have 3 starting tackles for our offensive line. The bucs currently need a guard, do we push somebody inside? Do we draft a guard in the 2nd also? Im confused why we would provide depth for our 7th pick of the draft

  71. teacherman777 Says:


    Manzeil ran a 4.68!!!!

    Wtf are u talking about??

    He is gonna get caught from behind my DE’s in the NFL!

    I wouldnt take johnny is round 2!

    I say Sammy, Robinson, or BPA.

    We need a MLB who can drop back in coverage.

    We need a FS with range.
    We need 2 OG’s.
    Another OT would be nice.
    We need another CB.
    We need another 2 WR’s.

    We have so many needs.

    QB is not one! We can win with McCown or Glennon and a sick D.

    We just need to fix our O-line!

  72. Bucfan#37 Says:

    Joe… I thought I read you supporting Watkins as the 7th pick in a past article.

  73. skipper Says:

    I want Manziel. The guy is a winner, he is cocky as hell, and will rally the guys around him. McCown is a good solid experienced back-up that can fill in while Johnny gets comfy. If we hit on Manziel, we will have our starting QB for possibly 10 plus years. I am hoping he falls to number 7.

  74. Capt.BUC Says:

    What does -The 300’s, Patrick in Va., Oil Derrick Brooks, The _Buc_Realist, FB, and Gt40bear all have in common??? They are Right on point!!! JOE WE ARE SICK OF HEARING ABOUT YOUR QB-MANCRUSH. IMO He (Joe’s MANCRUSH) isn’t a Buccaneer man by Lovie’s standards, and No I don’t know him personally but I can see the pattern of players we are bringing in. JOE’S MANCRUSH DOESN’T FIT THE MOLD!!! So yes I would love Watkins at #7 IF HE’S THERE… but not Joe’s MAN CRUSH. Mike the rapper can start left bench while V-jax and Watkins handle business!!!

  75. BoJim Says:

    Plus. JF has huge hands!! His fingers look like really big sausages.

  76. Patrick in VA Says:

    @capt Buc – it’s their site. The end

  77. oldfart44 Says:

    The Bucs need linemen on either side. How much do WRs affect the game compared to a lineman who is involved on every play.

  78. Oingo Boingo Says:

    Smith compares favorably with Reid? I’ll
    have whatever you ‘re smoking!

  79. feelthepewterpower Says: Hoge isn’t a fan…nor am I lol.

  80. Buc1987 Says:

    Clowney or trade down.

  81. IdahoBucsfan Says:

    And here I thought you were sending stalkerish e-mails to johnny goofball!

  82. Jason De La Torre Says:

    If only Joe would take the same approach on Johnny Football….