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Bills trade Sammy Watkins and Ronald Darby

Bills trade Sammy Watkins and Ronald Darby

Or has it? The initial reaction by Buffalo Bills' fans is that the team is tanking and that the season is over. Wide receiver Sammy Watkins was dealt to the Los Angeles Rams while cornerback Ronald Darby was sent to the Philadelphia Eagles.

That move was subsequently followed by another corner-for-receiver deal.

Buffalo adding a couple picks is a nice component of these deals, and they also saved money.

How will the moves impact your fantasy draft in a few weeks? Matthews immediately fills the void created by Watkins.

The three picks leave Buffalo's front office with enormous flexibility entering the 2018 draft next spring. That means higher draft picks, which is a good thing. Matthews went to Vanderbilt.

Jordan Matthews forged a strong connection to Carson Wentz, but now Matthews is gone, leaving the Eagles quarterback looking for targets. He has played in 46 games.

The Buffalo Bills traded for Eagles WR Jordan Matthews who seems to be Watkins' replacement.

Matthews was one of the big talents in the huge 2014 draft that had the aforementioned Watkins go fourth overall to the Bills. Woods should have a 300-pound chip on his shoulder pad that makes him want to show skeptics he can be a No. 2 receiver for Goff. He has scored 19 touchdowns.

That's all the past, though.

Let's start with Matthews, who heads to a Buffalo team that has a lot of nice pieces but the mix doesn't feel settled. This is a strong running game with a West Coast passing game. However, the problem in Buffalo is simple: there doesn't appear to be a vertical threat on the roster.

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He caught 65 passes and scored six touchdowns as a rookie, and had 60 catches and nine touchdowns in 2015.

This doesn't sound like a ringing endorsement for Matthews, who was actually a teammate of McCoy's in the 2014 season, the 29-year-old's final season in Philadelphia.

But who is going to stretch out an opposing defense?

The Buffalo Bills' roster looks different in many areas, but the team's makeover at wide receiver, cornerback and safety is eye opening. I realized McDermott and Co. were middling it when they brought back Tyrod Taylor and Kyle Williams, and more recently when they signed Anquan Boldin. "If you compare the two, it's obvious you can agree who is better".

National Football League teams are in the midst of training camp and the preseason has begun. He caught 28 passes, two for touchdowns.

The Rams needed real receivers to open up space for Austin. Watkins has missed 11 games over the past two years, including playing in a career-low eight games in 2016.

Some would say the writing was on the wall for Watkins when the Bills declined to exercise the fifth-year option on his contract.

The biggest victor, of course, is Goff.

In dynasty, the quarterback situation got a lot brighter.


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