Los Angeles Rams interested in signing WR Sammy Watkins to extension

Eagles training camp practice notes Defense Ronald Darby shine

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The fourth-year wide receiver and a 2018 sixth-round pick were shipped to L.A. for cornerback E.J. Gaines and a 2018 second rounder. There's a bit of irony to all of this: After the Bills sacrificed picks to draft Watkins in 2014, the team is now adding picks by trading him in 2017. Somebody mentioned that somebody said that out there, and honestly, that's annoying to me.

Jordan Matthews forged a strong connection to Carson Wentz, but now Matthews is gone, leaving the Eagles quarterback looking for targets. The talent is there, and now that he's a No. 1 again, he should see more targets than he was going to get in Philadelphia with Alshon Jeffery in town. Goodwin dealt with injuries throughout his tenure with the Bills, but he finished third in receiving yards last season after career-highs in catches (29) and yards (431).

Watkins showed hints of that potential in Buffalo. Indeed, Matthews is one of only five receivers in National Football League history to catch at least 65 balls and post at least 800 receiving yards in each of his first three seasons - and he did that with a merry-go-round at quarterback in Philly. The addition of Watkins will likely shift the two back into the roles they played with the Bills, with Woods being more of a possession receiver; Woods had 51 receptions for 613 yards and one touchdown previous year.

And in the process, they may have provided Goff with the final piece in a multi-layered support system that reaches all the way from the film room to the left side of his offensive line to a new shiny toy in Watkins 40 yards down the field.

"I think his vertical presence and even just his threat and his name will allow defenses to play us different because you always have to have someone over the top of him", Woods said. And look at the numbers they put up-on average nearly 1,100 receiving yards and 8 TDs.

I think the biggest victor in these deals is quarterback Tyrod Taylor. Secondly, Sean McVay is the new head coach and didn't have a weapon like Watkins on the Redskins last season. Now, we all get the season Jared Goff had as a rookie.

If that's the case - and he looked healthy Thursday catching five passes in the Bills' preseason opener against the Vikings - the Rams may finally have a legit No. 1 wide receiver. The Rams host the Dallas Cowboys on Saturday to begin their exhibition schedule. Baltimore quarterback Joe Flacco will soon return to practice, but he won't play in a game before the Ravens open the regular season September 10 at Cincinnati. I wish Sammy the best. Matthews plays predominantly in the slot and is more likely a replacement for Robert Woods, who was signed this past offseason to the Los Angeles Rams.