Former Bills coach Chan Gailey benched Johnson for the final three quarters of Buffalo's 2011 season finale. The discipline occurred after Johnson was penalized a second time that season for an excessive touchdown celebration.
The Bills,Wholesale Stan Smith, who haven't made the playoffs in 14 seasons, are counting on Watkins to add a dynamic threat to an offense that lacked consistency last season under rookie quarterback EJ Manuel. Whaley acknowledged the risk he took with a "win-now" approach by giving up a No. 9 pick this year, plus a first- and fourth-round pick next year in trade with Cleveland to select Watkins.