Bills trade Sammy Watkins to Rams for EJ Gaines, 2nd-round pick

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The Bills announced two moves Friday, acquiring the services of Jordan Matthews and E.J. Gaines via trade.

Darby, a third-year player out of Florida State, was originally drafted by the Bills in the second round of the 2015 NFL Draft.

"Sammy has proven he can be a productive player and an explosive receiver in this league, we look forward to having him in a Rams uniform", Rams general manager Les Snead said in a news release. In his short career, Matthews has recorded 225 receptions for 2,673 and 19 touchdowns. Through his first two seasons Darby has only missed three games with 137 tackles, 33 passes defensed, and two interceptions.

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During his three years in Philadelphia, Matthews became a clear favorite within the Eagles' locker room.

Brooks, who was in line to be the Eagles' slot corner this season, suffered a hamstring injury in the Eagles' 24-9 loss at Green Bay on Thursday night. However, after a solid rookie campaign in which he was named to the PFWA All-Rookie Team and Pro Football Focus' Defensive Rookie of the Year, Darby regressed in 2016, apparently falling out of favor in Buffalo. Darby was considered their top cornerback on the depth chart. The VP added that he would not have done the deal if the player they were getting back had only one year left on his contract.

While they've done it with different quarterbacks, here's a WR vs. WR comparison for the last three years between Matthews and Watkins, both part of the class of 2014.

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The Bills never bottomed out as badly as the Browns in recent years, but Buffalo's impressive stash of draft selections rivals that of Cleveland, which is in full-blown rebuilding mode. Matthews is a talented young player with loads of potential. I'll tell you right now, he ran away from people at the Senior Bowl.

Before we get into Darby and what he brings to the Eagles, let's talk about what the Eagles are losing in Matthews.

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