Ronald Darby traded to Eagles

Rufina Vignone
Agosto 13, 2017

The Eagles endured their longest workout of training camp at 2 hours, 40 minutes and featured plenty of hitting.

The Bills almost simultaneously traded cornerback Ronald Darby to the Philadelphia Eagles for receiver Jordan Matthews and a 3rd-round pick. Matthews is also entering the final season of his contract, so the Eagles also faced the possibility of losing him in free agency. We understand the business side of this game. Our role as an independent, fact-based news organization has never been clearer.

Matthews went from being in a tight competition to earn a spot in the slot (against Nelson Agholor) to being, perhaps, the No. 1 guy in Buffalo in a manner of minutes. "He has a brother for life in me, and he knows that".

In 14 games, Matthews caught 73 balls for 804 yards and 3 touchdowns in 2016. He'd been Philadelphia's top wide receiver for the past two seasons. However, the deals could weaken Buffalo's chances of improving on their 7-9 record from last season.

"We're seeing those guys on the field", said Roseman. People ask about different players all the time; you never know what's serious or just bait. Seeing him (Friday), it was tough on him, too.

That trade was made under the previous front office.

The third-round pick going to Buffalo with Matthews isn't insignificant, but the Eagles pretty much had to add a decent corner, partly because last year they traded Eric Rowe to New England, a year after drafting Rowe in the second round - three slots ahead of where Buffalo took Darby.

"Definitely surprised", said quarterback Tyrod Taylor. At the end of the day, the organization's success comes first.

"It felt great. Just to be getting hit". Watkins should see ample targets and opportunities to make plays.

He will be paired at cornerback with some combination of Jalen Mills, Patrick Robinson, rookie Rasul Douglas and Brooks, once he recovers from a strained hamstring.

"[There's] obviously a difference", McCoy said.

Philadelphia made several additions to its passing game this offseason, signing free agents Alshon Jeffery and Torrey Smith. The team took the field without Jordan Matthews, one of the most respected players in the locker room. "My only worry now is with myself".

Matthew seemed miscast as a WR1 a year ago in Philadelphia, but he was also working with an inconsistent rookie QB. At the same time, McDermott understands the angst fans are feeling as they watch two key players leave the team. 4for4 projects Matthews for under five TDs, which results in him being best served as a fantasy WR4/5 on your bench. I told you, I honestly believe he's a Hall of Famer, he still can play in this league.

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