Could Sammy Watkins see time against Jaguars?

Will Sammy Watkins be on the field Sunday?

The former Bills first-round pick, who has spent his three-year career in Buffalo in stretches of both injury rehab and on-field brilliance, could see some time against the Jacksonville Jaguars, Bills coach Rex Ryan said Monday.

"I'm speaking on behalf of every Buffalo Bills fan: I hope he can play some," Ryan said, via

The Bills announced Wednesday that Watkins has been cleared to practice even though he remains on the injured reserve/designated to return list. Ryan told reporters after practice he was unsure if Watkins would be available to play Sunday.

Sunday's game against Jacksonville is the first one Watkins will be eligible for, based on the IR/designated to return rules. The 23-year-old tried to repair his oft-injured foot after gutting through two weeks and six catches. He has not played since Sept. 15.

With so many of Buffalo's best skill position players getting banged up before the stretch run, the eventual return of Watkins could be a potential boon for the Buffalo offense.

Remember, the last time we saw Watkins, the team's offensive coordinator was Greg Roman and the Bills were 0-2. New offensive coordinator Anthony Lynn has added some wrinkles to the scheme over the past eight weeks, five of which have been Bills wins. Could he re-imagine how to use Watkins?

Like any traditional No. 1 receiver, Watkins thrives on targets. Nearly all of his best career games in terms of yardage have come when he's seen at least 10 balls per game, which we might not see on Sunday against the Jaguars. Ryan seems to be inferring that he could get a series or two to get his feet wet before the long haul.

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