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The Bills' Watkins replacement, Matthews has been on the field for all but two games in his three-year career with the Eagles, after he was drafted in the second round of the 2014 draft.

The Eagles sent Wentz's favorite target and "best friend" Jordan Matthews and a third-round pick to the Bills for cornerback Ronald Darby. You're either happy or disappointed in the way you performed, didn't win the game and then you lose somebody in the locker room like Jordan Matthews and then you get a two-hour, 40-minute practice in full pads, live.

Matthews is coach Sean McDermott's and GM Brandon Beane's type of man: a self-made overachiever. There's also little doubt that Darby, a second-round pick in 2015 and a two-year starter with Buffalo, can help ease Philadelphia's long-standing woes at cornerback.

"I don't know. The good thing about that is it's past my pay grade", Shady said of Buffalo's organizational approach.

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"He's got rare speed", Roseman said. "He's had a big role in a lot of guys' lives".

They're going to move me around. "You can never have enough of those guys". But trading away Matthews does put a focus on the rest of the wide receivers on this roster. Bills starter Tyrod Taylor's future is uncertain beyond this season. And it'll give second-year quarterback Jared Goff the tools he needs to succeed after a tumultuous rookie season.

The Eagles now have a nucleus of corners who are 23 or younger: Mills, Jones, Douglas and Darby. They inquired about free agent relic Darrelle Revis and asked the Seahawks what it would take to get Richard Sherman.

Rowe's rookie season saw him finish with 31 tackles, one interception and five passes defended in 16 games. Journeyman veteran Patrick Robinson has starting experience but no confidence.

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Because of the cost - a capable receiver and a third-round pick - Darby automatically becomes the centerpiece of this group.

He joins a revamped group of receivers on a Rams offense that has ranked last in the National Football League in each of the past two seasons. Roseman had determined something needed to be done in the secondary, but the need didn't make it easier for Roseman to part ways with Matthews. That may not please Eagles fans who are used to the Agholor who on fourth-and-one running the jet sweep, loses one yard.

In 2014, the Rams could have drafted receiver Sammy Watkins at No. 2. He's averaged 75 catches in his first three seasons in the league with an average of six touchdowns per season.

"The slot position, we move so many guys around in that position that it's [based] kind of by the design of the offense, by the scheme of the offense, " Pederson said. Historically productive in Eagles history. "To be able to play with him is going to be awesome because I already know what kind of person he is".

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Things could certainly change if Jeffery comes in, stays healthy through the season and performs like a No. 1 receiver as he did in Chicago and Smith proves to be the ideal compliment. Mack Hollins and Shelton Gibson were selected on the third day of the draft last spring. But there is no question that Matthews' departure was weighing on the minds of many as well. "Jordan was said leaving his boys".

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