Will the former Minnesota Vikings receiver be looking for a way out of Buffalo sooner than later?
When Stefon Diggs first joined the Minnesota Vikings back in 2015 after getting drafted in the fifth round, he was relatively unknown. Despite being a highly-rated recruit in high school, Diggs’ college career at Maryland wasn’t exactly filled with a tremendous amount of memorable moments.
Playing with the Vikings, however, was a much different story. During his five years in Minnesota, Diggs was able to fine-tune his craft and develop into one of the best receivers in the entire NFL.
Despite his talent though, the Vikings decided to trade the young pass-catcher to the Buffalo Bills this past March and now he will see if his success will continue in the AFC East.
How long will the former Minnesota Vikings receiver last in Buffalo?
Diggs’ tenure in the Twin Cities came to end this year for multiple reasons. Given that he’s a receiver, it’s pretty easy to assume that he wasn’t thrilled with the Vikings’ decision to switch to a more run-focused offense last season. His chemistry with Kirk Cousins has also been put into question as it appeared the Minnesota quarterback tended to favor Adam Thielen more as his top target.
So now, Diggs gets the chance to be “the guy” for the Bills. He will be the top receiver on their depth chart and he should be able to help make the job of Buffalo quarterback Josh Allen much easier.
There is still a lot of excitement about Diggs’ addition to the Bills, and rightfully so. But when Buffalo experiences any sort of struggles in 2020, will the receiver let his frustrations get the best of him once again?
Allen is still a very raw passer, so Diggs is pretty much guaranteed to experience some sort of frustration next season no matter what. How will the receiver react when he gets wide open down the field and the Bills quarterback, who had the second-most rushing attempts of any NFL signal-caller in 2019, decides to tuck the ball and run instead?
If things don’t go according to plan in 2020, will the season be full of Diggs trade rumors like it was a year ago? Buffalo dealing the receiver after just one year would cost them $6 million in dead money in 2021. But they’re projected to have around $36 million in cap space in 2021 and cutting or trading Diggs would also free up an additional $6 million, so dealing him could still be a legitimate option.
Very few people thought the Vikings would ever trade the talented receiver, but they did. Because of this, no one should be ruling out the possibility of him actually getting dealt again after only one season with the Bills.