While the Buffalo Bills drove a dominant 41-7 win over the Tennesse Titans Monday night soccerHis wide receiver Stefon Diggs had one of the games of his career. He more than made up for his absence with Gabe Davis, the team’s No. 2 receiver, who was out with an ankle injury.
Diggs finished against the Titans with 12 receptions for 148 yards and three touchdown passes. Quarterback Josh Allen took aim at Diggs 14 times with a 40% accuracy, which is double the normal rate, according to The Athletic.
After such a historic night in which the two-time Pro Bowler broke the NFL record for most receptions caught by a player in his first 35 games with a team, Heavy Sports Diggs asked about the possibility that free agent wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. would join the Bills as linebacker Von Miller is in the midst of a very public campaign to bring his former Rams teammate to Buffalo.
The addition of Beckham could severely impact the number of goals Diggs receives, but that’s not something the Bills star is worried about. When asked if the three-time Pro Bowler would be a good fit at Buffalo, Diggs had no qualms.
“Yes, 100%,” Diggs said. “I already spoke to Gabe, he also takes my goals. We have a lot of talent in his offensive. So as if he were here would just be icing on the cake. We have a good A** team right now.”
The 28-year-old receiver used a boxing metaphor to describe exactly what the three-time Pro Bowler could offer Allen on offense.
“Especially considering the guy we have, he’s going to be a little extra small, ugh, so we worked on the jab for a while and then we’d get the right hook in there. The guy who can come in and be hot, be exciting and make a lot of games. So, you know, if it shakes like that at the end, I wouldn’t be mad.
After leaving the Cleveland Browns to join the midseason Rams, Beckham accumulated 27 receptions for 305 receiving yards and five touchdowns in eight games. During the postseason, the LSU alum continued to shine, finishing with 21 receptions for 288 receiving yards and two touchdowns.
Beckham thanked both Diggs and Miller for the outstanding performances against the Titans. He tweeted during Monday Night Football, “Hat trick! @stefondiggs”, before Add to“I don’t think you all really understand how tamed @VonMiller is…on and off the field!!!!
It’s not just Diggs and Miller discussing Beckham’s potential Buffalo landing, Bill’s general manager Brandon Beane raised the possibility when speaking to the media earlier this month.
“Anything Von says, I will respect,” Beane said. “People who have been there know what is important, know what it looks like. They will perform what they think – I will give them the time of day. Why wouldn’t I respect what he thinks? He was great… Von wants to win. And I want to surround myself with as many people like that as possible.”
As for whether the Bills could afford to hire a player like OBJ, who seems keen on being teammates with Miller and Diggs, Beane said the team currently has about $2.4 million to $2.8 million is below the cap after adding up all 53 active players who are on injured reserve and the practice squad.
“I know he’s recovering from a cruciate ligament rupture… He’s a talented player. Show me a talented player I won’t check in with. I always will. If that’s a swap for someone, let a guy get well. This upper limit also plays a role here.”
While $2.8 million won’t be enough to sign a player of Beckham’s caliber, there is a way where there is a will, especially for a Super Bowl or broke team.
Buffalo News reporter Jay Skurski wrote on Aug. 12, “The Beckham acquisition requires Beane to get even more creative with the cap than he already has. Beane has tried to limit how far he takes the road on the salary cap, but this is a special circumstance that would justify him doing it again. Beckham is that good.”
The Bills (2-2) have smashed their opponents so far, outscoring their opponents 72-17, but so far their Week 3 matchup against AFC East rivals the Miami Dolphins (2-2) has been unexpectedly good designed to be a very interesting game.
Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa was named AFC Offensive Player of the Week after he completed 36 of 50 passes for 469 yards and six touchdowns against the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday, Sept. 18, and he’ll be looking to keep that momentum on Bills’ trips to Hard Rock Stadium in week 3.
While it’s not Diggs’ job to take down Tagovaila, he had nothing but praise for the Bills’ upcoming opponent, especially their receiving core.
“I’ve seen the highlights,” Diggs said of the Dolphins/Ravens game. “I saw her offense. You look explosive. You have two good recipients, two exceptional guys who look amazing out there. And Tua is out there throwing the ball with confidence. You have a good team. It will definitely be another test for us. We are looking forward to it. I have to prepare properly.”
The Bills have defeated the Dolphins in both teams’ last seven games. Buffalo goes into the week as a 5.5-point favorite to beat Miami.