Bills deal Watkins, get Matthews

Bills deal Watkins, get Matthews

After the blockbuster announcement on Twitter coming from Ian Rapoport that Sammy Watkins had just been traded, the Bills continued their wheeling and dealing and acquired WR Jordan Matthews and a 2018 third-round pick from the Eagles in exchange for CB Ronald Darby. But when it comes down to it, the swap of Sammy Watkins for Jordan Matthews isn't quite an equal 1 for 1 move as they're entirely different players. Y'all are going to see it with your own eyes.

Let's start with Matthews, who heads to a Buffalo team that has a lot of nice pieces but the mix doesn't feel settled. Buffalo will now have two picks in each of the first three rounds of the 2018 NFL Draft.

If Watkins can live up to Robey-Coleman's assessment, it becomes a worthwhile transaction, even if it also means using the franchise tag to keep him or signing him to a lucrative long-term deal as his contract expires at the end of this season.

So comes to an end a somewhat disappointing three-year stint in Buffalo for Watkins. The Bills traded up to select Watkins fourth overall, then watched him catch 65 passes for 982 yards and six touchdowns as a rookie.

And while foot injuries have limited him to 21 games the past two seasons, he's reportedly back to 100 percent after undergoing surgery last January.

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Simply having Watkins on the field should make the game easier for Goff and the other receivers.

"I don't know. The good thing about that is it's past my pay grade", Shady said of Buffalo's organizational approach. And look at the numbers they put up-on average nearly 1,100 receiving yards and 8 TDs. "We all lose targets, but I think the main goal is to win games and be productive, and I think that will help us as an offense". Woods, Watkins and Austin is a more interesting mix at the receiver position than the Rams has a year ago, should present more opportunities for the Ram's quarterback to make big plays, and should open up the field for Gurley. The Vanderbilt product was a second-round pick in the 2014 NFL Draft.

The Bills used a second round pick on Zay Jones out of East Carolina this spring, He put up huge numbers at East Carolina (caught an NCAA record 158 passes for 1,746 yards and 8 touchdowns) but his average depth of target was only 8.3 yards. The Rams host the Dallas Cowboys on Saturday to begin their exhibition schedule. Executive vice president of football operations Howie Roseman has a history of re-upping homegrown players early if they have been identified as part of the core.

Woods was shocked by the trade, with McVay informing the Rams receivers shortly before it was announced.

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