Beyond those three, they saw nearly no production from any other wideouts. Maybe the Bills' front office doesn't care. Watkins has proven he can't stay healthy, and to a certain extent, Gaines has shown that too.
The team announced that Sammy Watkins has been shipped to the Los Angeles Rams - along with a 2018 sixth-round pick - in exchange for cornerback E.J. But was it a smart move? Newly signed Robert Woods, who was Watkins' teammate in Buffalo, and rookie Cooper Kupp, who's impressing coaches and personnel alike, gives Goff the chance to really take a step up in production from year one. The Bills declined his fifth-year option for 2018 - call it writing on the wall, if you will - allowing him to hit the open market next offseason. Rams get a number one receiver.
The major issue lies in his contract situation. Sammy Watkins and Jordan Matthews were the headliners, but some sleepers - namely, rookie Zay Jones and veteran Anquan Boldin - emerged from the fray and should be highlighted on 2017 cheat sheets. The talent is there, and now that he's a No. 1 again, he should see more targets than he was going to get in Philadelphia with Alshon Jeffery in town. They also have selected seven wide receivers and tight ends in the past two drafts. The offensive line was the worst in the National Football League, and the wide- receivers group not much better.
Some fans liked the deals, as they feel as though they will help the Bills in the long-term.
Now let's talk about the trade compensation. That's not going to hurt the Rams. Previous year at this time, from where the group was, it would have been hard to do. Gaines and a second round pick.
"Tavon is a fast kid", Snead said at a charity luncheon in downtown Los Angeles. "Jordan played a huge role in helping me develop as a player and as a man".
However, Matthews is still a talented receiver who could be effective in the upcoming season.
The headliner of these trades is Watkins.
Darby, 23, was a second-round pick of Buffalo in 2015 out of Florida State and represents an immediate upgrade for an Eagles CB depth chart. The Bills brought in Matthews who corralled 804 yards receiving last season with three touchdown passes. He required a second operation in January after aggravating the injury last season. Has he put those conditions behind him?
Of course, Goff only threw one outdoor touchdown pass in a white uniform. Watkins had three foot surgeries in the past 15 months and played only eight games with 28 receptions in 2016. He made 75 of his 181 catches behind the line of scrimmage and carried the ball 125 times out of the backfield.