Matthews will not be the deep threat Watkins was, as the No. 11 projected receiver, but he will command possession as he has made more than 220 catches in his first three seasons and will be valuable in a PPR league. The Eagles upgraded the receiver position enough this offseason by signing Torrey Smith and Alshon Jeffery, as well as drafting promising rookie Mack Hollins, to feel comfortable making this move.
Watkins was said to be in the mix for the 2nd pick overall in the 2014 draft for the Rams, but they opted to take LT Greg Robinson instead which ultimately in hindsight looked like a bust for the organization. The trade ensures that the Bills have two picks in the first, second, and third rounds in next year's draft.
Matthews has been traded to the Buffalo Bills who were quite busy on Friday (they also traded Sammy Watkins in another move).
As much as I say I dislike this trade, there is one positive: the Rams finally have a number one receiver. "We go with the information that we have since they've been in Eagles uniforms and that wide receiver group has been tremendously competitive throughout the spring and summer". He is entering the final year of his deal. Drops are an issue, but it's worth noting that Matthews has had at least 800 receiving yards in all three seasons, and he scored eight TDs in his first two campaigns. That assumes he'll even get that far with the Bills, who can part with Taylor at the end of the 2017 season by not paying his $6 million roster bonus.
As for Darby, he had a nice rookie season in 2015, but declined last season, so a change of scenery may do him good.
"Those things have a way of kind of sorting themselves out", Roseman said. Where does that leave the Rams in the defensive backfield if he walks? He won a starting job in 2015 but then got hurt before the season started.
One day after wide receiver Jordan Matthews was traded to Buffalo, the team went about its business with a rigorous practice at the NovaCare Complex.
With the departure of Watkins, Buffalo will have a almost new wide-receiver corps in 2017. Football players always want to win, and on the surface, the trades that the Bills made on Friday were made with long term success in mind. Sometimes, that's a day to day process and sometimes those are not easy things, easy decisions from a leadership standpoint and I understand where they're coming from. Matthews and Darby will get to face their former teams on Thursday, when the Bills travel to play Philadelphia in a preseason game.