Buffalo's overall approach with these trades, and specifically the loss of Watkins, can not sit well with starting quarterback Tyrod Taylor.
Watkins, a Clemson alum, joins the receiver-starved Rams who are looking for capable targets for last year's top-overall pick Jared Goff, who struggled while the offense finished dead last in both yardage and scoring.
The Buffalo Bills and Los Angeles Rams have completed a trade that sends wide receiver Sammy Watkins to Southern California.
Watkins, 24, only appeared in eight games for the Bills last season due to a broken foot.
For the Bills, this move was about acquiring draft picks for the future: The new regime has already made a decision to move on from Watkins, the prize pick of the old regime.
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Gaines is entering his fourth season as a pro. Watkins can be that type of dynamic threat when healthy.
The Rams were dead last in yards and scoring last season. Buffalo also received a second round draft pick in the deal while giving up a sixth round pick.
Matthews, like Watkins, is eligible for unrestricted free agency after this year. By comparison, the man who will probably replace him in the starting lineup - Matthews, who was the Eagles' second-round pick in 2014 - has missed only two games in his career and has 225 catches for 2,673 yards and 19 TDs. He missed three games in 2015 and half the season past year.
Darby started 29 games in his first two seasons in Buffalo.
We now have six picks in the first three rounds of the 2018 NFL Draft.