The Buffalo Bills radically reshaped their roster Friday afternoon with a pair of massive trades.
The 5-11, 193-pound Darby was a second-round draft pick of the Bills in 2015.
And while the Sammy Watkins news will generate the biggest headlines, sending the team's former first-round pick to the Rams, the other deal sends ripples into the wide receiver depth chart as well. The Bills previously acquired the Kansas City Chiefs' first-round pick in trading down during the 2017 draft to select cornerback Tre'Davious White at No. 27. He was the No. 4 selection in the 2014 draft and has caught 17 touchdowns and 153 passes for 2,459 yards in his three seasons. He intercepted two passes as a rookie with the Bills and started 14 games in 2016, logging 69 tackles and deflecting 12 passes.
The departure of Watkins strips quarterback Tyrod Taylor of his top passing target this season. In exchange for Watkins and Darby, they did acquire needed position players but also two future draft picks.
Darby was a five-star recruit out of Potomac High School in Oxon Hill, Maryland, considered the best player in the state of Maryland and by some services as the top cornerback prospect. According to the Eagles, he was one of only five receivers in the league with at least 65 receptions and 800 receiving yards in each of his first three seasons.
We've heard rumblings about Matthews being traded all offseason, but I don't think anyone expected the Bills to be the team to jump on him, especially when they signed Anquan Boldin just last week.
As for what the Eagles are getting in Darby, Roseman said: "He has rare speed". "This isn't one where you're celebrating and doing a dance because you're giving up a good player and a good pick". Matthews is a talented young player with loads of potential.