Stefon Diggs had to get used to improvising with Josh Allen

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Stefon Diggs and Josh Allen have played only one season together with the Bills. But in 2020, the wide receiver and quarterback displayed undeniable chemistry.

Diggs led the league with 127 receptions and 1,535 yards — both of which set new single-season franchise records.

When a receiver makes so many plays, most of them are called. And in a recent interview with Modern Luxury DC, Diggs explained that he’s usually a “by-the-book” guy. But playing with Allen, a quarterback who can make big plays through improvisation, things are a little different.

“Josh will just look at me and say, ‘Stef, just get open and catch the ball. I really don’t care what you do before that,'” Diggs said, via Ryan Talbot of Syracuse.com. “And that’s hard to hear because I’m so used to timing routes and doing things in a certain type of way. But this is where the creativity comes in. I can mix things up a little bit, and the quarterback trusts me. The only way you can build that trust is by making plays.”

After five seasons in Minnesota, Diggs and Allen made a lot of plays last year in Buffalo. With so much continuity on the Bills’ offense, the duo is in good position to make plenty more in 2021.

12 responses to “Stefon Diggs had to get used to improvising with Josh Allen

  1. I really thought these guys had a great chance to take KC. How wrong I was.

  2. Production and results are what count. Timing routes are not Josh’s strengths. Improvising creates big plays without the D being able to time jumping the route.

  3. If Diggs has similar production this year, he will be DEMAND to be the #1 paid WR or won’t show up next offseason. Fantastic player but everyone knows that Diggs love him some Diggs.

  4. Diggs had a torn oblique and got WWE body slammed after forward progress had been stopped, Gabe Davis had an ankle, Moss was out and Cole Beasley had a broken leg.

    On top of all that the KC defense was allowed to absolutely mug the receivers. I said immediately following the game that if KC played that same defense against Brady he would walk up and down the field on them with penalties for holding and DPI’s.

    The first reaction by Chiefs nation after the SB loss was crying about all the phantom and unfair calls against your Defense.

    The Chiefs had the refs favor for the AFCCG because Mahomes/Brady sells bigger the Brady/Buffalo. Same BS KC got away with all game against Buffalo was called all day against a better storyline in Tampa.

  5. I remember the day Diggs got traded to Buffalo… So many were saying things like: If he couldn’t handle playing with Cousins, wait until Allen overthrows him by 20 yards.

    With the regular season and playoffs combined Diggs caught 147 receptions for 1,846 yards & 10td’s from Josh Allen in 2020.

  6. “Josh will just look at me and say, ‘Stef, just get open and catch the ball. I really don’t care what you do before that,’” Diggs said
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    I don’t believe that for a second. The quarterback has to know at least approximately where the receiver is going to be and when. Is he running a 10-yard out or is he going deep? Will he break left after 8 yards or break right after 12 yards? If you’re just going to wait for a guy to finish a route he just made up before you throw him the ball, you’re unlikely to have much success.

  7. If the Bills add Ertz & Short, if healthy, then some team will be playing in Buffalo for the AFC crown imo. Diggs is the best receiver the Bills have had. Bring the hate..

  8. Diggs had a torn oblique and got WWE body slammed after forward progress had been stopped, Gabe Davis had an ankle, Moss was out and Cole Beasley had a broken leg.

    On top of all that the KC defense was allowed to absolutely mug the receivers. I said immediately following the game that if KC played that same defense against Brady he would walk up and down the field on them with penalties for holding and DPI’s.

    The first reaction by Chiefs nation after the SB loss was crying about all the phantom and unfair calls against your Defense.

    The Chiefs had the refs favor for the AFCCG because Mahomes/Brady sells bigger the Brady/Buffalo. Same BS KC got

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    Refs, injuries, TV ratings…..got any other excuses?

  9. So Josh Allen’s accuracy didn’t really improve, he just had a receiver who knew how to improvise. If the Ravens ever pair Lamar with a receiver like Diggs, they would be a SB favorites.

  10. buffalobluecollarlunchbucket56 says:
    May 27, 2021 at 9:52 am
    Production and results are what count. Timing routes are not Josh’s strengths. Improvising creates big plays without the D being able to time jumping the route.
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    What big plays did Josh have? Zero passes at over 30yrs of air time on the ball, that doesn’t sound like a lot of big plays, it sounds like a lot of plays where the receiver caught short to mid range pass and made the most of them!

    BTW what is NOT Josh’s strength is the long ball, sure he can throw the ball >70yds but he can’t hit the broad side of a barn at over 30yds! But it’s nothing to be ashamed of, the best OC’s can work with that and it’s clear the Bills have one.

    I always said if they’d hold Allen’s throws to 30yds or less it’s increase his completion percentage by 10-15% and it did.

  11. “Zero passes at over 30yrs of air time on the ball, that doesn’t sound like a lot of big plays”

    He had a pass travel 53 yards in the air vs the Dolphins and a pass go 62 air yards for a TD to Diggs against the Broncos. That’s just two of them in 2020.

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