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Jordan Matthews Traded to the Bills

Jordan Matthews Traded to the Bills

The Bills made two blockbuster moves Friday.

The Bills dealt the talented but oft-injured Sammy Watkins to the Los Angeles Rams, getting a second-round pick for a player they recently traded into the top 10 to select. He was drafted by Philadelphia 42nd overall in the second round of the 2014 draft. They also sent cornerback Ronald Darby to the Philadelphia Eagles, acquiring wide receiver Jordan Matthews and a third-round pick in the 2018 NFL draft in return, as reported by the NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.

Watkins has been dealing with a foot injury that limited the wide receiver to just eight games past year after having an operation to fix a broken foot.

Matthews was in exclusive company as a three-year veteran of the Eagles, posting 225 catches and 2,673 yards in his first trio of seasons with the team, but after Phialdelphia's offseason additions of Alshon Jeffery and Torrey Smith, not to mention a summer emergence by former first-round draft pick Nelson Agholor, Matthews was apparently deemed expendable.

The Sammy Watkins trade wasn't all the Buffalo Bills had in store for their roster, though.

Hue Jackson and company will not only have multiple first-rounders again in 2018, they now own three picks in the second round of next year's draft.

Buffalo now owns two selections in the first, second and third rounds of the 2018 draft. The team's future seemed bleak and foreboding.

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Maybe, maybe not. Sean McDermott, the Bills' new head coach, will want his team performing 100 percent each week.

The Bills created $1.4 million in cap room with the two deals.

"I think his vertical presence and even just his threat and his name will allow defenses to play us different because you always have to have someone over the top of him", Woods said.

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. White now projects as the Bills' top cornerback this season with Gaines likely to start opposite him.

"E.J. has been a dedicated professional during his time with us, and we wish him and his family the best in their future endeavors". We know Elliott is elite and will come back as an asset for your team. Watkins joins Woods and slot receiver Cooper Kupp in three-receiver sets, putting Tavon Austin's role on the team in serious question.

The Rams' to-do list was daunting on New Year's Day. This helps us to illustrate the difference between a five-yard completion on 3rd and 4 and that same completion on 3rd and 6.


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