Published: Sat, August 12, 2017
Sport | By Ellis Neal

Buffalo Bills: Realistic Expectations for 2017

Buffalo Bills: Realistic Expectations for 2017

According to Bleacher Report on Friday, the Bills' trade involves sending away wide receiver Sammy Watkins and a 2018 pick in the sixth round to the Los Angeles Rams. The team traded cornerback Ronald Darby to the Philadelphia Eagles for wide receiver Jordan Matthews and a third round pick in the 2018 NFL Draft.

The Bills now have a pair of first, second and third-round picks in the 2018 draft. After two huge trades on Friday, the Buffalo Bills' new regime added multiple Day 2 selections to continue their rebuilding project next year. Agholor, mostly a slot receiver, will play all across the formation for head coach Doug Pederson and get increased targets with Jordan Matthews in Buffalo.

The Rams invested six draft picks into moving to the top of the 2016 draft to pick Goff, believing he was the franchise quarterback they'd been lacking since the Greatest Show on Turf days.

Matthews, who like Watkins is also in just his fourth season, had 73 receptions for 804 yards and three touchdowns in the 2016 season. He was a second-round pick (50th overall) in the 2015 draft.

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Bringing in Watkins also gives Goff another experienced receiver to go with Woods and Tavon Austin, who has been limited in training camp with a hamstring injury. The Buffalo Bills haven't made a postseason appearance since the team was stunned by the Tennessee Titans via the "Music City Miracle" in the 1999 AFC Wild Card Playoffs.

I think the biggest victor in these deals is quarterback Tyrod Taylor. But if you want to take that risk, you need to pick up Darren McFadden two rounds earlier than you normally would.

Watkins joins back up with teammate Robert Woods, who the Rams signed this offseason. However, the problem in Buffalo is simple: there doesn't appear to be a vertical threat on the roster.

Despite the production, the Eagles never got serious about working out a contract extension with Matthews, who is in the final year of his rookie deal. As players and coaches, they coach and we play.

The good news is that Matthews is no slouch.

The Rams have known for some time they needed a bona fide No. 1 wide receiver, someone capable of blowing the top off a defense, drawing extra attention defensively - and opening more room for others to work, including running back Todd Gurley - and tilting the field in the Rams' direction. Use promo code fantasypros to get a free $3 best ball entry with your first deposit! This month alone, the Bills signed veteran wideout Anquan Boldin - ninth in National Football League history with 1,076 career receptions.

"Last night, coming off my first game, trying to digest some of that and then have these conversations late into the night, not a lot of sleep", said McDermott.

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