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'You're losing a brother': Philadelphia Eagles react to Jordan Matthews' departure

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"We spent a lot of time going over this because this is obviously a big trade for our football team", he said. "We lost a brother".

In short, the Eagles said goodbye to a player who wasn't part of their future and brought in a proven starter at their weakest position.

"He can do it all", said cornerback Nickell Robey-Coleman, Watkins' teammate for three years in Buffalo. But there is no question that Matthews' departure was weighing on the minds of many as well.

Quarterback Carson Wentz likely was hit hardest by this decision. We can sit and have poor attitudes and all that, but at the same time we're happy for both parties, and we're moving forward. "Seeing him yesterday, it was tough on him too". "It's kind of out of the blue". Not only did he lose his favorite wide receiver, but one of his best friends. The thought was that the window for a potential trade had passed.

Matthews has been a proven, productive slot receiver for three years, but he's not dynamic, not explosive and entered the final year of his four-year rookie deal.

The difference between the fantasy football complaint of 2011 and today is that there was no similar outrage expressed by any of the players about a squad that, for better or worse, will have a new look and feel with Matthews suddenly out of the picture.

The Buffalo Bills have acquired wide receiver Jordan Matthews from the Philadelphia Eagles, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. "If we were throwing in the towel, I wouldn't be trying to get that starting receiver back". "And you're like, 'OK, what the heck do I do?'"

Buffalo Bills wide receiver Sammy Watkins runs a drill during an NFL football training camp in Pittsford, N.Y., Thursday, July 27, 2017. I haven't done it as much in the league, but I did it in college pretty much every play. Now, they have a dedicated receiver in Matthews that can help a young QB like Tyrod Taylor's numbers improve throughout the year. So for me, even in my daily preparation, I now have got to find a new Jordan Matthews. But they chose Greg Robinson, a freakishly athletic left tackle who never quite figured it out. "To be able to play with him is going to be awesome because I already know what kind of person he is".

"When you attack a team with your pass game, you'd like to use the width of the field and the length of the field, and that's what speed can do", said Snead, who also received a sixth-round pick in next year's draft from the Bills.

After driving Matthews to the airport on Friday, reality hit. In announcing the suspension under the NFL's personal conduct policy, the league said its investigation was based on photographs, text messages and other electronic evidence.

"You see in McVay's offense how he is always spreading the ball around, multiple receivers with 1,000 yards, and I think that's the same thing that helps us". So they went about changing that this calendar year. He knows how to lead a locker room. Ultimately, they chose to roll the dice in the name of adding balance to the roster. We understand the business side of this game.

"For sure, yeah." said Burton, when asked if this was something that would take a while to bounce back from.

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