Eagles QB drove new Bills WR Jordan Matthews to airport

Sammy Watkins starts strong in Bills preseason debut

The fourth-year wide receiver and a 2018 sixth-round pick were shipped to L.A. for cornerback E.J. Gaines and a 2018 second rounder. The Rams and Bills had been talking about a trade like this since the early part of May, when the Bills decided not to pick up the fifth-year option on Watkins' rookie contract (the Rams did the same with Robinson).

Jordan Matthews wasn't flawless, but he caught 225 passes and had 19 touchdown catches in three seasons with the Eagles. Our models have him down for 74 catches, 855 yards and 4.43 touchdowns for the coming season.

For the Rams, it's a no-brainer, a risk worth taking. And younger players such as Nickell Robey-Coleman, Lamarcus Joyner, Troy Hill and Mike Jordan gave the Rams some adequate depth at the position.

Part of the somber vibe, he said, could be attributed to the fact that the Eagles were less than 48 hours removed from a preseason game and were put through a almost three-hour, fully padded, live-hitting practice by head coach Doug Pederson. He can do intermediate routes. He gets the chance to go into Buffalo and be their No. 1 receiver. He's Sammy Watkins. For real.

It will be a few days. "This is my first time experiencing this with someone that's one of my best friends".

While it is encouraging that the Eagles seemingly took one look at the secondary on the field in the preseason opener and knew something had to be done, the Bills proved how costly help can be. The 6-foot-3, 205-pounder had 225 receptions for 2,673 yards and 19 touchdowns.

He wasn't flawless, but he was one of just five players in National Football League history with 65-plus catches and 800-plus receiving yards in each of their first three years.

Watkins' problem has been staying on the field.

Rowe's rookie season saw him finish with 31 tackles, one interception and five passes defended in 16 games.

"You know you're going to need a bunch of corners to play", Roseman said. If Watkins can stay healthy, this is a player who posted 2,000-plus yards and 15 touchdowns over his first two National Football League seasons.

For Watkins, it marks a decisive career shift away from Buffalo, a team that tried to make it work with the player they traded up for in the first round of the 2014 draft. Matthews is also entering the final season of his contract, so the Eagles also faced the possibility of losing him in free agency.

"Hard to pull the trigger on a trade like that when you're giving up that kind of player and person", said Roseman. "Because of the age, you'd want it to be for the future as well". Snead said Austin still has a role on the team because of his speed, but Austin has missed most of training camp with a hamstring injury, and clearly Watkins has been brought in to fill the role the Rams thought Austin might fill.

"You see in McVay's offense how he is always spreading the ball around, multiple receivers with 1,000 yards, and I think that's the same thing that helps us".

"We weren't picking up the phone and calling teams on Jordan because of his value to our team", Roseman told reporters in Philadelphia. But newcomer Kayvon Webster, who is very familiar with Wade Phillips' system from his time in Denver, already had locked down the starting job opposite Trumaine Johnson.

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