Buffalo Bills make a splash, acquire Jordan Matthews and EJ Gaines

Trading Matthews'hard Trigger to Pull' But Eagles Desperate to Stockpile Corners

In three years, he played in just 37 out of a possible 48 games and was extremely inconsistent.

In a flurry of moves on Friday, the Buffalo Bills have made significant changes in their roster as the season approaches.

For now, that looks like good work from first-year general manager Brandon Beane, who was a candidate for the 49ers' opening last winter before they settled on John Lynch.

The Rams are betting on two things: that Watkins will stay healthy and play like the guy he was at Clemson, and that they can afford to keep him around long-term. He finishes his career in Buffalo with 153 catches for 2,459 yards and 17 touchdowns.

The Bills declined to pick up Watkin's fifth-year option on his contract back in May, so his future with the organization was already in question.

Sammy Watkins was part of the legendary 2014 wide receiver draft class that had stars selected such as Mike Evans and Odell Beckham Jr. But it reflects McDermott taking the long view more than past regimes did.

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This does hinder the sleeper potential of Robert Woods as a whole but he still could be a sneaky grab for someone to take a waiver on, especially if Watkins gets injured again. He's Sammy Watkins. For real.

"I'm not making a decision that I've got to do it by this or that [date]", Beane says of addressing Watkins' contract situation. However, as I noted in looking in past comparables, his early draft status and those horrific stats don't necessarily mean we can write him off. Let's break it down in some fantasy terms to what the landscape might look like after this blockbuster trade. Buffalo now has two picks in each of the first three rounds of the 2018 NFL Draft.

Darby was a second-round pick under Whaley and former head coach Rex Ryan. He'll join second-round rookie Zay Jones as Taylor's likely top targets. Former Rams coach Jeff Fisher used Austin mostly as a gadget receiver the past four seasons. Darby excelled as a rookie before struggling through an up-and-down 2016 campaign.

As for Watkins, perhaps he will benefit from a move to Los Angeles. Watkins is going to command top dollar in free agency next year regardless of whether he has a Pro Bowl season or not. But, it certainly had been. The fit is odd because the Bills now have what amount to three big slot receivers in Matthews, rookie Zay Jones, and new free-agent signee Anquan Boldin.

In each of the two trades, draft picks were involved.

A fresh start might just be what the doctored ordered for Watkins to get back to his playmaking days at Clemson.

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