Bills trade Watkins to Rams, get Matthews from Eagles

Lynette Rowe
August 13, 2017

The 26-year-old was a full participant at the start of training camp, but a hamstring injury has kept him out of practice for the last 11 days.

The Buffalo Bills acquired Jordan Matthews and a third rounder in 2018 from the Philadelphia Eagles for E.J. Gaines and a 2018 second rounder. Mathews' production and the fact that he's only 26 during the 2018 season might make him the most attractive of the bunch considering Watkins' durability issues. Our role as an independent, fact-based news organization has never been clearer.

Matthews has been extremely productive during the first three years of his career.

The Eagles' first-series touchdown drive in Thursday night's preseason opener showed two things: Why the team thought it could afford to deal Jordan Matthews, and why that trade with Buffalo is nonetheless a gamble for an organization trying to build a contender around Carson Wentz. "We're not going out there - I think you guys know me well enough now, that's not what we're doing". "He has a brother for life in me, and he knows that". In his three seasons with the Eagles, Matthews caught 225 passes for 2,673 yards and 19 touchdowns.

It's a trade that will be eyeballed all season long for hints about who came out on top.

The Buffalo Bills aren't building for a long-shot run at snapping the franchise's lengthy playoff drought in 2017.

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Asked Friday if the Bills are better off for the upcoming season after making the moves, Beane said, "you can make an argument either way". Seeing him (Friday), it was tough on him, too. "But we've got to do what's in the best interest of this team moving forward and that's why we made the trade".

After all, the 2018 draft class is considered strong at the quarterback position, and the Bills now have two first-round picks, two second-round picks and two third-round picks in that draft.

"It felt great. Just to be getting hit". But Snead said he still sees Austin as an effective player when he gets the ball in space - and having more weapons theoretically will allow him to get the ball in space more often.

He will be paired at cornerback with some combination of Jalen Mills, Patrick Robinson, rookie Rasul Douglas and Brooks, once he recovers from a strained hamstring.

"I'm sure he's hurt", said McCoy. There's no way to spin how it looks in the present (as in this season), the Bills are downgrading at receiver. In Philly, Alshon Jeffery and Torrey Smith were both brought in during the offseason, Zach Ertz is a steady target at tight end, Nelson Agholor is still hanging around and rookie Mack Hollins looks like a legitimate talent.

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