Published: Sun, August 13, 2017
Sport | By Wendy Sparks

Buffalo Bills invest in future by trading Ronald Darby, Sammy Watkins

Buffalo Bills invest in future by trading Ronald Darby, Sammy Watkins

Just seconds after it was announced that the Bills were trading wide receiver Sammy Watkins to the Los Angeles Rams, reports stated Buffalo secured another trade with the Eagles. They could either use those picks to build a quality roster or package a few of them to move up. It is also true that he had two surgeries on the ailing foot, with the second being in January.

Well, Friday morning just got a little bit more interesting. I think that's all it took was getting tackled, a couple of balls.

"Last night, coming off my first game, trying to digest some of that and then have these conversations late into the night, not a lot of sleep", said McDermott. I'm very protective of our players, and it's got to be the right deal, the right situation for us to do something like this.

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Watkins had his moments in Buffalo, but he struggled to stay healthy.

Three teams were involved in these trades so the fantasy ripple effect is massive. below I'll go team-by-team to assess the impact.

Let's start with Watkins and the Rams. Unfortunately, Gaines was injured the entire next season, before returning in 2016, starting 10 games, but still dealing with injuries. Bills starter Tyrod Taylor's future is uncertain beyond this season. When I signed my name on the dotted line, I became a part of that 17-year time period. Though most analysts and writers including myself believe that Gurley is in for a bounce-back season, defenses from opposing teams have to respect and plan for the passing game of LA now that they tout a true WR1 in Watkins. 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.

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Watkins is expected to arrive in Los Angeles on Saturday after catching four passes for 39 yards in the Bills' preseason opener Thursday. And, in all honesty, it's starting to look like doomsday for WR Tavon Austin, who was once looked at as the cornerstone of the Rams offense. Robert Woods, the former USC standout and a polished three-year National Football League wide receiver, was added to supply professionalism and reliability. While Watkins has not yet been seen in Rams gear, the team's video department didn't have an issue with simulating a Jared Goff-to-Watkins touchdown pass.

The fastest player in training camp for the Eagles is also the fastest-rising skill player on the depth chart.

So comes to an end a somewhat disappointing three-year stint in Buffalo for Watkins. With the trade, the Rams no longer have the ability to exercise his 2018 option after the Bills declined it earlier this offseason. Imagine where they'll rank next year if they sign their newest addition to a long-term deal. You put one step in front of the other and you move on.

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