Jim Kelly sees Stefon Diggs as a James Lofton-type addition for Bills

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The Bills have beefed up their offense via a trade for receiver Stefon Diggs. Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly compares the move to one that was made by his Bills more than 30 years ago.

I love it,” Kelly said of the trade, in an appearance on One Bills Live with John Murphy and Steve Tasker, via NewYorkUpstate.com. “You know, it’s saavy and this could probably bring you back to that time period too. We had Andre [Reed], we had a couple good wide receivers, but until we brought James Lofton on. . . . I think that’s when our offense really started to thrive.”

It helped that the Bills had running back Thurman Thomas and Reed and Kelly and a willingness and ability to put pedal to metal.

“If you remember back, I think it was 1990 when James Lofton became a part of the Buffalo Bills and I think that’s when our offense really thrived because we needed that deep threat,” Kelly explained. “Andre was more of our inside guy. We needed that deep threat on the outside to go with Don Beebe on the other side, so I thought that was a great addition. And now all of a sudden we get Diggs in there and I think that’s gonna help [John] Brown, help other guys that are on our team to be able to do things a little more how we would like to not so much have to worry about one side or the other. Now you gotta worry about both sides of our offense.”

Lofton actually arrived in 1989, but he first made a major impact in 1990, the first of four straight Super Bowl seasons for the Bills. And Lofton was 34 when he began contributing in meaningful fashion to the offense; Diggs arrives at the age of 26.

Ultimately, the Buffalo offense will go as far as quarterback Josh Allen takes it. The K-Gun worked because of Kelly. The current Bills offense will work, if it does, because of Allen. It will work better with Diggs, but Allen is the guy who will make it go — if it goes.

11 responses to “Jim Kelly sees Stefon Diggs as a James Lofton-type addition for Bills

  1. As a Viking fan, I hope this works for Buffalo. However, to this point Josh Allen’s accuracy is no where near that of Kirk Cousins. My fear for the Bills is that Diggs starts whining about Allen’s inability to get him the ball. I hope not, but it wouldn’t surprise me if Diggs ends up regretting his push for a trade.

  2. Jim Kelly was our only hope to finally win a Super Bowl and he couldn’t get it done.

    Now we’re going to move and I’m going to cry forever.

  3. Great now Buffalo has a WR that can take the top off and a QB that has just >25% completion rate for passes over 20yds and a 13% completion rate for passes over 30yds, how do you think that’ll work out?

  4. billswillmovesoonandiwillcrylikeababy says:
    March 25, 2020 at 10:51 am

    Jim Kelly was our only hope to finally win a Super Bowl and he couldn’t get it done.
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    Why do so many people hang all the wins and losses on a QB when there are 11 players on each side of the ball and special teams? There’s a lot more to winning and losing than just the QB.

    BTW you know the old saying: offense sells tickets defense wins championships!

  5. I see this as more of a Randy Moss traded to Raiders type of deal. I would be SHOCKED if Diggs stays in Buffalo for the long haul.

  6. Lofton is a legend and great Packer. I wouldn’t compare him any way to Diggs even late in his career in Buffalo.

    Diggs is a good signing by Buffalo. Did you see who the Vikings replaced Diggs with? Tajae Sharpe. He was the Titans #4 WR last year.😆

  7. freefromwhatyouare says:
    March 25, 2020 at 11:45 am

    Diggs is a good signing by Buffalo. Did you see who the Vikings replaced Diggs with? Tajae Sharpe. He was the Titans #4 WR last year.😆
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    Respectfully, no one believes Sharpe is going to step in as the starter. The Vikings have five selections in the first three rounds of the draft. The smart money says Diggs replacement will be one of those selections, unless one of the youngsters they have pulls an “Adam Thielen”, comes out of nowhere and lights up training camp. I’m hoping for the latter given the Vikings recent lack of success with first and second round WRs (Williamson, Rice, Harvin, Patterson, Treadwell).

  8. I hope he’s right. But let’s not forget Kelly & Thurman Thomas were also slobbering all over Rex Ryan too. Made a big deal about all of them sitting down to have beer & pizza together. Again, I hope he’s right this time.

  9. John Brown and Cole Beasley are nowhere near as good as Reed and Beebe…Devin Singletary isn’t nearly as good as Thurman Thomas…Jim Kelly is a Hall of Fame QB…Josh Allen has some of the worst accuracy in the league…not my opinion…his stats bare that out…I appreciate Kelly being a homer…but that’s a terrible comparison he tried to make…

  10. Bill’s offense is no comparison to Vikings and Josh is worse than Kirk. Digg’s brain will explode, just watch.

  11. I appreciate Kelly being a homer…but that’s a terrible comparison he tried to make…
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    Kelly wasn’t comparing the respective players, he was comparing the respective situations, and noting how the addition of an outstanding deep threat makes a big difference in how opposing D-coordinators have to prepare. Yes, Josh Allen is still a work in progress, but it will certainly help to have Stefon Diggs downfield than stone handed WRs like Robert Foster and Duke Williams.

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