Last week, the Buffalo Bills pulled off the second major trade involving a top wide receiver.
After the Houston Texans shipped DeAndre Hopkins to the Arizona Cardinals, the Bills went out and landed Stefon Diggs. Buffalo sent a 2020 fifth-round pick, a 2020 sixth-round pick and a 2021 fourth-round pick to the Minnesota Vikings.
In return, the Bills landed Diggs and a seventh-round pick in the 2020 draft. The trade gives Buffalo an elite weapon on the outside, which should help young quarterback Josh Allen in his development.
10 days after the trade was announced, Allen finally commented on the team trading for the star wide receiver. He raved about Diggs’ ability to create when he has the ball in his hands.
Here’s what he had to say, via Pro Football Talk:
“I’m still pumped about it. I’m still floating on cloud nine right now. I just can’t wait to get to work with him…I just want to get back to work. We’ve been staying in contact and trying to devise a plan of how we can get together. But man, the things he can do on a football field are unbelievable. The route running. The way he can make contested catches…He’s going to match in very well with our wide receiver group, he’s going to match within our locker room and with our team. Big time playmaker. He’s going to help us out a lot this year.”
Buffalo now boasts a trio of talented wide receivers in Diggs, John Brown and veteran slot presence Cole Beasley.
Allen threw for just over 3,000 yards with 20 touchdowns and nine interceptions in 2019. He completed fewer than 60-percent of his passes.
Allen should take another big step heading into 2020.