Diggs is still doing his job (even if the stats don’t show it)
One of the most simplistic reasons that the Vikings wouldn’t trade Diggs is that he’s still playing at an elite level. While his stats (13 catches, 209 yards, one score) don’t reflect it, the Maryland product has been doing his job at getting open and putting opposing defensive backs on skates.
As Diggs will turn 26 in November, he still is one of the most promising wide receivers in the NFL. He’s coming off a career season in 2018 which included his first 1,000-yard season and two years ago, he was one of Case Keenum‘s top targets with that trust parlaying into the Minneapolis Miracle.
But about those stats. Perhaps some people are mad he hasn’t produced for their fantasy team, but at least Diggs has been doing his job by getting open. A tweet by ESPN’s Courtney Cronin this week showed a diagram of a play from last week’s loss to the Bears where Diggs (and Thielen) were open by a mile and Cousins didn’t pull the trigger.
Even as Diggs had a nightmare game against the Packers (which also included a 49-yard touchdown reception), he still was getting open frequently but missing on his opportunities thanks to drops and errant passes by Cousins.
In other words, what if Diggs goes to the New England Patriots? Do you think Tom Brady will throw him the ball? I think there’s a good chance of that happening and there would be massive numbers to follow.