Sammy Watkins trade means 3 big things

With Sammy Watkins, Rams finally have a true No. 1 receiver

With Sammy Watkins, Rams finally have a true No. 1 receiver

The Buffalo Bills sent shockwaves through the National Football League world Friday afternoon, announcing a trade to send former Clemson wide receiver Sammy Watkins to the Los Angeles Rams for cornerback E.J. Gaines and a 2018 second-round draft pick. Shortly after that news hit, the team traded for Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Jordan Matthews and a 2018 third-round pick.

With Matthews gone, Smith should get an opportunity to be Philadelphia's No. 2, though he'll have to compete with Nelson Algohor, among others.

The changes at wide receiver are stunning, but it pales in comparison to the secondary.

Advantage Watkins. The dynamic athletic ability that made him the fourth overall pick has shown - when he's been healthy - on the field in Buffalo, leading to one of the highest yard-per-reception averages over the last three years in the NFL.

The addition of Watkins to the Rams means his old teammate, Robert Woods, figures to see fewer targets than expected, which all but takes him off the fantasy radar. "We all lose targets, but I think the main goal is to win games and be productive, and I think that will help us as an offense". Even with Matthews and Boldin in town, Jones, who holds the FBS record for career receptions (399), is in a better spot.

The Bills' secondary did need to improve, as last season, they ranked 20th in Adjusted Defensive Passing NEP per play. When the weather goes to hell in Buffalo, Taylor should be able to get the ball out quickly and keep the chains moving.

Let's look at the situation in LA now, where Watkins will certainly bring some sexy to a team that wasn't lacking in that department. Now, we all get the season Jared Goff had as a rookie. The Bills previously acquired the Kansas City Chiefs' first-round pick when they traded down during the 2017 draft to select cornerback Tre'Davious White at No. 27. He completed under 55 percent of his pass attempts and threw seven touchdowns to only five touchdowns. This should allow the Rams and RB Todd Gurley to establish a running game more efficiently than past year with an upgraded receiving core and offensive line. They, along with Tyler Higbee, Tavon Austin and Pharoh Cooper, would provide much-needed weaponry for Goff.

So they added. two former Bills.

Watkins dealt with nagging calf and ankle ailments in 2015, though he caught for 900 yards over the last nine games to register his first 1,000-yard season. The team is apparently interested in signing Watkins to a long-term extension.

The biggest victor, of course, is Goff.

The Los Angeles Rams didn't just acquire wide receiver Sammy Watkins to be a one-year rental.

In dynasty, the quarterback situation got a lot brighter.

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