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Rams acquire WR Sammy Watkins from Bills in blockbuster trade

13 Août 2017

Before you completely remove Watkins from your draft board, remember that this is one of the most talented young receivers in the league.

Once you read deeper into it, it starts to make more and more sense.

In a flurry of moves on Friday, the Buffalo Bills have made significant changes in their roster as the season approaches. He was drafted by Philadelphia 42nd overall in the second round of the 2014 draft.

Viewed as a three-team trade, here are the whos, whats, and wheres.

"I don't think anyone can place some of the things that Sammy has done for me, just being a rookie", Jones said.

Declining the fifth-year option on Watkins' rookie deal in the spring was the writing on the wall from McDermott and Buffalo's rebuilt front office that he wasn't part of the plan beyond this season.

It's not hard to see why the Bills might not be thrilled with him.

Last year, L.A. was second-to-last in the league ahead of only San Francisco with only 184.4 passing yards per game.

When he was on the field, though, Watkins was a stud. He's a pretty tough wide receiver. The Bills have basically overhauled their wide receiving corps in attempt to be more productive in this area. But it might be good for Goff and bad for Watkins. The staff and its offensive strategies (boy, were they offensive!) reduced ballhog Todd Gurley to a three-yards-per carry pedestrian and used greyhound Tavon Austin for nothing more than swing passes and reverses.

So comes to an end a somewhat disappointing three-year stint in Buffalo for Watkins. Meanwhile, Matthews played 93 percent of his snaps out of the slot in 2014-2015, and then 67 percent in 2016. While 2017 might not be a fun year for the Bills, perhaps 2018 will be. The Rams' other vertical threat, Mike Thomas, is suspended the first four games of the season for violating the NFL's policy on performance-enhancing substances. He'll now be replaced by E.J Gaines. He caught 153 passes for 2,459 yards and 17 touchdowns as a Bill.

The big difference, though, was in Success Rate. "But we also have to let it play", he said. Gaines are the talk of the football world mostly because of what Buffalo gave away to get them-starting WR Sammy Watkins and starting CB Ronald Darby.

In each of the two trades, draft picks were involved.

Quarterback Tyrod Taylor, who loses his top receiver in Watkins, and running back LeSean McCoy both echoed McDermott's trust in Beane in making the right deal.

Because, as the numbers show, it won't be.

We also can't forget that the Bills traded their first round pick this year to the Kansas City Chiefs to move way down in the first round of the draft so Kansas City could jump up and get Patrick Mahomes. That's a nice little setup they have going on there.

Rams acquire WR Sammy Watkins from Bills in blockbuster trade