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Jordan Matthews suffers chest injury in 1st practice with Bills

Sunday, August 13th, 2017

PITTSFORD, N.Y. -- Jordan Matthews' first chance to fill Sammy Watkins' starting job with the Buffalo Bills ended with the newly acquired receiver sustaining a chest injury. Matthews finished the two-hour practice on Sunday before being escorted off the field by a trainer. The Bills were unable to provide an update on the nature or severity of the injury because Matthews was still being evaluated. It's unclear when Matthews might have been hurt, though he did fall hard along the sideline while attempting to make a leaping catch in one-on-one coverage with cornerback Shareece Wright during a team drill. It was not the type of debut the Bills were counting upon in returning to training camp since

Not sticking to sports, Charlottesville native Chris Long feels responsibility to speak out

Sunday, August 13th, 2017

PITTSFORD, N.Y. -- Jordan Matthews' first chance to fill Sammy Watkins' starting job with the Buffalo Bills ended with the newly acquired receiver sustaining a chest injury. Matthews finished the two-hour practice on Sunday before being escorted off the field by a trainer. The Bills were unable to provide an update on the nature or severity of the injury because Matthews was still being evaluated. It's unclear when Matthews might have been hurt, though he did fall hard along the sideline while attempting to make a leaping catch in one-on-one coverage with cornerback Shareece Wright during a team drill. It was not the type of debut the Bills were counting upon in returning to training camp since

Rams WR Watkins eager for fresh start, grass field in LA

Saturday, August 12th, 2017

Sammy Watkins was thrilled when the Buffalo Bills threw to him repeatedly in the opening minutes of their exhibition opener earlier this week. Only later did the Los Angeles Rams' top new receiver realize what else might have been going on. ''I just thought I was catching it hot,'' Watkins said with a grin Saturday.

Are the Buffalo Bills Done with Tyrod Taylor?

Saturday, August 12th, 2017

The Buffalo Bills have shown that the drama of the NFL off season is far from over. On Friday, the Bills traded away their starting WR, Sammy Watkins, and their top CB, Ronald Darby. Watkins was one of QB Tyrod Taylor’s favorite targets. Watkins was drafted fourth overall in the 2014 NFL Draft after a fantastic career with the Clemson Tigers. Ronald Darby was drafted 50th overall in the 2015 NFL Draft. Darby finished second in the voting for defensive rookie of the year in 2015. What could motivate such a maneuver by the Bills management? Draft picks, and a focus on building the future. Buffalo traded Watkins and a 2018 sixth-round pick to the Los Angeles Rams for cornerback E.J. Gains and a

Rams see Sammy Watkins as difference-maker at receiver

Friday, August 11th, 2017

If the Los Angeles Rams needed someone to vouch for wide receiver Sammy Watkins before acquiring him in a trade from the Buffalo Bills on Friday, they didn't have to go very far. Wide receiver Robert Woods and cornerback Nickell Robey-Coleman, who both played in Buffalo for the past four seasons before signing with Los Angeles as free agents, expect the former No. 4 overall draft pick to provide a major jolt of energy to the Rams' passing offense. Woods said Watkins is ''a big, big, big-time receiver,'' while the gregarious Robey-Coleman sees him as the kind of difference-maker the Rams have lacked since the heyday of ''The Greatest Show on Turf'' when they were located in St. Louis.

Bills trade WR Sammy Watkins to Rams, CB Ronald Darby to Eagles

Friday, August 11th, 2017

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (WKBW) - Just one night after their first preseason game, the Buffalo Bills have two stunning trades, trading WR Sammy Watkins to the Los Angeles Rams for CB E.J. Gaines. 2018 Draft picks were also swapped between the two teams. In a separate trade, the Bills traded CB Ronald Darby to the Eagles for WR Jordan Matthews. Watkins led the Bills in receptions in the team's first preseason game. Watkins is coming off a pair of foot surgeries to repair a Jones fracture. The 25-year-old Gaines has had injury concerns of his own -- he missed the entire 2015 season due to injury, but made 10 starts last season. When healthy, Gaines has been a starter in the Rams defense. Matthews, a

Bills GM on trades ‘win today, win tomorrow’

Friday, August 11th, 2017

ORCHARD PARK, NY —  Buffalo Bills general manager Brandon Beane made one thing very clear Friday after dealing wide receiver Sammy Watkins and cornerback Ronald Darby: He was not actively shopping them. The Bills traded Watkins and a sixth-round to the Rams for cornerback E.J. Gaines and a 2018 second-round pick, and a then shipped out Darby to the Eagles for wide receiver Jordan Matthews and a 2018 third-round pick. During his press conference Thursday, Beane said it was the Rams and Eagles that came calling. "What prompted the moves was they were two separate moves even though fortunately the timing worked out the way I wanted," Beane said. "I was not shopping these guys. I had calls from multiple

Bills trade Sammy Watkins to Rams, land Jordan Matthews from Eagles

Friday, August 11th, 2017

The Buffalo Bills have traded Sammy Watkins and a 2018 sixth-round pick to the Los Angeles Rams in exchange for E.J Gaines and a 2018 second-round pick, the teams announced on Friday. In a subsequent trade, the Bills received Jordan Matthews and a 2018 third-round pick from the Eagles in exchange for Ronald Darby. The trades were announced minutes apart on Twitter: Altogether, the trade nets the Bills second-round and third-round picks in 2018 but leaves the roster in a lesser state for the 2017 season. Matthews has been a relatively productive receiver in Philadelphia, but he doesn’t bring the big play ability that Watkins does. Watkins’ health problems were his main issue in Buffalo, though.

The Bills traded Sammy Watkins and Ronald Darby and are clearly rebuilding now

Friday, August 11th, 2017

The Buffalo Bills took a step backward for the 2017 season Friday and instead began a long-term effort to restock the roster through the draft. Make no mistake about it: Acquiring Jordan Matthews to replace Sammy Watkins and E.J. Gaines to replace Ronald Darby leaves the Bills in a lesser place with just a month until the regular season begins. Matthews was a perfectly fine and productive wide receiver in Philadelphia, and Gaines developed into a solid starter for the Rams. But Matthews doesn’t bring the game-breaking ability that Watkins does, and Darby had a stronger start to his career than Gaines. Why make the trades if the Bills are worse now? The Bills made both deals because the team is

Sammy Watkins Gets a Fresh Start in L.A., as the Bills Tear It All Down

Friday, August 11th, 2017

Three years ago, the Buffalo Bills gave up a king’s ransom in order to draft Sammy Watkins. Then-general manager Doug Whaley traded an additional first-round pick and a fourth-rounder to move up five slots to secure the receiver. Now, after just 37 games in a Bills uniform, Watkins’ run in Buffalo is over.