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Sammy Watkins warms up before the game against the Jacksonville Jaguars on November 27, 2016.
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Patrick Mahomes talks Sammy Watkins, his development and his process on day three of OTAs

“The first day was crazy,” Mahomes said of Watkins, specifically. “I think you all might have seen on Twitter or something like that, but the first pass of all OTAs he was running a go route and he just caught it with one hand (it’s this play, probably), and then later on in the practice, I thought I overthrew him and I thought I threw an interception, and you just saw a hand go out of nowhere, and he brought it down.”

Justin Houston likes what he sees in rookie LB Breeland Speaks

“I think he’s very smart,” Houston said of Speaks. “He’s a D-end, and [to come] in and learn outside linebacker, a lot of guys you see in the NFL struggle switching from a D-end to outside linebacker, but he’s picking up the defense fine.”

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