The Los Angeles Rams Have Traded for Sammy Watkins

Bills trade Watkins to Rams get Matthews from Eagles

Watkins (6-1, 211) was once considered the prized receiver of the 2014 National Football League draft, which turned out to be loaded at the position.

First, Ezekiel Elliott, a consensus Top-5 pick, was hit with a six-game suspension.

The Rams' second-round draft pick, the Eagles' third-round draft pick, cornerback E.J.

Watkins logged 2,459 yards on 153 receptions and 17 touchdowns in 37 games. As a result, a former Bills cornerback in Stephon Gilmore appeared to throw a little bit of shade at Buffalo on Twitter.

For the Rams, this was all about Watkins: They want to give young quarterback Jared Goff another weapon, and now they've done so.

The question is, was it enough? Statistically speaking, Matthews is a more effective receiver than Watkins, who has caught 153 passes for almost 2,500 yards throughout his career. Last night, Watkins caught the first three passes thrown his way in what we now know was his last game as a Bill. He can create separation in the middle of the field, but he's also a truly risky deep threat, as evidenced by his career average of 16.1 yards per catch. Darby, who finished second in defensive rookie of the year voting in 2015, had started 29 games over the past two seasons. Watkins is an extremely talented No. 1 receiver who shines on the outside.

The Rams are excited about rookies Cooper Kupp and Josh Reynolds, but even after the Watkins trade you have to wonder if they've done enough to get markedly better at the position.

Watkins immediately becomes the highest-upside wide receiver on the Rams, who also acquired former Bills wideout Robert Woods as a free agent earlier this offseason.

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

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