Bills stars keep faith after team's big trades

From ESPN - August 11, 2017

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. -- Buffalo Bills coach Sean McDermott on Friday called for his players to put their trust in him and team management after Buffalo traded two of its top young talents, wide receiver Sammy Watkins and cornerback Ronald Darby, in separate deals.

"We are going in a direction," McDermott said. "We have got to continue to move forward. That's what you do in this business. You put one step in front of the other and you move on. I asked them to continue to trust me and our decisions, in terms of what we are doing, and we need to be focused on what's in front of us."

General manager Brandon Beane said Friday he had been receiving trade calls about Watkins since Beane was hired in May, days after the Bills declined Watkins' fifth-year contract option for 2018. Beane presented the Los Angeles Rams' proposal -- a 2018 second-round pick and cornerback E.J. Gaines in exchange for Watkins and a 2018 sixth-round pick -- to McDermott and owner Terry Pegula after the Bills' preseason loss Thursday night to the Minnesota Vikings.

"I am always going to listen," McDermott said of the trade proposal. "Brandon's job, and his staff's, is they go out and find players. And it's our job to develop the players. So as a football coach, it's my job as Brandon approaches me with a potential situation, to listen. I am protective of our players. I am very protective of our players, and it's got to be the right deal, the right situation for us to do something like this.

"I feel like we are moving in the right direction, I honestly believe that. And I would end by saying this: I have the ultimate trust in Brandon and his staff."

Quarterback Tyrod Taylor, who loses his top receiver in Watkins, and running back LeSean McCoy both echoed McDermott's trust in Beane in making the right deal.

"The good thing about that is it's past my pay grade," McCoy said. "Those guys make the decisions for our team. As players and coaches, they coach and we play. That's how it works."

McCoy, who was traded from the Philadelphia Eagles in 2015 for linebacker Kiko Alonso, said he can relate to Watkins in that Watkins was dealt for "a guy he's probably better than" in wide receiver Jordan Matthews. The Bills acquired Matthews on Friday along with Philadelphia's 2018 third-round pick for Darby.


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