End-of-season defeats are always crushing, but Buffalo Bills Pro Bowl wide receiver Stefon Diggs takes his team’s 27-10 home loss to the third-seeded Cincinnati Bengals especially hard. According to The athletic, Diggs sprinted out of the locker room with all his gear before a few of Buffalo’s coaching staff even made it to the tunnel leading to the locker room. Veteran running back Duke Johnson, who is on the Bills’ practice team, escorted his teammate back to the locker room before blasting out again and leaving Highmark Stadium in Orchard Park, New York, for good on Sunday.
The 29-year-old, who has served as captain of the Bills team in both 2021 and 2022 after being acquired from the Minnesota Vikings in a trade in 2020, also fell to the sideline late in the game with Buffalo quarterback Josh Allen at. . Diggs caught four passes for 35 yards on a game-high 10 targets, but only two of those came in the fourth quarter with the Bills trailing 24-10. After the loss, Allen said he would have to watch the tape to see “whatever it was that we couldn’t get [Diggs] We’ll have to learn from the ball tonight.”
Diggs defended his behavior on Twitter Monday night with three tweets explaining that he doesn’t agree to lose and that he’s going to call if the bills don’t meet their standard.
Head coach Sean McDermott clarified that Diggs was in the locker room when he addressed the team, which he said was “the most important thing”. He also addressed Diggs’ outburst and rationalized his actions:
“He’s a competitive guy,” McDermott said via NewYorkUpstate.com. “That’s what makes him good, that’s what you saw. He’s very competitive, just like all of us. We work extremely hard in these jobs to get the best out of ourselves, and that hurts. I wouldn’t want a man who doesn’t.” pain, right? So when you risked it all, we risked it all, and tonight it wasn’t good enough. That’s the part that stings.’
Diggs has played as arguably the best wide receiver in team history since coming over from Minnesota. He leads the entire league with Las Vegas Raiders wide receiver Davante Adams (338), ranks second in goals (484), fourth in receiving yards (4,189) and sixth in receiving touchdowns (29 ) since becoming Bill in 2020 Each of Diggs’ first three seasons at Buffalo has ranked as the top three seasons in team history in terms of catches in a year. His 2020 season (1,535 receiving yards) and 2022 season (1,429 receiving yards) are the two highest single-season receiving yards totals in Bills history. Diggs’ 11 receiving touchdowns this season tied the team’s record for receiving touchdowns in a single season with Bill Brooks’ 11 from the 1995 season.
Diggs signed a four-year, $96 million extension with the team on April 6, tying him to Western New York’s team through his 34-year season in 2027. . How the Bills decide to handle this outburst could potentially reshape their entire offense, as a series of cryptic tweets from Diggs prevented the Vikings from trading him, despite his production just a few years ago.