Things have been very shaky between star wide receiver Stefon Diggs and the Buffalo Bills since their disappointing 27-10 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals in the divisional round of the playoffs. During the game, Diggs was visibly yelling at teammates and after the game he took to Twitter to say, “Want me to be okay with losing? Nah. Want me to be okay with our level of play when it’s not up to the standard? Nah. It’s easy to criticize my reaction more than the result”.
Shortly after this outburst, many believed that Diggs’ time in Buffalo was going to come to an end and the team would be forced to trade him. However, things would seemingly blow over during the offseason.
Recently, things would spark up again after head coach Sean McDermott was quoted as saying, “Stef is not here. Everybody else is here at the current time”. He would go on to say that he was “very concerned” about Diggs’ missing the team’s voluntary activities on the day. However, the situation would become even more confusing after Diggs’ agent would release a statement claiming that Diggs was in fact at the Bills’ facility the day that McDermott would say he was not.
In an interview, his agent would be quoted as saying, “There are things being worked out, on the way to being worked out. Stefon has been there since Sunday night. He was in the building this morning”. If what his agent said is true, it means that Diggs was at the facility Monday and Tuesday, but left before the team’s practice.
While it seems like this whole situation may be a nonissue, it seems like there may be more going on than meets the eye. McDermott being “very concerned” about the situation raises some red flags, and Diggs’ agent saying that there are some things “on the way to being worked out” could mean that there are some real issues between Diggs and the team.
Two plausible things may have led to this situation. The first is that Diggs still was not over the Bills’ playoff run last season. In that time, he saw a decline in stats and did not receive too many targets around the red zone. The second could be Diggs not being a fan of the Bills being tied to Deandre Hopkins. If Hopkins was added to the team, it would mean a sharp decline to Diggs’ targets and overall production.
Whatever is going on between Diggs and the team, there is a strong chance that everything will be settled before the regular season kicks off. It is clear that he is a player that is committed to winning, and the Bills are once again one of the favorites to make a Super Bowl run. Once the Bills are back to dominating regular season opponents, this whole situation will more than likely be quickly forgotten about.
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