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

12 August, 2017, 00:09 | Author: Felix Jensen
  • The Los Angeles Rams Have Traded for Sammy Watkins

The first three offensive plays for the Bills were all throws to Watkins, who caught all three.

The three picks leave Buffalo's front office with enormous flexibility entering the 2018 draft next spring.

Bills have acquired CB E.J. Gaines and Rams 2018 second round pick for WR Sammy Watkins and Bills 2018 sixth round pick.

Their two leading returning receivers heading into 2017 are Tavon Austin (58 catches for 509 yards and 3 TDs) and running back Todd Gurley (43 receptions for 327 yards and no TDs).

Watkins, 24, was drafted by the Bills with the fourth-overall draft pick in 2014 after Buffalo traded its first- and fourth-round picks in the following draft to the Cleveland Browns to move up the No. 4.

The question is, was it enough? Watkins has struggled to stay healthy throughout his young National Football League career.

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Watkins has played in 21 games the past two seasons after playing all 16 as a rookie in 2014.

Watkins has been dealing with a foot injury that limited the wide receiver to just eight games a year ago after having an operation to fix a broken foot.

The Rams must think that Watkins is as healthy as he's been in his entire career. His lowest reception total is 67 as a rookie, and for yards it was 804 last season when he missed the only two games of his pro career.

While Buffalo no longer has a bonafide receiving threat on the outside, they've added a reliable pair of hands for quarterback Tyrod Taylor in the middle of the field by adding one of the NFL's best slot receivers. Watkins is an extremely talented No. 1 receiver who shines on the outside.

Watkins didn't score, but if he stays healthy, that will come.

This move provides them with more offensive firepower and also gives them a reliable go-to receiver they have not had in years.

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