That role figures to provide a nice boost to Matthews' fantasy stock, as he was previously expected to serve as Philadelphia's second option behind Alshon Jeffery.
That's a pretty nice value for the Bills, getting a rental on Matthews and getting the third round pick, but that wasn't the only trade they made. After sitting out much of the spring, Watkins has taken a pretty full work load during training camp and figured to be the team's No. 1 receiver. He was a second-round pick (50th overall) in the 2015 draft. Watkins, the Clemson product who was drafted ahead of Tampa Bay wide receiver Mike Evans and Giants' star wideout Odell Beckham Jr.in the 2014 draft, has flashed plenty of tantalizing potential despite missing 11 games over the past two seasons. Matthews and Wentz were close friends and it was Matthews who caught Wentz's first career touchdown pass in last season's opener.
Matthews is just one of seven players in league history to have at least 225 catches, 2,500 yds, and 19 TDs in their first 3 seasons.
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.More news: Wonder Woman Blu-ray Details Officially Revealed
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Buffalo now owns two selections in the first, second and third rounds of the 2018 draft. In his rookie season two years ago, he had two interceptions, but none last year. Insane how close you can get with someone in a year. And the Bills are stocked for the 2018 draft.
A year ago, Jordan Matthews was the unquestioned leader of a young and inexperienced receiver group, charged with not just carrying the load but also helping the rookie franchise quarterback acclimate to the NFL.
Even given Watkins' problems staying healthy since entering the National Football League as the fourth overall selection in 2014, he is a far-and-away better talent than Matthews. It never gets any easier in this business because however good he is as a player, he's a better person. Don't discount Mack Hollins earning some time there, as well. I'll tell you right now, he ran away from people at the Senior Bowl.