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Payments’ Stefon Diggs commerce is all about extending Josh Allen’s prime

The old Bills are dead. Rest in peace to an era of Bills football that saw a lot of fireworks and high scoring, while never truly getting over the proverbial hump of making the Super Bowl. Their moves in the offseason have been one of a team that’s getting rid of the old guard, while

Payments’ Stefon Diggs commerce is all about extending Josh Allen’s prime

The outdated Payments are lifeless.

Relaxation in peace to an period of Payments soccer that noticed a whole lot of fireworks and excessive scoring, whereas by no means really getting over the proverbial hump of constructing the Super Bowl. Their strikes within the offseason have been one in every of a crew that’s eliminating the outdated guard, whereas entering into a brand new period. Jordan Poyer, Mitch Morse, Micah Hyde and now, Stefon Diggs will all be enjoying elsewhere subsequent season.

The Bills star wideout was traded to the Houston Texans on Wednesday, for a meager package deal of a 2025 2nd spherical choose. Along with Diggs, the Payments despatched a 2025 fifth and 2024 sixth spherical choose to Houston, one other sign that they needed to get their new period underway this yr.

Breaking: The Buffalo Payments are buying and selling WR Stefon Diggs to the Houston Texans in trade for a 2025 second-round choose (through the Vikings).
⁰The Texans additionally obtain a 2025 fifth-round choose and sixth-round choose.

— Dianna Russini (@DMRussini) April 3, 2024

Whereas inspecting this commerce for the Payments, it’s truthful to marvel if the Stefon Diggs they traded away is identical one they acquired again in 2020.

In 2023, Diggs was nice, however took a big step again within the Payments offense after coordinator Ken Dorsey was fired. Amongst gamers with 40 or extra targets in the course of the first ten video games of the season when Dorsey was coordinator, Diggs was first in total targets, twenty eighth in EPA per goal and had 5 video games over 100 yards. Submit-Dorsey firing was a special story, with Diggs failing to go over 100 yards in any sport, posting an EPA per goal that had him at 57th amongst move catchers with 40 targets and one landing. Tack on a hefty cap hit, and it was clear that the Payments are transferring into a brand new offensive period, one which has no want for Diggs. One which’s similar to a crew that Buffalo has been chasing for the final 4 to 5 years: the Kansas City Chiefs.

It has been properly opined by many (together with yours really) that the Chiefs’ offensive shift is among the extra spectacular issues we’ve seen in current reminiscence. Going from an uber explosive, however extremely risky offense to one of the vital environment friendly buzzsaws of contemporary soccer within the span of three years is an extremely troublesome needle to string. They kickstarted this after shedding within the AFC Championship to the Cincinnati Bengals, and by buying and selling WR Tyreek Hill to the Miami Dolphins they have been in a position to jumpstart that schematic shift. As groups start to play a lot extra two-high defenses, opposing coordinators have three strategies of getting groups out of that: being lethal environment friendly within the fast sport passing the ball, getting larger and bashing groups within the run sport, or have a monster QB who can power groups out of that shell by being a plus one within the run sport.

Via the primary ten video games of 2023, Payments QB Josh Allen was third within the NFL in RPO makes an attempt, and fifth in passing makes an attempt between 0-10 air yards. Nonetheless, as a runner, Allen solely had six designed QB runs per Sports activities Information Options. The Dorsey period Payments gameplan was easy: cut back the quantity of physique blows Allen takes as a runner and emphasize the fast sport, turning Allen into the buzzsaw QB that may hit within the quick to intermediate areas of the sport.

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After Joe Brady took over, the RPOs went down, fast sport went down, however the QB designed run sport went up, in addition to the general run sport. The Payments shifted from the primary choice to extra of a combination between two and three as a way to get groups out of two-high. With the Diggs commerce, the Payments are betting on coordinator Joe Brady to take the following step in his playcalling, higher meshing the run sport with what he goals to do within the passing sport. Far too usually, it felt just like the Payments passing sport grew to become kind of bland, taking a backseat to a run sport that succeeded within the again half of the season. Brady has to proceed to enhance as a playcaller with out the “Stefon Diggs go increase” button, and provides his QB extra assist in passing design.

Which brings us to Allen. This commerce is a guess on Josh Allen being a power multiplier within the run and passing sport. With Diggs and WR Gabe Davis gone, the Payments targets will now be going to the rag tag group of TE Dalton Kincaid, WRs Khalil Shakir and Curtis Samuel together with RB James Cook dinner. The rationale Kansas Metropolis didn’t miss a beat of their offensive evolution is that QB Patrick Mahomes additionally developed with it. Allen has to evolve his sport, whether or not or not it’s changing into extra environment friendly within the fast sport areas and permitting his receivers to make performs after the catch (which Samuel and Shakir are higher at), whereas persevering with to mitigate the bozo gene performs. Early within the Allen evolution, Diggs was simple button on offense, being a dynamo who can take over a soccer sport. As Diggs has aged and Allen has gotten higher, it’s now Allen who’s the simple button for Buffalo within the run and passing sport.

Will it result in two consecutive Tremendous Bowls prefer it did in Kansas Metropolis? Perhaps not, however with Diggs gone, Allen and Brady should proceed to evolve.

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