Bills trades leaves club loaded for 2018 National Football League draft

Watkins will now be playing for the Rams

We know Austin might be used in the slot but he has mostly been used for trick or sweep plays out of the backfield.

It's not hard to see why the Bills might not be thrilled with him. In three years, he played in just 37 out of a possible 48 games and was extremely inconsistent. Watkins won't be on the field Saturday when the Rams open their preseason schedule against Dallas, but Watkins is expected at the Coliseum to watch his new team. (That's insane, especially over 96 targets.) Among the 14 wide receivers in 2015 to gain 100 or more Reception NEP, Watkins's 60 receptions were the fewest by 9 catches.

McCoy, who was traded from the Philadelphia Eagles in 2015 for linebacker Kiko Alonso, said he can relate to Watkins in that he was dealt for "a guy he's probably better than" in wide receiver Jordan Matthews.

Watkins was the most unsafe offensive weapon for quarterback Tyrod Taylor. Watkins had been able to build a rapport with former QB Tyrod Taylor the past couple of seasons and flashed WR1 ability when playing the game fully healthy. Matthews immediately fills the void created by Watkins. In L.A., Watkins will join ex-Buffalo teammate Robert Woods, a free-agent signee of the Rams, as rookie coach Sean McVay overhauls their offense. It could look something like the Tennessee Titans of last season, though similar efficiency is certainly not guaranteed.

The Bills may be doing a little combination of both. Out the door were the team's top receiver and top cornerback. Trading away E.J. Gaines is no issue. It was the most that a cornerback has allowed all season. By that metric, Darby was 12th at 59 percent, while Gaines was 82nd at just 32 percent.

Watkins can play a role similar to the one DeSean Jackson played in Washington the past four years for McVay, who was the Redskins' offensive coordinator.

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Darby, 23, is also a full two years younger than Gaines.

That means, of course, the 49ers are slated to face Watkins twice this season, Week 3 and Week 17. He missed 11 games over the past two seasons due to foot problems and is entering the final year of his contract. And he'll provide a huge upgrade for Jared Goff, as the 2016 draft's No. 1 overall pick tries to find his footing in the NFL. For Buffalo, they can't be ignored, because they look like the main motivation for these moves.

With Watkins out of the picture, the Bills added Jordan Matthews to take his spot.

Because, as the numbers show, it won't be.

The Bills' two trades Friday give the team a total of six selections in the first three rounds of the 2018 draft.

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