Buffalo Bills wideout Stefon Diggs knows a thing or two about special wide receiving corps. He’s currently an integral part of one of the league’s best units right now.
But the former fifth-round pick out of Maryland believes that another AFC club — the Denver Broncos — could have a pretty special group as well.
Denver’s top three receivers — Tim Patrick, Jerry Jeudy and KJ Hamler — have combined for 1,656 receiving yards and 11 touchdowns this season. Tight end Noah Fant has also caught 44 passes for 492 yards and two touchdowns. Together, they’ve provided second-year quarterback Drew Lock with a lot of viable options in the passing game.
Patrick is 27, Fant is 23 and both Hamler and Jeudy are 21 years old and in their first NFL season in Denver, which currently boasts the NFL’s eighth-youngest roster (25.35 years old) according to Spotrac.com. With the potential of both rookies and 2019 Pro Bowler Courtland Sutton returning to the fold next year, Diggs said this week that the Broncos could have something special in the years to come.
“I don’t want to reach when I say this but they (Jeudy and Hamler) will be a damn good duo and Courtland Sutton, he’s been out, but that would make them a three-headed monster,” Diggs said during a team video conference call on Wednesday. “They have another kid, 81 (Patrick), he can ball as well. So they have a nice little receiving corps over there that can get open. They are quick, they are fast and they know how to run routes. I wish them a lot of success, I like their game.”
Diggs Foresees Big Jump by Broncos in 2021
Sutton was placed on the injured reserve list back in September after tearing his ACL, but the Broncos haven’t missed too much of a beat since. Patrick has scored three touchdowns in the past two games and has three games with over 100 receiving yards this season, the first of his four-year career. Jeudy has been just as good as the two receivers are separated by seven yards heading into Saturday’s contest with the Bills.
Jeudy, a former Alabama star, has 636 receiving yards but hasn’t caught a touchdown since Denver’s matchup with the Atlanta Falcons on November 8, which was also his only 100-yard receiving performance.
Hamler has also caught on as of late and scored twice on as many catches against the Carolina Panthers this past weekend, which was hands down his best game of the season to date.
Diggs said he knows both Hamler and Jeudy and has watched them on tape. He believes with time, as they become more accustomed to the NFL and their quarterback in year two, they’ll take a big step forward in 2021.
“I’ve watched them and then I’ve watched them on tape and I believe they are going to be damn good, especially in these coming years,” Diggs said. “This is their first year and they are having some success. But the more they get comfortable with their quarterback and the more time they put in, and I know they’ll work extremely hard in the offseason, you give them some time they’ll make another jump and move in the right direction.”
Diggs’ brother, Trevon, a rookie cornerback with the Dallas Cowboys, also played with Jeudy at Alabama last season before both were drafted this past offseason.
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Diggs Could Break Bills’ Reception Record This Week
Diggs is having one of the best seasons of his NFL career in 2020 and he could make it even better on Saturday in Denver.
Heading into the Week 15 matchup, Diggs leads the league with 100 receptions and is third in receiving yards with 1,167 yards, a career-high. Diggs is also on the verge of eclipsing Eric Moulds’ single-season franchise record of 100 receptions set in 2002. Diggs just needs one catch to pass Moulds and write his name in Buffalo’s record books.
While on the verge of surpassing Moulds in single-season receptions, Diggs could pass his single-season receiving yards record as well. He needs just 201 yards in the final three games of the season to pass Moulds’ record of 1,368 yards, which the three-time Pro Bowler recorded during third year as a pro in 1998.
Josh Allen Has Spread the Ball Around
Despite his dominant 2020 campaign, Diggs still isn’t anywhere close to topping Buffalo’s single-season touchdown record because quarterback Josh Allen has spread the ball all over the place in his third year under center.
The Bills currently lead the league with 12 different players catching a touchdown pass, just one short of the all-time NFL record (13). Diggs’ five touchdown catches this season ranks second on the team, trailing only rookie Gabriel Davis with six scores. Wide Receiver Andre Roberts and running back Devin Singletary are the only two Bills player who have caught passes but haven’t yet scored.
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