Bills trade Sammy Watkins to Rams for EJ Gaines, 2nd-round pick

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As announced by the Rams Friday, the Bills will receive cornerback E.J. Gaines and a second-round selection in the 2018 NFL Draft in exchange for Watkins.

The Bills now have a pair of first, second and third-round picks in the 2018 draft.

Matthews has been one of the most consistent and productive receivers in the league since being drafted in the second round of the 2014 draft. Buffalo now has two picks in each of the first three rounds of the 2018 NFL Draft. Of course, even a down year for Matthews was 73 receptions, 804 yards and 3 touchdowns, so he'll likely continue to produce regardless. The young corner has 137 tackles, two interceptions, and 33 pass breakups in the last two years.

The departure of Watkins strips quarterback Tyrod Taylor of his top passing target this season.


Darby was a five-star recruit out of Potomac High School in Oxon Hill, Maryland, considered the best player in the state of Maryland and by some services as the top cornerback prospect. New offensive coordinator Rick Dennison oversaw a passing attack in Denver that threw six more times per game than the Bills a year ago, and given that all three of Buffalo's projected top receivers are new, it's nearly impossible to guess who QB Tyrod Taylor will click with and how he'll perform. Buffalo seems to be stockpiling picks for next year's draft. The two-year defender enjoyed a solid rookie season in 2015 under head coach Rex Ryan.

The Rams have been searching all year for an outside vertical threat to compliment Sean McVay's offense and finally have that player in Watkins, who joins former Bills teammate Robert Woods on the Rams' receiving corps. I'll tell you right now, he ran away from people at the Senior Bowl. It never gets any easier in this business because however good he is as a player, he's a better person.

As for what the Eagles are getting in Darby, Roseman said: "He has rare speed".

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