Buffalo sends WR Watkins to Rams in three-team deal

Excitement in the air as Bills preseason kicks off

Excitement in the air as Bills preseason kicks off

Woods was shocked by the trade, with McVay informing the Rams receivers shortly before it was announced.

In 2016, the Rams used the first overall pick on Jared Goff out of Cal to be the face of the franchise as they moved from St. Louis to LA.

So what exactly did the Bills get out of all this? QB Tyrod Taylor will have to rely more than ever on McCoy in the offense in the early going as he starts to build a new rapport with the incoming Jordan Matthews.

It's not hard to see why the Bills might not be thrilled with him. He has just 153 catches for 2,459 yards and 17 touchdowns in 37 career games, which pale in comparison to other receivers taken after him three years ago.

When he was on the field, though, Watkins was a stud. Tavon Austin's outlook remains the same considering his role isn't that of a traditional wide receiver. Jordan Matthews is a big slot receiver and per PFF was the seventh-ranked wide receiver in target percentage when in the slot with 22.2 percent - right behind Larry Fitzgerald (22.8 percent). Last season, Watkins played in just eight games and totaled 430 yards and two scores on 28 catches.

His skillset also meshed well with that of Tyrod Taylor, a player who, this summer, nearly became an ex-Bill himself.

Watkins will be replaced by Matthews.

Watkins and Matthews will both become unrestricted free agents in March. He's one of only seven receivers in National Football League history to post 225 receptions, 2,500 yards and at least 19 touchdowns before his fourth season. What do we expect from the Buffalo Bills in 2017? It could look something like the Tennessee Titans of last season, though similar efficiency is certainly not guaranteed. If you've paid attention to professional football in your life, you undoubtedly know that Buffalo isn't a kind place to play once the snow begins to fall; deep threats are great only if you can get the ball to them.

But now, the team has given him a true playmaking #1 wide receiver. Gaines, when healthy, can be a strong corner.

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.

Trading away Darby is an interesting decision since the Bills lack depth in the secondary.

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

In a draft class widely seen to be offering solid top end talent at quarterback and defensive end, the Bills can make any move they deem necessary to land a prized prospect. Is Gaines an upgrade over Darby? But this isn't just about the upcoming season. He's also entering a contract year, but the Bills additionally scored a third-rounder, giving them multiple picks in the first three rounds.

In the months that followed, they went about crossing off items with admirable meticulousness. Other safeties who played for the Bills in 2016 that aren't on the team's current roster include Robert Blanton, Duke Williams, Jonathan Meeks, James Ihedigbo and Sergio Brown. The latest Bills news and rumors have indicated that the team participated in two different trades as of Friday.

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