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Rams Acquire WR Sammy Watkins in Trade With Bills

Posted Aug 11, 2017

The Rams receive Watkins along with a 2018 sixth-round pick in exchange for E.J. Gaines and a 2018 second-round selection.

The Los Angeles Rams have acquired wide receiver Sammy Watkins from the Buffalo Bills along with a 2018 sixth-round pick in exchange for E.J. Gaines and a 2018 second-round selection.

Watkins was the fourth overall selection by the Bills in the 2014 Draft after starring collegiately at Clemson. He had spent his first three NFL seasons with the Bills. In 2016, he totaled 28 catches for 430 yards and two touchdowns in eight games played while missing half of the season because of a foot injury.

For his career Watkins has totaled 153 catches, 2,459 receiving yards and 17 scores in 37 games. He had career highs of 1,047 receiving yards, nine TDs, 80.5 yards-per-game and 17.5 yards-per-catch in 2015 while appearing in 13 contests that year.

Watkins rejoins former teammate Robert Woods in the Rams’ wide receiver corps. Woods signed with the Rams as a free agent in the the offseason after playing his first four seasons with the Bills.

Gaines is entering his fourth NFL season after being drafted by the Rams in the sixth round of the 2014 NFL Draft out of Missouri. Gaines, who appeared in 11 games in 2016, was slated to back up starting cornerback Kayvon Webster on the team’s unofficial depth chart this season.

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