The first trade the Buffalo Bills made on Friday was sending wide receiver Sammy Watkins and a 2018 sixth-round pick to the Los Angeles Rams for cornerback E.J. Gaines and a 2018 second-round pick. With the first trade, this must mean that the Bills must like second-round pick wide receiver Zay Jones from East Carolina.
Watkins has had a history of injuries throughout his career. Catching only 28 passes for 430 yards and two touchdowns last season with the Bills in another injury-plagued campaign. That said, if Watkins can stay healthy, Jared Goff will now have a solid number one receiving target. Watkins is also now reunited with former teammate Robert Woods.
Buffalo traded up to the fourth selection in the 2014 NFL Draft to select him before players like Khalil Mack, Mike Evans, Odell Beckham Jr., Aaron Donald, etc.
Although Gaines didn’t have a single interception last season for the Rams he had 56 tackles and one forced fumble and could be a solid corner for the Bills.
The second trade the Buffalo Bills made was acquiring wide receiver Jordan Matthews from the Philadelphia Eagles and a 2018 third-round pick for cornerback Ronald Darby. Matthews was the number one wide out last year in Philadelphia and I guess the Eagles upgraded so much that Philadelphia decided to ship him out. Realistically though, Matthews is on the final year of his contract, making him expendable in Philadelphia.
Matthews caught 73 passes for 804 yards and three touchdowns last season with the Eagles and though he won’t be a bad fit with the Bills, he has a bad case of dropping passes in his career.
Ronald Darby will upgrade the Eagles secondary. He didn’t have an interception last season either, but he did have 69 tackles and a strong season in coverage.
According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the Buffalo Bills will have two picks in the first, second, and third rounds in the upcoming 2018 NFL Draft. They acquired an extra first-round pick from the Kansas City Chiefs on draft night in 2017. That is when the Bills traded back from the 10-spot to the 27-spot with the Chiefs and Kansas City drafted Patrick Mahomes II.
The Bills should be in good hands for this NFL season and beyond.