BUFFALO, NY - One year ago Brandon Beane made his first two trades as general manager of the Buffalo Bills and in doing so, had a lot of fans throwing out the "tank" word.
On August 11th 2017, Beane traded former fourth overall pick Sammy Watkins to the Rams and Ronald Darby to the Eagles.
In return, the Bills got E.J. Gaines and Jordan Matthews. Neither of those players are with the Bills now and that's not important today. What is important is the picks they got in return and how they used them.
The Bills got a third round draft pick which they used to select defensive tackle Harrison Phillips. So far, he has showed promise and is standing out in training camp. He's already being compared to Kyle Williams and even got his first NFL sack in Thursday's preseason game.
The other pick was a second round pick in 2018, the one they used to trade up and get their future franchise quarterback, Josh Allen.