LA Rams acquire wideout Sammy Watkins

August 11, 2017

The disastrous offensive unit the Los Angeles Rams put on the field last year received a major boost this week, as the team acquired talented 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 immediately provides the Rams with a deep threat who can stretch the field and make big plays.  The only question will be whether he can remain healthy, as Watkins does come with a fairly significant injury history.

Watkins was the fourth overall selection by the Bills in the 2014 Draft after starring collegiately at Clemson.  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.

With a revamped offensive line, a new head coach, and an upgraded receiving corps, second-year Rams quarterback Jared Goff has now been put in a much better position to succeed and live up to his promise as last season's number one overall draft pick.

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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