What a day for Bills fans

March 17, 2020 - 4:24 pm

Quite a week huh? First and foremost please exercise caution and follow the suggestions/recommendations in an effort to reduce the spread of Coronavirus. It is an adjustment for sure but it is one all of us need to make to keep family members, friends, co-workers and the general population safe.

If you didn't think it going into the off season, the Diggs move proves the Bills are going all in on getting their first AFC East division title since 1995. That would have been the case whether Tom Brady opted to leave New England or not. The news about Brady, coming on the heels of the Diggs story made this the happiest off season day for the Bills since the Super Bowl years. I can't wait for the start of the season. Hopefully it starts on time.

If you think the Bills gave up too much to get Diggs, don't worry about it. Don't compare it to what Arizona gave up to get DeAndre Hopkins because that was laughable. The Houston Texans should never let Bill O'Brien make another trade. Not having the first round pick might hurt if the Bills were going to take an edge rusher at that spot since the depth at that position isn't as strong as receiver. But if you wanted the Bills to use that first rounder on a receiver, you would have been hoping that player could eventually turn into the type of receiver Diggs is right now.

Diggs also comes with a terrific contract although I'm guessing at some point he will want to re-negotiate. Diggs has four years left on a deal that pays him an average of $14 million a year which, based on his production and some of the receiver salaries that will be handed out this off season, is extremely good value.

Diggs' presence will make life better for Allen and make life easier for John Brown whose numbers dropped over the course of last season when he became the main focus of the opponents pass defense. Diggs, Brown, Cole Beasley, Dawson Knox and Devin Singletary should be one of the top quintets in the league this season.

According to Pro Football Focus, Diggs has the best contested catch rate(61%) in the league since 2017. PFF also says Diggs was the best deep ball guy in the league last season. In targets of 20+ air yards, the 26 year old Diggs led the NFL in both catch rate(57%) and yards per target(24). He was tied for first in touchdowns with five. Hopefully Diggs will be the guy that unlocks Josh Allen's deep passing game because it was awful last season.

Diggs is the piece they were missing. A receiver who can beat guys one on one but can also make contested catches. A guy you can count on even though he might be(and will be) double teamed. A speed guy, a deep threat, a receiver who can be moved around, who can run the full route tree and who has football smarts. Diggs covers it all. Diggs averaged 73 catches for 924 yards and six touchdown passes over five years as a Viking where his quarterbacks were Sam Bradford, Case Keenum and Kirk Cousins.

One year ago the Bills brain trust knew it had to overhaul the offense and did just that except for Josh Allen and Dion Dawkins. While the offense was better than it was in 2018 it still wasn't anywhere near what it needs to be to go where the franchise hasn't gone in more than 25 years. Beane has talked about the need to score more points and he's 100% correct. The Bills lacked an explosive, game breaking, difference maker on offense...until Monday night when they finalized the deal with Minnesota.

First off, congratulations to Bills general manager Brandon Beane and head coach Sean McDermott, aka McBeane. After taking their first year on the job to see exactly what they had and how much they needed, the pair have executed a plan of identifying their needs, targeting the players and going out and getting them. With the planned acquisition of wide receiver Stefon Diggs from the Minnesota Vikings, McBeane just crossed off the number one item on their off season to do list.

Given everything that is going on across the globe as a result of the pandemic, I was surprised the NFL didn't postpone the start of the league year but thank goodness they didn't. Without any games we are starved for sports news and coverage of the legal tampering period was just what I needed to pick up my spirits. I was living on twitter and locked in to NFL Network and ESPN on Monday. I just didn't stay up late enough for the HUGE Bills news.

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