Stefon Diggs doesn’t want an important No. 2 to ensure that Buffalo’s offense to shine. Even with John Brown sidelined for nearly half of the 2020 season, Diggs was nonetheless in a position to get away in his first yr with Buffalo — main the league with 127 receptions and 1530 yards and setting new profession highs in catch fee (76.5%) and receptions per sport (7.9) as effectively. Now, Brown is formally gone in Buffalo, and nothing ought to change.
After a season and a half of the best football of his career, Brown was released by the Bills, opening up $8 million in cap area. In Brown’s stead comes Emmanuel Sanders. Whereas Sanders has proven that he can nonetheless be a beneficial instrument within the passing sport and mentor for young receivers, he isn’t going to have the ability to substitute Brown. A number of stories point out that the Payments have plenty of religion of their younger receiver Davis, and that the 33-year-old Sanders — regardless of signing a $6 million contract within the offseason — might even take a backseat to Davis through the season.
That’s all good and effectively, however what if Davis doesn’t pan out just like the Payments are hoping? Sanders can absolutely step in, however he gained’t be a critical outdoors risk that takes consideration away from Diggs. There’s all the time Cole Beasley (82 catches, 967 yards), however a slot receiver with one nice yr underneath his belt after eight common seasons must show a bit of extra earlier than I, together with many different soccer followers, are bought on him. To not point out the truth that he might miss video games this season with COVID issues ought to he stay unvaccinated. The uncertainty round Buffalo’s No. 2, 3, and 4 receivers has led many members of the Payments Mafia to query whether or not or not the crew ought to exit and add one other sturdy receiving risk — somebody even higher than John Brown.
Zach Ertz is a reputation that’s been tossed round just a few instances.
Previous to signing with the Baltimore Ravens, Sammy Watkins was rumored (though Watkins did say it was unlikely) to return to Buffalo. Whereas Odell Beckham Jr. rumors by no means severely swirled within the Buffalo scorching range, there have been a number of writers and analysts who believed OBJ can be a great match alongside Diggs and Allen. However would including a big-name wideout actually assist the Payments? Most likely not. The truth is, it’d really harm the crew in the long term.
Diggs has gone on report stating that he wishes plenty of consideration in his crew’s passing assault. The truth that Minnesota was too committed to running the football performed an enormous position within the star receiver’s commerce request. If Diggs has to finish up sharing the limelight with one other sturdy receiving possibility, these frustrations Diggs had in Minnesota might begin popping up as soon as once more ought to the Payments begin dropping just a few video games in a row.
Diggs is undoubtedly an exceptional expertise, however his meteoric rise in manufacturing his first yr in Buffalo can largely be attributed to Josh Allen. With Josh Allen underneath middle, the Buffalo Payments have seen three totally different receivers produce career-best seasons: Brown, Beasley, and Diggs. The place Buffalo was as soon as a spot receivers went to die, it now appears to be the place receivers go to thrive. A receiver like Odell Beckham Jr. might be extraordinarily helpful and see an enormous profession resurgence in Sean McDermott’s system, however that may additionally imply Diggs would see much less targets — one thing he’s expressed frustration about previously.
Diggs has proven the potential to be the very best receiver within the sport in Buffalo. Whereas grabbing one other big risk to pair reverse him appears like an unbelievable plan, it’d really hinder Diggs’ impression. That won’t sound like something to fret about but when the Payments underperform in 2022 (which is semi-likely provided that they’ve two video games towards the much-improved Dolphins, in addition to matchups with Pittsburgh, Tennessee, Kansas Metropolis, New Orleans, and Tampa Bay), Diggs’ outdated frustrations might begin to bubble up once more, and will trigger friction within the Buffalo locker room.
I like Diggs, however he’s meant to be highlighted. His ability set is finest suited to an offense the place he’s the undisputed prime possibility. Maybe Zimmer simply vastly under-utilized his star receiver in Minnesota. That’s positively an enormous risk. So long as Buffalo doesn’t comply with in Zimmer’s identical footsteps, they need to be high-quality. The crew’s offense is nice as is. Don’t go looking for somebody to share the limelight along with your prime man.