Bills shake things up, trade Watkins to Rams

The Hamilton Spectator - - SPORTS - OR­CHARD PARK, N.Y. —

The Buf­falo Bills have shaken up their ros­ter with two sep­a­rate trades, deal­ing start­ing re­ceiver Sammy Watkins to the Los An­ge­les Rams and ac­quir­ing Jor­dan Matthews from Philadel­phia.

Both are block­buster trades in which Buf­falo also shuf­fled its cor­ner­backs.

The Bills dealt Ron­ald Darby to the Ea­gles and ac­quired E.J. Gaines in the trade with the Rams.

Buf­falo also con­tin­ued stock­pil­ing 2018 draft picks, ac­quir­ing a sec­ond-round se­lec­tion from Los An­ge­les and a third-rounder from the Ea­gles. The Bills dealt a sixth-round pick to the Rams as part of the Watkins trade.

The moves were an­nounced early Fri­day af­ter­noon, a day af­ter Buf­falo opened its preseason with a 17-10 loss to Min­nesota. The shakeup con­tin­ues an off-sea­son over­haul un­der new coach Sean McDer­mott and GM Bran­don Beane.

Matthews had been Philadel­phia’s most pro­duc­tive re­ceiver, av­er­ag­ing 75 catches, 891 re­ceiv­ing yards and six touch­downs in his first three sea­sons. But the Ea­gles signed free-agent re­ceivers Al­shon Jef­fery and Tor­rey Smith in the off-sea­son, and have re­ceiver Nel­son Agholor.

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