Rex Ryan has borrowed "all in" from Clemson coach Dabo Swinney as a motto for the Buffalo Bills this season, but as the Bills began voluntary offseason workouts Monday, one of Swinney's former players was noticeably absent: wide receiver Sammy Watkins.
Watkins' whereabouts came into focus Tuesday morning when he posted a photo on Facebook of poker chips from Harrah's Cherokee Casino in North Carolina. The casino is hosting a World Series of Poker event and according to someone in attendance, Watkins' presence drew attention from casino-goers around 11 p.m. Monday night.
The 2014 fourth-overall pick was in Greenville, South Carolina for a football camp Sunday with former Clemson teammate Tajh Boyd.
Ryan said attendance for the team's voluntary workouts was not 100 percent Monday.
"I know we had a great turnout for [the] voluntary deal; we weren’t 100-percent for attendance, but a couple of guys gave me phone calls, all that stuff," Ryan said. "I won’t get into specifics on who was here and who wasn’t here because it is voluntary, but I’m encouraged by the turnout we have and everybody’s I think excited to get this season going."
Asked specifically about Watkins, Ryan said, "I said I wasn’t going to talk about anybody being here or not being here."
Watkins made headlines late last season when he said players needed to hold themselves more accountable.
"We need to forget about anybody’s feelings," Watkins said, according to The Buffalo News. "We need to call people out. If I’m doing something wrong, call me out. If the line is doing something wrong or messing up, call them out. If the defense is doing something wrong, the defensive line, the secondary, call it out. Because at the end of the day, we’re doing it to win, not to get on somebody and make them feel bad. We’re grown men. This is our job. We get paid millions and hundreds of thousands of dollars. Forget the money. You’ve got to go out there each week and play for the guy next to you."