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Eagles Hoping Darby Will Help Solve Cornerback Issues

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Lucia Summers | 13 August, 2017, 00:39

A lack of reliable players at cornerback and a surplus of wide receivers prompted the Eagles to trade Matthews and a 2018 third-round draft pick to the Bills in exchange for cornerback Ronald Darby.

The Bills shook up their roster with two separate blockbuster trades Friday. The Bills traded for Matthews immediately after parting ways with Sammy Watkins to the Los Angeles Rams.

Cowboys: The NFL suspended star Dallas running back Ezekiel Elliott for six games, concluding after a yearlong investigation that the league's leading rusher injured his former girlfriend in three separate incidents last summer. "Once you get to the preseason games, you start knowing what the season's going to look like".

In May, Pagula tabbed Brandon Beane as the Bills' seventh general manager since 1999.

Darby is a tackler, his 69 stops ranking fourth on the Bills last season. McDermott said, before outlining his message.

"When you attack a team with your pass game, you'd like to use the width of the field and the length of the field, and that's what speed can do", said Snead, who also received a sixth-round pick in next year's draft from the Bills.

"We're trying to figure out the best way to build our team to consistently compete", Roseman said. Matthews was finally feeling healthy and hitting his stride and expected to play out the final year of his rookie contract with the team that drafted him. "We want to find mismatches and move players around so that we keep them guessing".

The moves were made day after Buffalo opened its preseason with a 17-10 loss to Minnesota. I mean, we're less than 48 hours from a game, guys are a little bit sore. "We have to put a positive lining". "So, you don't just do it for the now, although we do think he'll help the now".

Watkins' future in Buffalo was already in question after the Bills in May declined to pick up his fifth-year option. Nelson Agholor, the Eagles' first-round draft pick in 2015, has been a standout during training camp after two disappointing seasons.

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Agholor, who played in the slot his past year at Southern Cal and had 104 catches for 1,313 yards and 12 touchdowns, got a lot of reps in the slot this spring when Matthews was sidelined with tendinitis in his knee, and he played well.

Watkins has been hampered by an assortment of injuries and limited to playing just eight games last season after having surgery for a broken left foot.

Later on Saturday, the Eagles signed undrafted free agent wide receiver Keevan Lucas, who was a teammate of quarterback Dane Evans at Tulsa, and assigned him Matthews' old number of 81.

On the opening touchdown drive orchestrated by Carson Wentz, three of the passes went to Matthews, all completed. "You look at Brandin Cooks' situation". They thought about it, and even brought in Watkins in for a workout, but they went with offensive tackle Greg Robinson.

Matthews served as the Eagles' primary slot receiver since he was selected in the second round of the 2014 National Football League draft, but lined up there less last season than in years past.

Losing Gaines hurts the Rams.

The Rams traded Gaines, a part-time cornerback starter who slid down the depth chart a bit in the offseason after the free-agent signings of Robey-Coleman and Kayvon Webster.

Only time will tell if this trade is a good one for one or both teams.

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