Rams see Sammy Watkins as difference-maker at receiver

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Buffalo Bills general manager Brandon Beane made one thing very clear Friday after dealing wide receiver Sammy Watkins and cornerback Ronald Darby: He was not actively shopping them.

The Bills jolted the National Football League landscape with a pair of trades in a matter of minutes on Friday. What do we expect from the Buffalo Bills in 2017?

The Sammy Watkins trade wasn't all the Buffalo Bills had in store for their roster, though. Drops are an issue, but it's worth noting that Matthews has had at least 800 receiving yards in all three seasons, and he scored eight TDs in his first two campaigns.

And now Watkins is gone, off to the LA Rams in exchange for cornerback EJ Gaines and a 2018 2nd round pick. Both starting quarterbacks on the year - Goff and Case Keenum - threw more interceptions than touchdowns, and neither put together a winning record (Keenum went 4-5, Goff went 0-7).

Watkins was already a hard player to evaluate after a disappointing, injury-plagued 2016. Watkins was one guy to be a sure bet to be one of the team's outside receivers. And he'll provide a huge upgrade for Jared Goff, as the 2016 draft's No. 1 overall pick tries to find his footing in the NFL.

Buffalo also continued stockpiling 2018 draft picks by acquiring a second-round selection from Los Angeles and a third-rounder from the Eagles. The trade came the day after the Bills' first preseason game, Watkins' first chance to get back on the field after his second foot surgery and make a public display that he was healthy again. Watkins required a second operation in January after aggravating the injury last season.

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The aforementioned trades left the Bills with plenty more draft assets as they build for the future, but it leaves them thinner than ever before in the secondary.

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.

Matthews is a talented, productive, possession-type receiver.

Their own first round pick. In 2015, the Eagles traded him to the Bills for linebacker Kiko Alonso and it took a year for McCoy to fully grasp what happened, and to get comfortable in his new surroundings. A year or two, you won't even talk about it.

Watkins will be replaced by Matthews. 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.

With these two deals, the Buffalo Bills have now traded two of their top players at their respective positions, which might signal a rebuild is in progress.

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