Bills trade former ACC standouts Sammy Watkins and Ronald Darby

Vincent De Villiers
Agosto 12, 2017

Secondly, Sean McVay is the new head coach and didn't have a weapon like Watkins on the Redskins last season.

Sitting at the bottom of nearly every offensive category had resulted in a 4-12 record and left rookie quarterback Jared Goff battered and bruised. We're breaking down the fantasy impact all around with Sammy Watkins going to the Rams (2:37), Jordan Matthews heading to Buffalo (12:11), and the league dropping the hammer on Ezekiel Elliott (22:30).

Goff now has a legitimate supporting cast.

But more on all that in a bit. Overall, the Bills have six picks in the first three rounds.

But upon bringing him into the fold, Fisher did the most inexplicable thing.

Damaging Goff's development was a lack of help. The experience in developing a productive quarterback was lacking.

It was a recipe for disaster for a young quarterback from whom so much was being expected. There are targets available, but how will they be distributed?

In the months that followed, they went about crossing off items with admirable meticulousness.

The former Clemson standout has 153 catches for 2,459 yards and 17 touchdowns in three National Football League seasons despite undergoing multiple foot surgeries. He could fill a gap for now, or he might be a long-term answer at wide receiver. The deep ball plays that Watkins once possessed will move to the rookie Zay Jones and the consistent hands of Boldin will be used on the other side of the field when lining up in 3-wideout sets. But Webster's familiarity with Rams defensive coordinator Wade Phillips' system - playing on Phillips' Denver Broncos defenses the past two years - gave him an advantage and ultimately won him the job.

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A difference maker, if you will.

So what kind of players are headed Buffalo's way?

Nearly simultaneously, the Bills acquired wide receiver Jordan Matthews and a 2018 second round pick from the Philadelphia Eagles for cornerback Ronald Darby and a 2018 sixth-round pick.

On Friday, Beane announced that Watkins - along with a 2018 sixth-round pick - was heading to the Los Angeles Rams in exchange for E.J. Gaines and a 2018 second round pick.

Darby started 29 games in his first two seasons in Buffalo.

Watkins has been dealing with a foot injury that limited the wide receiver to just eight games a year ago after having an operation to fix a broken foot.

Watkins had been the Bills starter since Buffalo traded up five spots in the 2014 draft to select him with the No. 4 pick. They're investing in the future.

The biggest victor, of course, is Goff. He finished second on the Rams in rushing yards a year ago (albeit with only 149 yards on the season) and third in receiving yards with only 509. Manuel - neither of whom will be mistaken for Johnny Unitas - and managed to finish the year 18th in Reception NEP and 37th out 90 in Reception NEP per target among receivers with 50-plus target receivers.

The Rams' to-do list was daunting on New Year's Day. That's what the Bills decision makers keep in the back of their minds as they put together the roster and make decisions about the team. With the regular-season rapidly approaching, we'll take a look at what we could expect from each team.

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