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Sammy Watkins is headed to the NFC West

12 August 2017

The Buffalo Bills decided Sammy Watkins wasn't their guy after all, shipping the former No. 4 overall pick in the 2014 draft to the Los Angeles Rams in one of two trades made by the team the day after their first preseason tilt. Drops are an issue, but it's worth noting that Matthews has had at least 800 receiving yards in all three seasons, and he scored eight TDs in his first two campaigns.

The trade ends a tumultuous three seasons for Watkins in Buffalo. "He's 24, so you don't just talk for the now", said Snead.

"Definitely surprised", said quarterback Tyrod Taylor. Though most analysts and writers including myself believe that Gurley is in for a bounce-back season, defenses from opposing teams have to respect and plan for the passing game of LA now that they tout a true WR1 in Watkins.

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Buffalo also continued stockpiling 2018 draft picks by acquiring a second-round selection from Los Angeles and a third-rounder from the Eagles.

Either way, it's clear the Bills were looking beyond the Watkins era after refusing to pick up his pricey option for 2018.

The Bills now have a pair of first, second and third-round picks in the 2018 draft. In a separate deal, the Buffalo Bills traded away their best cornerback for the Eagles' Jordan Matthews. For the 2016 National Football League season, Buffalo finished with a record of 7-9 overall but seemed to have a roster that may have been on the rise.

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Among 41 wide receivers with 100 or more targets last season, Matthews was 38th in Reception NEP, despite being 26th in targets and tied for 23rd in receptions. 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. But the Eagles signed free-agent receivers Alshon Jeffery and Torrey Smith and drafted Mack Hollins and Shelton Gibson. White now projects as the Bills' top cornerback this season with Gaines likely to start opposite him.

"Jordan's a hard worker", McCoy said.

The move sent a shockwave through the team.

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Darby started 29 games since the Bills selected him in the second round of the 2015 draft. Even the Rams' defensive players are excited. He won a starting job in 2015, but then got hurt before the season started. When I go out there and play ping pong, whatever I'm doing, I'm not throwing in the towel. "But I can understand how he feels, being traded for a guy that he's better than". "We're building a football team that we want to compete in the short and long term and 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 Bills are off Saturday before returning to training camp on Sunday. Last night, Watkins caught the first three passes thrown his way in what we now know was his last game as a Bill.

Sammy Watkins is headed to the NFC West