Buffalo Bills: Sammy Watkins traded, Jordan Matthews acquired

Trae Waynes and Edmond Robinson tackle Buffalo Bills' Sammy Watkins on a punt return during the first half of a preseason NFL football game Thursday Aug. 10 2017 in Orchard Park N.Y. (AP

The Rams clearly focused on upgrading their passing game this offseason as they hope to turn Jared Goff, the 2016 NFL Draft's No. 1 overall pick, into a franchise quarterback.

In the first, they sent receiver Sammy Watkins and a sixth-round pick to the Los Angeles Rams for cornerback E.J. Gaines and a second-round pick. Get the app and get the game.

Watkins will be reunited with his former teammate Robert Woods in LA.

Watkins has played a total of 37 games since he was drafted in 2014 thanks to constant foot problems. Gaines, Eagles wideout Jordan Matthews and picks in the second and third rounds of the 2018 draft. He struggled to stay healthy, and when on the field, has been sporadic.

That will give them at a minimum six selections in the top 100 of the draft, plus if they get any compensatory selection for the loss of Stephon Gillmore, and potentially four of those picks could be top 40 selections. However, when talking to the media on Friday afternoon, Buffalo general manager Brandon Beane assured fans that this is not the case. Matthews isn't almost as explosive as Watkins but he's been more dependable and has the size and strength to help in the run game and work from the slot. But the Eagles signed free-agent receivers Alshon Jeffery and Torrey Smith in the offseason, drafted Mack Hollins and Shelton Gibson and have been pleased with 2015 first-round pick Nelson Agholor's improvement. Who knows, come late December the Bills could be knocking on the playoff door.

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