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Early celebration costs Sammy Watkins an 89-yard touchdown

10/26/2014


EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Somewhere, Leon Lett is shaking his head.

The former Dallas Cowboys defender -- known for his premature touchdown celebration against the Buffalo Bills in Super Bowl XXVII -- might have a few words of advice for current Bills receiver Sammy Watkins after the rookie's snafu in Sunday's game against the New York Jets.

The fourth-overall pick will make the highlight reels for the wrong reasons after he was stopped short of a touchdown on an 84-yard catch in the second quarter. Watkins, who thought he had a free pass to a touchdown, raised his arm in celebration as he neared the end zone and was tackled by Saalim Hakim at the 5-yard line.

Whoops.

Making matters worse, it wasn't even a full-time defender who chased down Watkins. Hakim, playing only his third defensive snap of the season in spot duty for a shaky Jets' secondary, is a return specialist and receiver.

Bills coach Doug Marrone pulled Watkins aside after the play. "I said, 'There were people on that sideline' -- meaning his teammates -- 'that were upset. We're playing our butts off and we don't have time for stuff like that,'" Marrone said. "Those are the things we have to work on -- winning and growing up."

Luckily for Watkins, fullback Frank Summers bailed him out two plays later with a 2-yard touchdown run, putting the Bills ahead, 21-7.

Lesson learned, rook.