Eagles Solve Two Looming Issues with Jordan Matthews Trade

Eagles Solve Two Looming Issues with Jordan Matthews Trade

That was reflected in the reaction of some of the players on Twitter when the trade was announced.

Just one night after their first preseason game, the Buffalo Bills have two stunning trades, trading WR Sammy Watkins to the Los Angeles Rams for CB E.J. Gaines. However, after a solid rookie campaign in which he was named to the PFWA All-Rookie Team and Pro Football Focus' Defensive Rookie of the Year, Darby regressed in 2016, apparently falling out of favor in Buffalo.

The Bills have one of the youngest receiver corps in the league, despite Boldin being 37 years old in October. Last season, a foot injury limited Watkins to eight games and he finished with 430 yards and two touchdowns. However, his best single-season effort came in 2015 despite missing three regular-season matchups. He also had 2,673 receiving yards and 19 TD receptions.

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The best wide receiver to ever play for Vanderbilt is on the move, as Jordan Matthews is headed to the Buffalo Bills.

Watkins was already a hard player to evaluate after a disappointing, injury-plagued 2016. White now projects as the Bills' top cornerback this season with Gaines likely to start opposite him. In his rookie season two years ago, he had two interceptions, but none last year. Matthews and Wentz were close friends and it was Matthews who caught Wentz's first career touchdown pass in last season's opener. Darby has two years remaining on his contract.

The Bills dealt a sixth-round pick to the Rams as part of the Watkins trade. But playing devil's advocate, let's say they throw the ball 520 times and he gets a 20 percent target share, we're looking at 104 targets. "Love you bro. I'll definitely miss doing this with you!" But by the same token, we weren't picking up the phone and calling teams on Jordan because of his value to our team. Something has got to give, and it's got to be Matthews playing on the perimeter.

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