Big Buffalo Bills shakeup: Watkins traded

Bills trade Watkins to Rams get Matthews from Eagles

Bills deal Sammy Watkins, acquire Jordan Matthews in separate deals

Along with a 2018 6th round draft pick, Buffalo traded him to the Los Angeles Rams in order to acquire CB E. J. Gaines and a 2nd round 2018 draft pick. Wow. The Rams acquired Watkins Friday in a blockbuster trade with Buffalo. In exchange, the Bills sent away cornerback Ronald Darby, according to ESPN. He was a second-round pick (50th overall) in the 2015 draft. Buffalo now has two picks in each of the first three rounds of the 2018 NFL Draft. Buffalo now has two picks in each of the first three rounds next year after acquiring the Kansas City Chiefs first-round selection in April.

The 2017 season will be the Bills' first under first-year general manager Brandon Beane and coach Sean McDermott. You're all going to see it with your own eyes.

"I get it", McDermott said. People ask about different players all the time; you never know what's serious or just bait.

Just don't call it a rebuilding plan, Beane said. This is not a throw-in-the-towel thing at all. If we're throwing in the towel, we're not trying to get a starting receiver back. We're building a football team.

Watkins' future in Buffalo was already in question after the Bills declined to pick up his fifth-year contract option in May. A recent report suggested some team employees believe Matthews could have practiced more but allowed his contract status to influence his decision-making, a charge that the Matthews strongly denied. 2014 RE-DRAFT:Where Would Watkins, Matthews Be Drafted in Hindsight? New offensive coordinator Rick Dennison oversaw a passing attack in Denver that threw six more times per game than the Bills a year ago, and given that all three of Buffalo's projected top receivers are new, it's nearly impossible to guess who QB Tyrod Taylor will click with and how he'll perform. He played in just half of the games of the season, racking up just 28 receptions for 430 yards and two touchdowns scored.

He's dealt with a troubling number of injuries in his career, ranging from a rib issue in 2014 to a lingering foot ailment that hindered him greatly last season. Matthews was incredibly prolific in his first three seasons. But the Eagles signed free-agent receivers Alshon Jeffery and Torrey Smith and drafted Mack Hollins and Shelton Gibson. They gave up a top-100 pick in next year's draft, but were able to address an area of need with Darby, especially as rookie Sidney Jones works his way back from the ruptured Achilles suffered at his pro day workout.

"It's a corner-deficient league".

"Jordan's a hard worker", McCoy said. "And teams that have them aren't really ready to move them". So, while Darby was occasionally beaten for some big plays, Gaines was routinely beaten just about everywhere. He won a starting job in 2015, but then got hurt before the season started. The only thing we can go off is the trade and the player's potential. I can understand the type of way he feels right now, getting traded for a guy that he's probably better than. We're building a football team and we're building a football team that we want to compete in the short and the long term and to be good for a long time. Sometimes that's a day-to-day process and sometimes those are not easy decisions from a leadership standpoint.

The fastest player in training camp for the Eagles is also the fastest-rising skill player on the depth chart. (Brooks, coming off a ruptured quad tendon, injured his hamstring Thursday in the preseason opener against the Green Bay Packers.) Inconsistency has plagued the group during the spring and summer, and defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz has made it quite clear that the competition is far from settled.

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