Season-ending playoff losses are always crushing, though Buffalo Bills Pro Bowl wide receiver Stefon Diggs picked up a 27-10 home loss against a third-stringer. Cincinnati Bengals Especially difficult. According to Athletic, before some of Buffalo’s coaching staff could make it to the tunnel leading to the locker room, Diggs quickly left the locker room with all of his belongings. Bills practice squad veteran Duke Johnson led his teammates back to the locker room before leaving Highmark Stadium in Orchard Park, New York, for good Sunday.
The 29-year-old served as the Phils’ team captain through the 2021 and 2022 seasons. Minnesota Vikings In 2020, the sideline was loaded late in the game for Buffalo quarterback Josh Allen. Diggs caught four passes for 35 yards on a Gate-high 10 targets, but only two of those occurred when the Bills trailed 24-10 in the fourth quarter. After the debacle, Allen said the tape had to be reviewed because “whatever it was, we couldn’t get it. [Diggs] We have to learn the ball tonight.”
Diggs defended his behavior with three tweets on Twitter Monday evening, explaining that he’s not okay with failing and that he’s going to call the Bills when they don’t meet their standards.
Head coach Sean McDermott made it clear Diggs was in the locker room when he addressed the team, which he said was “very important.” He also addressed Diggs’s revelation, justifying his actions:
“He’s a competitor,” McDermott said NewYorkUpstate.com. “That’s what makes him so good, what you’ve seen. He’s just as competitive as we are. We work so hard to be the best at these jobs, and it hurts. I don’t want a guy who doesn’t. Hurts, right? So when you put it all out there, we put it all on the line. We put it on, it just wasn’t good enough tonight. That’s the part that hurts.”
Since arriving from Minnesota, Diggs has played like the best wide receiver in team history. He is tied for the entire league in catches (338). Las Vegas Raiders Davante Adams is second in targets (484), fourth in receiving yards (4,189) and sixth in receiving touchdowns (29) since becoming a Bill in 2020. Each of Diggs’ first three seasons in Buffalo ranked as the top three. In team history based on catches in one year. His 2020 season (1,535 receiving yards) and 2022 season (1,429 receiving yards) are the two-highest single-season receiving yard totals in Bills history. Diggs’ 11 receiving touchdowns this season tied the team’s single-season receiving touchdowns record with Bill Brooks’ 11 from the 1995 season.
Diggs signed a $96 million contract extension with the team on April 6, tying him to Western New York through his age-34 season in 2027. His final year under contract is 2023. . How the Bills decide to manage this blowout could reshape their entire offense, as Biggs’ series of cryptic tweets prevented the Vikings from deciding to trade him despite his production a few years ago.