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The Bills Have Drama On Their Hands
Stefon Diggs leaves the facility, Josh Allen On Communication Issues, Bills HC Sean McDermott "Very Concerned"
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Here’s the lowdown on the drama going down in Buffalo.
Yesterday Bills coach Sean McDermott stated in a press conference that he was “very concerned” that Stefon Diggs did not show up to mandatory minicamp practice.
Shortly after NFL reporter Adam Schefter shared an update from Digg’s agent that read,
“Stefon Diggs’ agent, Adisa Bakari, said his client is in Buffalo, has been in Buffalo since yesterday morning, took his physical, met with the head coach and GM the past two days and the Pro-Bowl WR “will be there for the entirety of the minicamp.”
It looks like Diggs was at the facility and then said, Astalavista! Why did he leave?
Right now there’s no clear answer. All we can do is speculate.
Later Bills QB Josh Allen shared his thoughts on the puzzling situation.
"I know internally we're working on some things. Not football-related, but Stef, he's my guy. Excuse my ... I ******* love him. He's a brother of mine. This does not work, what we're doing here, without him.”
"I mean I think it has more to do than just football, is what I'm basically saying. I think there's the football piece, one, and then stuff that happens due to football. And I'll just kind of keep it at that."
“There are some things that could’ve gone better last year. I think as an organization maybe we’re not communicating the right way.”
It sounds like the typical front office/head coach star player miscommunication saga.
Last April the Bills signed Diggs to a 4 year $96 million extension after two highly productive years in 2020 and 2021 with Josh Allen. 2023 was more of the same. He finished the year with 108 receptions, 1,429 receiving yards, and 11 touchdowns.
So what exactly is the problem?
My guess is that Stefon Diggs’ is upset with the Bills not looking his way as frequently in the later part of the season.
Here’s a look at his stats comparing the first 9 games of the 2022 regular season to the final 7 games:
First 9 games: 8 rec/game, 109.4 rec yds/game, .77 tds/game
Final 7 games: 5.1 rec/game, 63.4 yds/game, .57 tds/game
For whatever reason Digg’s production dipped. His frustration was evident on the sidelines in the playoff loss to the Bengals where he only had 4 catches for 34 yards. Now just one year after signing an extension, the Bills have a problem on their hands.
Diggs sounded off on instagram last night,
“I just be letting people cap. If them lies help you sleep better tell em big dawg.”
“My phone been silent for like 6 years. Ion play all them sounds and sh**.”
Good luck getting any more clarity from those comments. He’s clearly frustrated with somebody's lies. Who’s lies? I have no clue. The front office? Fans? The media? Who knows.
A similar thing happened when Diggs was in Minnesota. A year after signing a 5 year $72 million extension with the Vikings he got frustrated with how the offense was being run, skipped practices, and eventually got traded to Buffalo.
Oftentimes, history repeats itself. The question now is whether or not the Bills will resolve whatever issue is going on between Diggs and the Bills.
Diggs couldn’t be in a better situation. He’s playing with one of the best young quarterbacks in the NFL in Josh Allen.
My guess is a resolution comes relatively soon. They’ll smooth things over. But people probably thought he’d resolve his issues with the Vikings and return, and we all know how that turned out.
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Random Stat Of The Day
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Random Question Of The Day
“What would you do on a free afternoon in the middle of the week?”
It depends on the kind of mood I’m in. I really enjoy reading. I may read a good book.
One book I’m reading right now is called “On Writing Well” by William Zinsser. It was written back in 1976. I started reading this book over the weekend and I’m really enjoying it.
Back in highschool writing was not something I looked forward to. Looking back it was because I wasn’t particularly interested in the things I was writing about. Now that I’m writing about sports, I’m finding that I really enjoy it. Just like anything, becoming a better writer takes time and practice. My goal is to get a little bit better each and every day.
That’s all for today!
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