A recent report might have revealed why former Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Stefon Diggs has been frustrated with the Buffalo Bills.
Earlier this week, former Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Stefon Diggs was the center of attention when he didn't participate in a Buffalo Bills minicamp practice.
For Vikings fans, this news about Diggs didn't come as a surprise. The former Minnesota receiver has always worn his emotions on his sleeve, and at times, it's one of his greatest attributes. However, his emotions can sometimes get the best of him, and they ultimately resulted in his departure from the Vikings in 2020.
As for the latest drama surrounding Diggs, a recent report appears to indicate that the All-Pro receiver's frustrations have to do with his voice not being heard by some current members of the Bills.
Former Minnesota Vikings WR Stefon Diggs reportedly frustrated with his role in the Buffalo Bills offense
Considering Diggs led Buffalo in targets last season with 154 (also the fifth-most in the NFL), one would probably assume that the talented pass catcher is fine with how he has been used in his current team's offense since joining them in 2020.
Well, this assumption would apparently be wrong.
According to the Boston Globe's Ben Volin, the recent drama surrounding Diggs was reportedly a result of him being unsatisfied with "his role in the [Bills] offense and his voice in play-calling."
When just looking at his total targets, most just jump to the conclusion of the former Vikings receiver making something out of nothing. But Diggs might actually have a case.
But during the fourth quarter of Buffalo's four losses last season (including the playoffs), Bills quarterback Josh Allen completed just 19 percent of his passes intended for Diggs (2-of-11) for only 22 yards and no touchdowns.
Combine these numbers with the Allen-to-Diggs connection in the fourth quarter of games where Buffalo won by four points or less, and the Bills quarterback completed just 46 percent of his targets to his All-Pro receiver (12-for-26) for 131 yards and no touchdowns in some of Buffalo's most crucial moments of their 2022 season.
Diggs was also only on the field for 77 percent of the Bills' offensive snaps last year after being involved in 82 percent (2021) and 89 percent (2020) of the team's offensive snaps in the previous two seasons.
It sounds like the former Minnesota draft pick actually has plenty to be unhappy about in Buffalo. Diggs is one of the best wide receivers in the entire NFL, and the Bills clearly didn't use him enough when they probably needed him the most.
If this continues to happen in 2023, could we see the former Vikings pass-catcher force his way out of Buffalo in 2024?