After trading wide receiver Sammy Watkins to the Los Angeles Rams, the Buffalo Bills made a second move on Friday to address their WR void, dealing cornerback Ronald Darby to the Philadelphia Eagles and getting wide receiver Jordan Matthews and the Eagles’ third-round pick in the 2018 NFL Draft in return.
We've acquired WR Jordan Matthews and a 2018 3rd round pick from the Eagles for CB Ronald Darby. pic.twitter.com/OQA1PfRET0
— Buffalo Bills (@buffalobills) August 11, 2017
The 6-foot-3 Matthews, who was selected by the Eagles with the 42nd overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft, is coming off of a season in which he racked up 73 receptions for 804 yards and three touchdowns. While the reception total is close to his career average of 75 receptions per season, the yardage and touchdown numbers produced in 2016 were the worst of Matthews’ career to date.
Matthews caught eight touchdown passes in each of his first two NFL seasons, and in 2015 he fell three yards short of the 1,000-yard mark. It should be noted that Matthews missed two games due to injury last season, and he was also working with a rookie quarterback in second overall pick Carson Wentz. Matthews joins an offense that struggled through the air in 2016, as the Bills ranked 30th in passing offense and 27th in passing touchdowns (17).
As for Darby, the Eagles receive a cornerback who accounted for 69 combined tackles and 12 passes defensed in 2016. Darby, selected with the 50th overall pick in the 2015 NFL Draft, has started all 29 games that he’s played in so far in his career. Darby has two career interceptions, with both coming in his rookie season (2015). Unlike Matthews, who will be a free agent at the end of the 2017 season, Darby’s rookie contract runs through the 2018 campaign.