When the Bills traded for Stefon Diggs during the 2020 offseason, they knew they were getting a true No. 1 receiver for their offense and a long-term top target for Josh Allen. Even still, Diggs may have over-delivered on expectations.
Diggs led the NFL with 127 catches and 1,535 yards on the season in the Bills’ pass-happy offense. It was easily the best campaign of his career, and the All-Pro first teamer’s success continued into the playoffs. In three games for Buffalo during the postseason, Diggs posted 20 catches for 311 receiving yards and two touchdowns. His performance was certainly impressive, but it was even more impressive in the aftermath of a revelation Diggs made on Twitter on Wednesday night.
While praising his teammate Cole Beasley, who played through a broken leg in the playoffs, Diggs revealed that he had dealt with a torn oblique during the postseason.
I had a torn oblique, I thought I was mentally tough. But BEES is really different !
— DIGGS (@stefondiggs) May 6, 2021
That’s pure insanity from Diggs, and certainly nobody is going to argue about his mental toughness. He may think that Beasley’s playing through a broken leg is tougher than what he did, but both receivers played extremely well in the playoffs, especially considering the injuries they were dealing with.
It’s unclear how much Diggs’ injury impacted him on the field, or to what degree his oblique was torn. Nonetheless, playing with a serious side injury can’t be easy in football.
Between stretching up to high-point balls and taking big hits in the center of the body, Diggs had to have been playing through pain. His toughness during the postseason is part of why Buffalo was able to make a run to the AFC Championship Game.
Diggs and Beasley should both be healthy by the start of the 2021 NFL season. Between those two, second-year receiver Gabriel Davis and free-agent signee Emmanuel Sanders, the Bills appear to have one of the best receiving corps in the NFL.
Thanks to that depth, the Bills’ passing game well could be one of the best in the league. And if he can stay healthy, Diggs could be poised to make a lot of noise on the league’s receiving leaderboard once again.