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They followed that up by acquiring wide receiver Jordan Matthews and a third round draft pick from Philadelphia in exchange for CB Ronald Darby.
As the Bills official website suggests, these were moves that no one was expecting, but its clear Buffalo’s front office is going to shape this roster in the image they believe will bring sustained success.
Watkins, who has had a pair of foot surgeries to repair a Jones fracture, led the team in receptions Thursday night against the Vikings. He will be reunited in Los Angeles with Robert Woods and likely fill their number one receiver role.
Parting with Watkins was certainly a surprise, but the current front office did not draft the Clemson product and clearly has a different direction charted for the team’s receiving corps. Watkins appeared in 37 games for the Bills posting 153 catches, almost 2,500 yards and 17 touchdowns. Injuries have kept him out of 11 of the team’s last 32 games.
Matthews has been the subject of trade rumors all offseason long. They picked up steam with Nelson Agholor's outstanding performance in training camp.
We'll be gauging the fantasy impact of both these deals in coming days. Watch the AugustUpdate Training Camp News Section for more as the situations play out.