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Bills links, 8/12: blockbuster trades draw national attention

Plenty of analysis from a busy day at One Bills Drive

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The Sammy Watkins and Ronald Darby trades are making waves around the NFL. Jordan Matthews and E.J. Gaines are coming to the Bills along with a couple draft picks. Here is our news roundup.

Blockbusters: Bills trade Sammy Watkins, Ronald Darby - The Buffalo News
The Buffalo Bills new leadership team of GM Brandon Beane and coach Sean McDermott made a pair of massive trades in an effort to rebuild their roster.

Winners, losers from Buffalo Bills, Los Angeles Rams, Philadelphia Eagles mega-trades for Sammy Watkins, Jordan Matthews, Ronald Darby - ESPN
Sammy Watkins is headed to L.A., and now Jared Goff has a No. 1 wide receiver. But it might be good for Goff and bad for Watkins.

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Yesterday's interviews with McDermott, Beane, Taylor, Wood, and Williams can all be found here.

LeSean McCoy can relate to Sammy Watkins getting traded for 'a guy that he's probably better than' - The Buffalo News
LeSean McCoy knows what Sammy Watkins is going through.

Mark Gaughan: Long-term good for Bills is still hard to swallow - The Buffalo News
Mark provides a good look at how yesterday's moves can be conflicting for fans.

Bills positioned as top player for QB in 2018 draft after trades -
The Buffalo Bills' Friday trades have given them plenty of leverage for the 2018 draft, which could offer some rare talents at the QB position.

Jerry Sullivan: Make no mistake, Watkins trade is a nod to the future - The Buffalo News
Jerry Sullivan with a good analysis of the remarks from McDermott and Beane yesterday.

Winners and losers of Bills' trades with Rams, Eagles -
Gregg Rosenthal breaks down the winners and losers of the Buffalo Bills' trades with the Los Angeles Rams and Philadelphia Eagles.

What we learned at Bills Camp: Day 12 - The Buffalo News
Oh, yeah. The Buffalo Bills practiced Friday, too.

What They Said: Sean McDermott, Brandon Beane, LeSean McCoy and more after trading Watkins, Darby - The Buffalo News
Transcript from yesterday's press conference and interviews.

Locked On Bills | Watkins and Darby Trade - YouTube
Erik Turner, Nate Geary and Kevin Massare discuss the big news at One Bills Drive. The Bills traded away their #1 WR and #1 CB. So where does that leave us???

Recapping a busy Friday at One Bills Drive | Cover 1
The team at Cover 1 provides a recap on all of Friday's activity.

What Tyrod Taylor, LeSean McCoy and other Buffalo Bills said about Sammy Watkins trade |
The trade came as a shock to the Bills' locker room.

How many draft picks do the Buffalo Bills have in the 2018 NFL draft? |
Buffalo added two day two picks on Friday in blockbuster trades.

Watkins deal stuns the masses, but it's clear now, the Buffalo Bills are all in on the future - Buffalo, NY
The Buffalo Bills stunned the masses with two huge trades that altered the course of their franchise.

Bills' Beane said both trades came together Thursday night | WGR 550 SportsRadio
Bills GM Brandon Beane said it was a tough decision to trade away Sammy Watkins to the Rams and Ron Darby to the Eagles.

Bills' Beane said both trades came together Thursday night | WGR 550 SportsRadio
Bills GM Brandon Beane said it was a tough decision to trade away Sammy Watkins to the Rams and Ron Darby to the Eagles.

You Said It - 8/11 | WGR 550 SportsRadio
WGR 550 provides some fun takes from fans.

McDermott: "Getting the players we were able to get back is important." | WGR 550 SportsRadio
Following Brandon Beane, Sean McDermott met with the media after the trades of Sammy Watkins and Ronald Darby. Here are some of the best quotes from his press conference.

Buffalo Bills' LeSean McCoy once felt Jordan Matthews was best WR in 2014 draft |
LeSean McCoy was confident in Matthews during their season together.

Brandon Beane annoyed by those who think Buffalo Bills are 'throwing in the towel' |
Beane and McDermott still plan to compete in 2017.

Buffalo Bills set up Tyrod Taylor to fail, blow up season with trades - Buffalo Bills Blog- ESPN
In trading Sammy Watkins, the Bills did little to justify Tyrod Taylor's faith. Friday's trades look to be about acquiring draft picks and rebuilding.