Stefon Diggs: We’ll be able to lean on Emmanuel Sanders in crunch time

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Wide receiver Stefon Diggs put together one of the best seasons in franchise history for his first season with the Bills in 2020. While Buffalo finished second in both total yards and points scored, Diggs feels like one of his new teammates can help elevate the offense to new heights.

The Bills signed Emmanuel Sanders to a one-year deal the day after he was officially released by the Saints last month. In an interview with Matthew Fairburn of TheAthletic.com, Diggs said he did some recruiting to convince Sanders to join the squad.

“When I started getting a little bit of wind of him thinking about coming out, I instantly hit him up and told him I would love to have another teammate like him,” Diggs said. “I had known him prior to that so it wasn’t like a brand-new person. But I told him, ‘We need you here.’ I definitely feel like he’ll be one of the weapons for Josh [Allen] and one of the guys that we can lean on in crunch time and times like that.”

Sanders, who turned 34 in March, caught 61 passes for 726 yards with five touchdowns last year with the Saints. He recorded three seasons of over 1,000 yards with the Broncos from 2014-2016 and has 662 career receptions for 8,619 yards and 47 TDs.

With Sanders in tow, Allen now has a receivers group led by Diggs, Sanders, and Cole Beasley to work with.

15 responses to “Stefon Diggs: We’ll be able to lean on Emmanuel Sanders in crunch time

  1. Great addition. He’s a great route runner and has always been good at getting separation.

    The Bills are quietly having a very good offseason – building depth and bringing just about everyone from last year’s team back. The AFC East will be tougher this year but they should still be the fave.

  2. Everything sounds great now but just wait until Sanders starts taking away targets from Diggs and Stefon starts pouting.

  3. Bills with be a tough match up challenges with Diggs (1st team All pro), Beasley (2nd team All pro), Sanders and an emerging Dawson Know at Tight end.

  4. he was the saints best wide receiver most of last year. the saints depth at wide receiver has been terrible for several years. how do you think taysom hill consistently got snaps as a WR?

  5. And when the dude “steals” some of Diggs’ stats, Diggs will once again not be a happy person. It’s what he does.

  6. BuckyBadger says:
    April 13, 2021 at 10:19 am
    Been a long time since he was a true threat

    Dont think they need him to be a true threat, he offers what he did with saints in 2020 I see that as a win as the bills already have a stud wr and 2 others without sanders. Just another weapon at Allens disposal

  7. “Everything sounds great now but just wait until Sanders starts taking away targets from Diggs and Stefon starts pouting.”
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    An old, tired & false narrative. Diggs was an ideal teammate last year. He’s been a great Bill.

  8. I think it’s obvious at this point that the issue was Minnesota and/or their QB & coaching, not Diggs.

  9. billsrthefuture says:
    April 13, 2021 at 11:28 am
    “Everything sounds great now but just wait until Sanders starts taking away targets from Diggs and Stefon starts pouting.”
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    An old, tired & false narrative. Diggs was an ideal teammate last year. He’s been a great Bill.
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    One year of being “the man”. Ya. He was an “ideal teammate” in Minnesota too. Until, he wasn’t. Maybe you’ll end up being correct. That’s your opinion. On the other side of the coin, we have a proven past.

  10. sevenwords says:
    April 13, 2021 at 12:13 pm
    I think it’s obvious at this point that the issue was Minnesota and/or their QB & coaching, not Diggs.
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    That is laughable. Minnesota drafted him and gave him a chance. Prior to last year, his two best seasons in his career was with Cousins as QB. And his highest TD year is still with Cousins throwing the ball to him. Diggs didn’t like that he wasn’t “the man” in Minnesota, but just another piece of the team. Now, he is the highest paid player on the Bills. That is what he cares about. Himself. And I would bet a whole lot of money that he will be demanding a new contract after 2021, right after the Bills go one and out in the playoffs.

  11. In his own words Diggs left MN cause he wanted to catch more passes and be the focus of the passing game — his own words. He excelled in MN and excelled for the Bills. Good for him and good for the Bills. He didn’t pout the first 3 years in MN either. Maybe he’s grown up, maybe he’s happy with the Bills system and its QB, and maybe there will never again be an issue. I sincerely hope that’s the case as I like him and usually root for the Bills. However, he was the one that said he left because “he” wanted more passes and to develop “his” game, and he was the one that pouted in MN after 3 years when that didn’t happen to his satisfaction. I said a year ago he’d be a golden boy for at least a year, but if they don’t continue winning, who knows?

  12. Career numbers:

    Emmanuel Sanders: 662 catches, 8,619 yards, and 47 TD.

    Julian Edelman: 620 catches, 6,822 yards, and 36 TD.

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