Josh Allen: John Brown, Cole Beasley will have “more chances to catch the ball” this year

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When the Bills traded for wide receiver Stefon Diggs in March, most reactions were that the move would lead to Diggs soaking up targets in the passing game this season.

Unless the Bills are planning to start throwing the ball a lot more often, a side effect of that would be a drop in targets for John Brown and Cole Beasley after they combined for 139 catches during the 2019 season. Quarterback Josh Allen doesn’t see things playing out that way, however.

“I think this is going to give them an opportunity to have more chances to catch the ball,” Allen said on SiriusXM NFL Radio, via the Buffalo News. “They had career years and everybody talking about the addition of Stefon Diggs will hurt their value. I think it’s the other way around. John was a 1,000-yard receiver last year. Man-to-man, he’s extremely tough to cover. Cole, on the inside, if you put a nickel on him, he’s a tough cover in man-to-man. I appreciate what Brandon Beane has been doing by putting these guys around me. Now it’s up to us to go out on the field and execute and put the plan together.”

Brown and Beasley may not see the same number of passes thrown their way this year, but Diggs’ arrival may make their opportunities better ones because of how defenses will have to adjust to Buffalo’s receiving corps. That would be a plus for the Bills Offense regardless of how the balls are ultimately divvied up.

9 responses to “Josh Allen: John Brown, Cole Beasley will have “more chances to catch the ball” this year

  1. Then trade Robert Foster, he’s the 2nd best WR on the team and they don’t incorporate him because he’s “undrafted”
    Played 13 games in each of past 2 Seasons
    500+ Yards in Year 1
    64 Yards in 13 games last year
    What gives?

  2. Josh Allen has sos many weapons…the only problem is he is a terrific runner who can’t pass

  3. I think coronavirus is going to cancel or cut short the season this year. But I was looking forward to Chargers-Bills Week 12 game featuring Tyrod Taylor vs Josh Allen.

  4. With a 8.4% completion rate on passes over 25yds it sounds like he’s already given up on any long completions to Diggs!

  5. Robert Foster isn’t even in the top 5 of Bills’ WRs. It’s not that he wasn’t drafted, it’s that no one knows if he will catch a ball that hits him in the hands. Allen’s deep ball % wouldn’t be that bad if you could remove all the drops that guys like Foster and Zay Jones and Kelvin Benjamin committed.

  6. 635 yards. No NFL receiver gained more yardage on deep passes last season than Diggs, who especially excelled when Kirk Cousins threw farther than 20 yards downfield. Diggs also led the league with six touchdown grabs going deep. The Bills are going to love Diggs.

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