Eagles trade Jordan Matthews to Bills for Ronald Darby

Bills deal Sammy Watkins, acquire Jordan Matthews in separate deals

Bills ship Sammy Watkins to Rams, get Jordan Matthews from Eagles

They got cornerback E.J.

In a short manner of hours Friday, the fantasy football landscape seismically shifted as the Eagles traded Jordan Matthews to the Bills, the Bills traded Sammy Watkins to the Rams and the NFL announced it was suspending Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott for six games this season.

Watkins was a first-round draft pick in 2014 and had 153 catches for 2,459 yards and 17 touchdowns in three seasons with the Bills.

The Buffalo Bills are clearly rebuilding their roster under newly appointed general manager Brandon Beane and first-year head coach Sean McDermott and pulled the trigger on two major trades just one day after their first preseason game.

Matthews caught three passes on the drive; he was the receiver Wentz was most comfortable with, the one Wentz looked for when he was dodging pass-rushers, as was frequently the case during the 10 snaps the QB played in Thursday's exhibition.

Darby, a native of Oxon Hill, MD, played three seasons for the Seminoles, appearing in 42 career games and totaling 79 tackles (57 solo), 16 pass breakups, 2 interceptions, 2 forced fumbles and 1 fumble recovery.

"We spent a lot of time going over this because this is obviously a big trade for our football team", he said. He was the top-rated wide receiver in the 2014 draft, but that was also a draft filled with several top prospects, including Odell Beckham Jr. who has proven to be the best of the bunch. "Looking at that group, we have bunch of young players we're excited about".

Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Jordan Matthews during an NFL football training camp in Philadelphia Wednesday Aug. 2 2017
Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Jordan Matthews during an NFL football training camp in Philadelphia Wednesday Aug. 2 2017

With the second- and third-round picks acquired, the Bills now own two first-round picks, two in the second, and two in the third for 2018. You don't know me if you think I'm throwing in the towel. With this move, the team, for lack of a better term, killed two birds with one stone. When the trade happened, they had to throw in the third-rounder, because as Roseman noted, it's "a corner-deficient league", and prying away a starting-quality corner from anyone in August is a hard feat.

Darby was teammates in Buffalo in 2015 with Eagles linebacker Nigel Bradham and Brooks.

I applaud them for the moves.

"So it's something that we felt - as well as the quarterback position, the offensive line, defensive line - you can never have enough of those guys". Journeyman veteran Patrick Robinson has starting experience but no confidence.

"It hurts when people you care about leave", Roseman said.

Make no mistake: The Los Angeles Rams' receiving corps was not good last season.

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