Tavon Austin Trade Rumors: Rams Aren't Shopping WR After Sammy Watkins Deal

Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Jordan Matthews catches a ball during an NFL football training camp in Philadelphia Friday Aug. 4 2017

Buffalo Bills' LeSean McCoy once felt Jordan Matthews was best WR in 2014 draft

The loss of E.J. Gaines to Buffalo in the Watkins trade further opens up the competition at cornerback. Speaking of the draft, the Bills now own Kansas City's 2018 first-rounder along with the second- and third-round selections picked up Friday. Consistency is the goal for Agholor, who has struggled with that part of the game in his two National Football League seasons.

Darby is a tackler, his 69 stops ranking fourth on the Bills last season. "I just said, 'That's part of the business.' Obviously he knew how I felt with Jordan being one of my best friends".

Just don't call it a rebuilding plan, Beane said.

"I don't know. The good thing about that is it's past my pay grade", Shady said of Buffalo's organizational approach.

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Matthews is entering the final year of his rookie contract.

Those expected to get chances to play the slot say they're ready for the moment.

"You don't have to take guys out for certain plays when they can line up inside or outside, " Hollins said. "We have to put a positive lining. We wish Jordan all the best, but we did what we thought was best for our team going forward".

Either way, it's clear the Bills were looking beyond the Watkins era after refusing to pick up his pricey option for 2018.

It's rare that good corners become available on the trade market, but Buffalo is rebuilding behind a new head coach-general manager combo, so Darby, a former second-round pick, is that rare good corner who became available.

Watkins has been hampered by an assortment of injuries and limited to playing just eight games last season after having surgery for a broken left foot.

He joins a revamped group of receivers on a Rams offense that has ranked last in the National Football League in each of the past two seasons. Matthews also has experience training in Florida with Bills receiver Anquan Boldin.

Clemson's Sammy Watkins catches a 19-yard pass to score a touchdown against Auburn's Demetruce McNeal during the third quarter of a game in Clemson, S.C., Saturday, Sept. 17, 2011.

Besides, if the Eagles are developing offensively around free agents Torrey Smith and Alshon Jeffery, there should be less emphasis on the role of the slot receiver.

The key for Philadelphia was adding a starting-caliber cornerback in Darby to a defense that plays in the pass-happy NFC East. "You look at Brandin Cooks' situation". Nothing is going to be handed to me.

There are premium draft picks coming Buffalo's way next year as a result of the deals-the Rams second rounder and the Eagles third rounder.

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.

On Saturday, however, the players couldn't hide their disappointment in the team's decision to trade away receiver Jordan Matthews.

"I'm invested. I know and feel what they feel", McDermott said, referring to Bills fans. 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. Both players will get to see what they look like in their new uniforms up close and personal when the Eagles host the Bills on Thursday in preseason play.

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