Asked Friday if the Bills are better off for the upcoming season after making the moves, Beane said, "you can make an argument either way".
The trades set the Bills up to replace quarterback Tyrod Taylor, to whom McDermott and ownership in Buffalo are noncommittal, with this draft deck in April 2018: two first-round picks, two second-round picks, two third-round picks.
First came the report that wide receiver Sammy Watkins - arguably their best skill player - was traded.
It's safe to say we're not shy when it comes to getting you ready for the upcoming National Football League season. But the Eagles signed free-agent receivers Alshon Jeffery and Torrey Smith in the offseason, drafted Mack Hollins and Shelton Gibson and have been pleased with 2015 first-round pick Nelson Agholor's improvement.
Matthews, who like Watkins is also in just his fourth season, had 73 receptions for 804 yards and three touchdowns in the 2016 season. Friday's trades look to be about acquiring draft picks and rebuilding.
If we back off the need for a deep threat, though, the reality is that the Bills host three games to open December before traveling to New England and Miami to close out the season.
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The to-do list was daunting as the Rams trudged off the field at the Coliseum on New Year's Day to end the 2016 season.
New head coach Sean McVay, regarded as an up-and-coming offensive savant, was hired. The team's future seemed bleak and foreboding.
I think the biggest victor in these deals is quarterback Tyrod Taylor.
Matthews was targeted 117 times last season compared to 69 for Agholor, who averaged only 10.1 yards per catch.
Goodwin will see Watkins and Woods two-times per year in the NFC West after signing a 2-year, $6 million contract with the San Francisco 49ers. It's possible that Seymour competes with recent acquisition E.J. Gaines for the outside cornerback job opposite rookie Tre'Davious White or defeats Leonard Johnson for the slot cornerback job, but Buffalo's top three cornerbacks may be completely different this season.
This doesn't sound like a ringing endorsement for Matthews, who was actually a teammate of McCoy's in the 2014 season, the 29-year-old's final season in Philadelphia. He is now dealing with knee tendinitis, which kept him from practicing for a good portion of the spring. Out the door were the team's top receiver and top cornerback. As players and coaches, they coach and we play. The departure of Matthews will make it easier for the front office to keep some of the promising young talent on the 53-man roster. (Brooks, coming off a ruptured quad tendon, injured his hamstring Thursday in the preseason opener against the Green Bay Packers.) Inconsistency has plagued the group during the spring and summer, and defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz has made it quite clear that the competition is far from settled.
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