Sammy Watkins Traded To Rams; Bills Acquire Jordan Matthews In Separate Trade

Lynette Rowe
August 12, 2017

This includes more short to intermediate routes from the wide receivers to keep the chains moving.

In 2015, Watkins hauled in 60 receptions for 1,047 yards and 9 touchdowns in only 13 games. But it might be good for Goff and bad for Watkins.

Watkins has 153 receptions out of 275 targets.

Even as he missed eight games last season because of a foot injury that ultimately required surgery, Watkins still averaged 15.4 yards per reception, a threshold no Rams receiver reached in 2016.

"It's definitely good", Taylor said of his chemistry with Watkins at this point of the preseason.

Watkins and Beckham were part of the star-studded receiver class of 2014, which also included Mike Evans, Brandin Cooks and Kelvin Benjamin.

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So let's talk about Watkins and Matthews. He ranks first in receptions (225) and third in receiving yards (2,673) among Eagles in their first three years and is one of only five players in National Football League history with 65-plus receptions and 800-plus receiving yards in each of their first three seasons, joining a club that includes Randy Moss, Odell Beckham Jr., Mike Evans and A.J. Green. The Bills brought back Tyrod Taylor, Kyle Williams, and Lorenzo Alexander with the goal of winning in 2017. It could look something like the Tennessee Titans of last season, though similar efficiency is certainly not guaranteed. So what are we really expecting from the Buffalo Bills in 2017? Unlike Matthews, who should be able to earn a starting job, Gaines will be joining an open competition to replace Darby.

The big difference, though, was in Success Rate. So, while Darby was occasionally beaten for some big plays, Gaines was routinely beaten just about everywhere. Gaines is in a contract year.

The to-do list was daunting as the Rams trudged off the field at the Coliseum on New Year's Day to end the 2016 season. In exchange, the Bills sent away cornerback Ronald Darby, according to ESPN. However, after the draft night trade, and these trades, there's a clear contradiction in their actions. For Buffalo, they can't be ignored, because they look like the main motivation for these moves.

Watkins and Matthews will both become unrestricted free agents in March.

Because, as the numbers show, it won't be. The Bills now have two picks in each of the first three rounds of the 2018 draft, and that will give Beane plenty of ammunition to either plug multiple holes on the team, or packaging some of the picks to perhaps draft an elite quarterback. That's a nice little setup they have going on there. The Buffalo Bills haven't made a postseason appearance since the team was stunned by the Tennessee Titans via the "Music City Miracle" in the 1999 AFC Wild Card Playoffs. The latest Bills news and rumors have indicated that the team participated in two different trades as of Friday.

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