3 reasons why the Buffalo Bills could regress in 2023
REASON #2- THROW IT TO DIGGS AND……?
Everyone knows the Buffalo Bills have a true number one receiver in Stefon Diggs. Beyond Diggs there is not much to write home about. Gabe Davis had his memorable four touchdown game in 2021 against the Chiefs, but since then he has not been a significant threat. In 2022 Davis was somewhat productive with 836 receiving yards and 7 touchdowns.
The concerning side is that Davis had 48 receptions out of 93 targets (51% completion percentage) and dropped 9 passes. Those drops (per Pro Football Reference) had Davis tied for fourth in wide receiver drops. After Davis the Bills are trotting out Trent Sherfield, Deonte Hardy, and Khalil Shakir. Not exactly an elite group with significant depth. While Diggs is a phenomenal target for Allen recent history is showing that there are some concerns between the duo.
Diggs was publicly upset with Allen during their playoff loss in 2022 against the Cincinnati Bengals at home in the snow. Then in the 2023 offseason there was an issue of Diggs missing mandatory minicamp, citing a possible internal issue with Diggs and the team/coaches/front office. Allen will always be looking for Diggs on the field but there is a concern that he could force the ball to Diggs in an attempt to keep the star receiver happy in upstate New York.
Bills fans don’t want Allen forcing the ball anymore than he already is, hence the aforementioned interceptions. But if the front office cant given Allen anymore competitive targets to throw to he does not have much of a choice. Either way this is not an ideal receiving situation for the Bills who have a consistent issue getting the ground game going.
Getting running back James Cook more involved, like they should have in 2022, would be a start.