Los Angeles Rams Acquire WR Sammy Watkins from the Buffalo Bills

Doug Mendoza
August 12, 2017

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. Woods has first-hand experience in benefiting from the one-on-one coverage Watkins can create, and coach Sean McVay showed in Washington with DeSean Jackson that he can take advantage of a deep threat. Watkins went to Buffalo at No. 4 and totaled 1,000 yards in his second season.

Gaines was a valuable defensive back in the Rams' rotation. He's Sammy Watkins. For real. "It's not just one person". Darby, a man-coverage specialist, is coming off a down sophomore campaign, after his 21 passes defensed as a second-round rookie in 2015 ranked fifth in the NFL. They'll either use the franchise tag next season to work on a contract or extend Watkins during this upcoming season. "We all lose targets, but I think the main goal is to win games and be productive, and I think that will help us as an offense". Last season, he was limited due to a two foot surgeries over the span of a year, which limited him to just eight games. "But because of the age, you'd like for it to be about the future as well".

Matthews was the Eagles' number-one receiver the last two seasons, playing out of the slot.

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L.A. signed Watkins' former (and once again current) teammate Robert Woods in the offseason and drafted former Eastern Washington wide receiver Cooper Kupp in the third round of the 2017 Draft, and former Texas A&M receiver Josh Reynolds in the fourth round. The Bills also have just 14 players whom they've drafted, not including this year's six-player class.

"[There's] obviously a difference", McCoy said.

The Rams traded Gaines, a part-time cornerback starter who slid down the depth chart a bit in the offseason after the free-agent signings of Robey-Coleman and Kayvon Webster.

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