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3 takeaways from Friday’s trades

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By Brandon J. Koch

In the Doug McDermott/ Brandon Beane era, you can never put down your phone. With this regime, anything can happen and that’s what I learned Friday afternoon. Here are some of my takeaways from Friday’s deals.

  1. Sammy doesn’t leave for nothing:

The Bills declined Watkins 5th year option back in the spring, and instead of letting the season go by and letting him walk for nothing, they got something back instead. The Bills weren’t shopping Watkins, according to GM Beane, but taking the smart approach is nice to see at One Bills Drive.

2. Coaching staff believes in Tre’davious White:

I don’t believe the Bills would have traded Ronald Darby if not for the confidence they have in 1st round pick Tre’davious White. A four year starter out of LSU, White had started to take over the #1 cornerback role in late July. The Bills are also pretty deep at cornerback.

3. Assets, assets, assets:

The Bills aren’t tanking, they’re trying to win now and build for the future. If they were tanking, they wouldn’t have gotten wide receiver Jordan Matthews, a highly productive one at that. Also a starting caliber corner in E.J. Gaines. But for me, the most important assets in these trades, were the draft picks. The Bills now have 2 firsts, 2 seconds, and 2 third round picks in the 2018 draft. They have a bunch of ammo to climb up and draft that quarterback.

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