Stefon Diggs feels Bills didn’t hit enough deep balls last season

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Bills quarterback Josh Allen and wide receiver Stefon Diggs had a lot of success during the 2020 season, but Diggs doesn’t want the duo to simply repeat what they did in 2020.

Diggs caught five passes of 40 or more yards from Allen during his first year in Buffalo and he’d like to see that number grow during his second season with the team. Diggs told reporters at Bills training camp that he thinks there’s room to improve when it comes to hooking up on long passes this year.

“I feel like we didn’t hit the deep ball well enough,” Diggs said, via the Buffalo News. “We were pretty good intermediate. But as far as hitting the deep ball consistently, it’s me being where I need to be when I’m supposed to be there and him trusting me . . . So as far as like continuing to grow that relationship, nurture that relationship, hopefully we can take another step. We had a lot of success, but every year’s a new year and I want to take another step with him as far as being the best.”

Diggs did a lot of damage to defenses on hitch routes last year and some of that can be attributed to defenses being wary of the potency of Allen’s arm. There’s something to not breaking what doesn’t need fixing, but it seems Diggs thinks a few more deep shots will lead to bigger and better things in Buffalo.

11 responses to “Stefon Diggs feels Bills didn’t hit enough deep balls last season

  1. Beautiful. Don’t rest on past success. Love it. Always look for ways to get better. That’s the same attitude that made josh Allen improve more than any qb in nfl history. #billsmafia

  2. I think what Diggs means is that “if it ain’t broke, break it”.
    If that duo starts hitting the deep ball consistently, which one of those receivers are you going to double team?
    YIKES…

  3. Suggs and Buffalo peaked last season. Expect the AFCE to return to “normal” this upcoming year. Chin up Buffalo fans, ir was good while it lasted

  4. Diggs has the right attitude. “Good” is the enemy of “great.” Don’t aim for repeating good. Strive for great performance in the long passing game. “Good” wasn’t good enough to get past KC. Break it!

  5. “Suggs and Buffalo peaked last season. Expect the AFCE to return to “normal” this upcoming year. Chin up Buffalo fans, ir was good while it lasted”
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    Normal IS the Bills owning the division. The last 20 years was the anomoly.

    Pats won’t be good again for ages.

  6. billsfan716 says:
    July 30, 2021 at 8:28 am
    Beautiful. Don’t rest on past success. Love it. Always look for ways to get better. That’s the same attitude that made josh Allen improve more than any qb in nfl history.
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    NO what really made Allen improve more than any QB in NFL history was the Bills limiting his throws to under 30yds, the 2 previous seasons he had just under an 8% completion rate for passes over 30yds so the Bills coaching staff intelligently cut those >30yd pass plays down by 90% or more and look what it did for Josh. He’s no more accurate now at passes over 30yds than he ever was so why would they let him try throwing them again, if they’re smart they won’t!

    According to Pro Football Reference Josh’s “air yards per completion”(the yardage the ball traveled past the line of scrimmage) was 6.8 in 2020, not a lot different than 6.7 and 6.5 2018-19, but one thing that drastically improved was the receivers YAC which went from 948 in 2018 to 1852yds in 2020.

    A 10 or 20yd completion is 1000X better than a 40-50yd incompletion and when you only hit 30yd passes why would you even try throwing them? I said it before and I’ll say it again, sure Josh can throw the ball 70yds but he can’t hit the broad side of a barn at that distance, go back and watch his Pro Day, out of a dozen throws over 40yds he hit 1 and that receiver had to stop to catch it because it was so under thrown. The other 11 were overthrows, he lead the receiver too much or threw it behind them. The Bills just need to keep him with-in his limitations and that’s under 30yds and he’ll stay at nearly a 70% completion rate, but if they start letting Josh go deep again that number could drop to his 2018-19 levels quick.

    What’s funny is you Bills fans laughed at Brady for years for throwing the dink & dunk passes and now you think your guy is a god for doing the exact same thing!

  7. billsrthefuture says:
    July 30, 2021 at 10:57 am

    Normal IS the Bills owning the division. The last 20 years was the anomoly.
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    An anomaly would be the Jets being good, the Jaguars being good or the Texans being good, but total domination of the NFL and especially the AFCE for 20yrs is NOT an anomaly!

    Anomaly: something that deviates from what is standard, normal, or expected.

  8. billsrthefuture says:
    July 30, 2021 at 10:57 am

    Normal IS the Bills owning the division.

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    The Bills only won the AFCE 12 times in 61 years. How exactly is that owning the Division?

    Both NE and Miami have more division titles than Buffalo. And more Playoff success too

  9. If Josh Allen has taught us anything over the first three years of his career is that in the off-season he takes his biggest weaknesses, and actually works to improve. Just in the last year “Josh’s completion percentage over 20 yards” has changed to “Josh Allen’s completion percentage over 30 yards”…Force your detractors to change their narrative…Josh continues to do just that.

    I haven’t heard anybody call him “Trash Allen” in a while either…I wonder if he’s getting some extra motivation somewhere?!?

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