“When it’s time for me to shine, I’ll shine”
Wider wide receiver Stefon Diggs deteriorated on the Minnesota Vikings franchise in 2019, and the team traded him to the Buffalo Bills. After pouting and tweeting through a controversial last season in Minneapolis, Diggs is a new man in Buffalo and one of the league’s top wide receivers. His new team-oriented attitude, which is fully on display in 2021, must rub at least some Vikings fans the wrong way.
Stefon Diggs left the Minnesota Vikings on bad terms
Stefon Diggs was not a highly regarded NFL prospect. The 6-foot, 191-pound wide receiver was a Maryland fifth-round pick by the Minnesota Vikings. From that inauspicious start, however, he worked to become one of the NFL’s top wide receivers.
During his five seasons at Minnesota, Diggs caught 365 balls for 4,623 yards and scored 30 touchdowns.
He even scored the most memorable touchdown in Viking history on Jan. 14, 2018. Down 24-23 against the New Orleans Saints with 10 seconds left in the 2017 divisional round of the playoffs, Diggs caught a pass from quarterback Case Keenum and, when the Safety of the Saints inhaled the tackle, traveled more than 30 yards into the end zone when the time expired. The piece is now known as the “Minneapolis Miracle”.
The end of Diggs’ stay in the Twin Cities was anything but miraculous, however.
After averaging 10 targets per game in 2018, he got 23 overall in the first five games of 2019. The team’s commitment to Dalvin Cook and the running game combined with the connection of QB Kirk Cousins With the WR Adam Thielen made Diggs the strange man.
The talented wideout didn’t handle it well. He took to social media to post cryptic messages about the team and even skipped meetings and practices after an early-season loss to the Chicago Bears. The team fined him $ 200,000 for this transgression, per ESPN.
Diggs still finished the season with a record 1,130 receiving yards at the time. But the damage has apparently been done from both sides’ point of view.
Ahead of the 2020 NFL Draft, the Vikings traded Diggs (and a seventh-round pick in 2020) to the Buffalo Bills for first, fifth and sixth round picks in 2020 and a fourth-round pick in 2021, per NFL.com.
Diggs says it’s all about the team with the Buffalo Bills
The Vikings took LSU wide receiver Justin Jefferson with the pick they got from the Bills. Jefferson caught 88 balls for 1,400 yards and seven touchdowns. He made the Pro Bowl as a rookie, but the team only managed a 7-9 record.
Meanwhile, Stefon Diggs shone in Buffalo. He developed a special relationship with QB Josh Allen, and the duo helped lead the franchise to a 13-3 record, the organization’s first AFC East crown since 1995 and the AFC Championship game.
In 2021, after a Week 1 hiccup against the Pittsburgh Steelers, the Bills are off to another strong start. However, the teams kidnap Diggs. The defenses limited the star to just 191 yards in three games.
Vikings fans might be expecting a classic Diggs upscale. The receiver says he couldn’t be happier, however, and he’s proud of his teammates’ success while less involved in the offense:
Being in my shoes, I’m a grinder, so, you know, not everything will be perfect. Not everything will turn out the way you want it to, and success as an offense is far more important than individual success. And I really mean it. … When it’s my time to shine, I’ll shine, but I’m in no rush.
Stefon Diggs on his role in the Bills offense
Diggs also said he knew the teams were planning to stop him. Regardless, he is proud of his teammates like Gabriel Davis, Emmanuel Sanders, Cole Beasley and Dawson Knox for getting the job done when defenses hit him.
It’s a complete 180 of his Minnesota demeanor, and Vikings fans must pull their hair out as they listen to Diggs’ new calm, cool, and team-oriented demeanor.
At 1-2, his old team could also use a playmaker like Diggs these days.
Star wideout thrives in Buffalo
Much has changed for Diggs with his move to Buffalo. First, he had the best season of his career after the exchange. In 2020, Diggs led the NFL in receptions (127) and yards (1,535) while scoring eight touchdowns.
He also bonded with his emerging superstar QB which he never seemed to have with Cousins in Minneapolis. All reports have indicated that the two players have become very close and, as the Buffalo Bills’ success increases throughout the season, the two have given several gushing post-game interviews about how much they enjoy playing together.
The passer and the receiver are so close these days, they even appeared on the cover of IF Children with the title “The BFF Issue”.
A new house curing a talented pass-catcher of their “Diva Wide Receptor Syndrome” is nothing new in the NFL. It happened when Randy Moss left Oakland for the New England Patriots, when Keyshawn Johnson left Tampa Bay for the Dallas Cowboys, and when Terrell Owens left – OK, that never happened with Owens, but you understand. .
Stefon Diggs is a new man in Buffalo. It’s music to the ears of the Bills Mafia, but it’s got to return to Vikings Land.
As much as Diggs will always be fondly remembered in frosty Minnesota for the Minneapolis Miracle, his conversion to the team’s first altar boy in an equally icy Buffalo is something that will forever be stuck in the throats of Viking fans.
All statistics are courtesy of Professional football benchmark
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