The Bills landed Panthers' No. 1 receiver Kelvin Benjamin minutes before Tuesday's 4 p.m. trade deadline. The move showed that the front office is serious about winning now, Jerry Sullivan wrote.
ESPN agreed, calling it "a go-for-it move." They listed Tyrod Taylor and the Bills among the NFL's winners from the trade deadline.
Here's the reasoning from ESPN writer Dan Graziano:
They acquire Kelvin Benjamin from the Panthers, giving Taylor a true No. 1 wide receiver and rewarding their roster for its 5-2 start with a move that’s sure to energize a group of players used to seeing veterans heading out the door. Buffalo running backs have more catches (47) this season than their wide receivers do (45), and Bills wideouts rank last in the league in both catches and yards. They traded Sammy Watkins in the preseason and needed a top wideout. Taylor and the run game have been good, but this elevates the potential of the passing game as the Bills try to run down the Patriots and end a 17-year playoff drought.
ESPN's other winners included Patriots QB Tom Brady (whose backup, Jimmy Garoppolo, was traded) and 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan (who gets to work with Garoppolo), Seahawks QB Russell Wilson (who got some offensive line help), and running back Jay Ajayi, who got traded from the definitely-not-as-good-as-their-4-3-record Dolphins to the 7-1 Eagles.
Panthers QB Cam Newton, who lost Benjamin, was listed among the losers at the deadline.