Rams see Sammy Watkins as difference-maker at receiver

Bills trade Sammy Watkins to Rams, land Jordan Matthews from Eagles

Former Vanderbilt star Jordan Matthews traded to the Buffalo Bills

He went out and signed Alshon Jeffery and Torrey Smith in free agency and then drafted a couple of receivers in the spring. Gaines, a 2014 sixth-rounder, had a strong rookie season as a 15-game starter, but he missed all of 2015 with a Lisfranc fracture in his foot and didn't look the same previous year. He was a second-round pick (50th overall) in the 2015 draft. Now that coach Sean McVay is the new guy in town, he knew he needed a bonafide WR1 to help second year QB Jared Goff, and Watkins is that when healthy. You now have two picks in the first three rounds in the 2018 draft, so you can have options going into the next season.

The Los Angeles Rams have acquired wide receiver Sammy Watkins from the Buffalo Bills for cornerback E.J. Gaines and a 2nd-round pick, according to the NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. For now, the Eagles will have a new look at cornerback and the Bills will have a new look at wide receiver. Sammy Watkins and Jordan Matthews were the headliners, but some sleepers - namely, rookie Zay Jones and veteran Anquan Boldin - emerged from the fray and should be highlighted on 2017 cheat sheets. The Bills were already expected to shift more of a high-percentage passing game this season, which wouldn't have suited Watkins, who averages a lid-lifting 16.1 yards per reception in his career. I think we have a really good character group, not just at the wide receiver position but on this team and on the offensive side of the ball.

The key for Philadelphia was adding a starting-caliber cornerback in Darby to a defense that plays in the pass-happy NFC East.

"Hard to pull the trigger on a trade like that when you're giving up that kind of player and person", said Roseman.

Gaines was a valuable defensive back in the Rams' rotation.

But still, you'd wish that the Bills could've given Gaines a longer time in their system, especially with the regular season so close.

The 34-year-old quarterback signed a one-year deal for a chance to back up Jameis Winston. However, I believe the Rams didn't trade for a one-year rental either for their WR1 spot. 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 things, easy decisions from a leadership standpoint and I understand where they're coming from.

NOTES: S Bacarri Rambo is listed week to week after hurting his hamstring against Minnesota.

But McDermott appears to have an abundance of control and his no-nonsense style could prove a boon in helping the Bills return to contender status.

The important parts of the deals, at least for fantasy owners, are Watkins going to the Rams and Matthews going to Buffalo.

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