Published: Sun, August 13, 2017
Sport | By Billy Aguilar

Where Ezekiel Elliott and Sammy Watkins are moving in the rankings

Where Ezekiel Elliott and Sammy Watkins are moving in the rankings

Upgrading the options for quarterback Jared Goff has been a priority since losing all seven starts in his disastrous rookie season, and trading former starting cornerback E.J. Gaines and a second-round pick in the 2018 draft is the boldest commitment yet to that aim.

Agholor played out of the slot in his final season at USC and parlayed tremendous success (104 receptions, 1,313 yards, and 12 touchdowns) into becoming the Eagles' first-round draft pick.

For the Rams, it's a no-brainer, a risk worth taking. Even the Rams' defensive players are excited.

"It was emotional for sure, somber". "In my eyes, he's a true No. 1". He can do quick routes and he can do long routes. "He knows how to talk to the receivers, the rest of the offense and get everybody pulling in the same direction". "He's, like, just Sammy Watkins". You're all going to see it with your own eyes. Don't worry Buffalo I felt the same thing.

It will be a few days. They hired McVay, one of the game's brightest offensive minds, then splurged on a new left tackle in Andrew Whitworth, signed Woods, used three of their first four draft picks on pass-catchers and traded for Watkins.

Watkins, age 24 and listed at 6-foot-1, 211 pounds, nearly certainly will line up on the outside and be the Rams' primary deep threat.

He wasn't ideal, but he was one of just five players in National Football League history with 65-plus catches and 800-plus receiving yards in each of their first three years.

"A guy who can stretch the field - vertically, with speed and size - we knew that was on the agenda, whether it was this spring, this summer, next free agency, next draft", Snead said.

Watkins' problem has been staying on the field.

When word came out Friday that Jordan Matthews had been traded to the Buffalo Bills, five of his teammates - Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz, tight ends Zach Ertz and Trey Burton, linebacker Jordan Hicks and safety Chris Maragos - quickly arranged for a dinner in the Navy Yard near the team's training complex in South Philly to give him an appropriate sendoff.

After two disappointing seasons, the jury still is out on the 2015 first-round pick. "Hard to pull the trigger on a trade like that and you're giving up that kind of player and person and by the same token, the draft pick is big, too". "Because of the age, you'd want it to be for the future as well".

Agholor isn't the only candidate inside, but he's got more experience working the crevices of the defense from the slot. Pagula fired head coach Rex Ryan in the last week of the 2016 season and waited until the day after this year's draft to send Whaley packing. Watkins' injury plagued campaign has hurt his stock, and that could be an issue that the team has with him.

"Ultimately they're the ones that make those decisions, and what they think is best for the team I'm going to be in support of 100 percent", he said. "We do what we think is in the best interests of the team".

"I'm just thinking about getting my playbook and getting to work".

The Rams traded Gaines, a part-time cornerback starter who slid down the depth chart a bit in the offseason after the free-agent signings of Robey-Coleman and Kayvon Webster.

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