Fulfilling it likely will largely depend on whether Diggs can be the same player he was last season … or at least come close to that.
However, his totals for receptions and receiving yards tell only part of what made Diggs among the most impactful receivers ever to wear a Bills uniform.
Let’s get right to Part 2 of Jay Skurski’s Bills Mailbag.
• Diggs caught at least six passes in an NFL-record 18 games. His least productive outing came when he had four receptions on six targets for 49 yards and a touchdown in a 35-32 victory against the Los Angeles Rams and their standout cornerback, Jalen Ramsey, who Diggs beat for a score.
• The Bills left no doubt about their basic formula for winning games last season. Per the analytics website Pro Football Focus, Diggs was the league’s most targeted receiver in the regular season (162) and postseason (32).
• Diggs was one of only six players with double-digit targets through the final nine games last year, according to PFF. The others were Davante Adams of the Green Bay Packers, Keenan Allen of the Los Angeles Chargers, Diontae Johnson of the Pittsburgh Steelers, DeAndre Hopkins of the Arizona Cardinals and Travis Kelce of the Kansas City Chiefs.
Whether that changes in 2021 is anyone’s guess.
Defenses could force Allen to go toward his other targets more often. Allen’s other targets could also do their part to warrant him to look their way more often. Even with Cole Beasley making noises about not wanting a Covid-19 vaccine and escalating his objection to the level of being willing to retire, the Bills seem to have some solid alternatives at receiver.