Buffalo Bills head coach Sean McDermott told the media that he was “very concerned” after star wideout Stefon Diggs did not report to the team’s first minicamp practice in mid-June. A month and a half later, any concerns he had are quelled.
While speaking to reporters ahead of Buffalo’s first training camp practice Wednesday morning, McDermott stated that the situation is behind them, affirming that Diggs – and every other active player on the Bills’ roster – is present at St. John Fisher University and is ready to get to work.
“We’re in a good spot,” McDermott said. “Stef is ready to practice, he’s in the locker room now. He put in a lot of hard work this summer. The team is ready to go, looking forward to get out here to practice.”
The Diggs situation was the source of much offseason speculation and media malarkey, with fans and national analysts alike throwing shots at the proverbial dart board in an attempt to determine just what the former All-Pro was presumably upset about. Some speculated it was contract-related while others proposed that Diggs was unhappy with his role in Buffalo’s offense. While we’ll likely never know what, exactly, caused the 29-year-old to be excused from the team’s initial minicamp practice, the issue was apparently resolved quickly, as Diggs reported to practice the next day. The ‘drama,’ as of now, appears to be completely settled.
Diggs figures to again be the focal point of Buffalo’s vaunted passing attack in the 2023 season. Coming off his third-consecutive 1,000+ receiving yard season with the Bills (fifth consecutive in general), Diggs has shown no signs of slowing down. While it will take some time before he and the offense are moving at full speed at camp, that’s to be expected, according to McDermott. The head coach expectedly plans to ease Diggs and the rest of Buffalo’s veterans back into the swing of things before ramping things up later in the summer.
“It’s just more overall, I think specific to Stef, but also some of our veteran players, just wanting to make sure we’re ramping them up the right way,” McDermott said Wednesday. “Also as we get going through the dog days of camp, so to speak, that we’re monitoring their rep count and making sure that they’re getting themselves ready to go, but also not wearing them out at the same time. We know what Stef can do, we know what type of player he is and what he means to our football team.”
With five years remaining on the contract extension he inked in the 2022 offseason, Diggs quite evidently factors into Buffalo’s long-term plans. McDermott no longer has any concerns about the centerpiece of his receiving corps, now reserving those for getting the offense, and team, in general, ready to go for the regular season.
“We’re in a good spot [with Diggs],” McDermott said. “As far as the team is concerned, we have a lot of work to do. That’s really our focus, and it should be our focus, is about the team and making sure we’re putting the work out here that we need to put in.”
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