Bills deal Watkins in 3-team shake-up
The Buffalo Bills’ offseason overhaul isn’t over yet now that receiver and cornerback became the latest players to be sent packing.
The Bills dealt both starters in separate blockbuster trades on Friday in an effort to reshape the roster under new coach
Watkins was traded to the Los Angeles Rams, while Darby was sent to the Philadelphia Eagles. Buffalo addressed both positions by acquiring receiver from Philadelphia and cornerback
from the Rams. The Bills also continued looking to the future by further stockpiling 2018 draft selections. They acquired a second-round pick from L.A. and a third-rounder from the Eagles, while also sending a sixth-round pick to the Rams. Buffalo now has two picks in each of the first three rounds next year after acquiring the Kansas City Chiefs’ first-round selection in April.
The additional picks provide Bills General Manager
assets in a draft that looks as if it will have several top-end quarterback prospects. Bills starter
future is uncertain beyond this season.
McDermott acknowledged his most difficult challenge was not merely breaking the news of Watkins’ departure to Taylor. “I’ll take it a step further: How do you sell it to the entire team?” McDermott said, before outlining his message.
“You put one step in front of the other and we move on,” he said. “I asked them to continue to trust me and our decisions in terms of what we’re doing.”
The trades caught Bills players by surprise a day after a 17-10 preseason-opening loss to the Vikings.
“It’s tough to lose a guy like Sammy,” Taylor said. “We have to put a positive lining. It’s a win-now league. And as a team, we have to refocus, do whatever it takes to win games.”
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Tyrod Taylor’s Tannehill out for ’17
who parted with the Chicago Bears after eight seasons, agreed to delay his fledgling network TV career and signed a $10 million, one-year contract Monday to replace Tannehill. Cutler, 34, might make his Dolphins debut in their second exhibition game next Thursday.
Pittsburgh 20, New York Giants 12:
Rookie quarterback threw a 28-yard touchdown pass and kicked a 37-yard field goal in the third quarter to give visiting Steelers the lead for good in a preseason win over the Giants on Friday night.
Boswell Cincinnati 23, Tampa Bay 12: Ryan Fitzpatrick, Jameis Winston,
a chance to back up
made a good initial impression with the Buccaneers, completing his first series with a 6-yard touchdown run, before the host Bengals pulled away.
San Francisco 27, Kansas City 17: Alex Smith
led the host Chiefs to a quick touchdown and first-round pick
had an impressive debut, before the 49ers backups took over.
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