The old adage "it's better to be lucky than good' often holds true, but what if you are neither lucky nor good? That seems to be the case for the Buffalo Bills, who made a couple of trades last week only to see both of their new players fall to injury within a matter of days.
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The Bills made a pair of connected moves on Friday, first sending wide receiver Sammy Watson and a 2018 sixth-round pick to the L.A. Rams for cornerback E.J. Gaines and a second-round pick in 2018.
Then they dealt cornerback Ronald Darby to the Eagles in exchange for wide receiver Jordan Matthews and a 2018 third round selection. Here's how it all looked at the end of the day:
Rams 2018 2nd
Eagles 2018 3rd
BIills 2018 6th
— Benjamin Allbright (@AllbrightNFL) August 11, 2017
Seems like a pretty solid day's work for the Bills, right? They unload a receiver who the previous regime spent a ton of draft capital on but who has struggled to stay on the field, replacing him with a receiver who has had better injury history (wait for it) but might not be as much of a weapon.
On defense, they downgraded at corner, but the real goal of this was those two extra picks — the Bills now have two picks in each of the first three rounds in 2018.
But then BOTH of their newest players quickly went down with injuries. First, Matthews suffered a chest injury in his first practice on Sunday. It was announced Monday that he has a chip fracture in his sternum. Then Gaines went down in Monday's practice, although he did return to the field.
Not 1 but 2 injuries to @Buffalobills. Jordan Matthews hurt Sunday in his 1st practice. EJ Gaines injured today but returned to practice.
— WBEN NewsRadio 930AM (@NewsRadio930) August 14, 2017
The Buffalo Bills haven't made the playoffs since 1999 and haven't won a playoff game sice 1993. The team is 0-4 in four straight Super Bowl appearances.
The Bills are a terrible combination of bad and unlucky.