September 9, 2018; Minneapolis, MN, United States; Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Stefon Diggs (14) and San Francisco 49ers cornerback Richard Sherman (25) at US Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports
I can really say that I’m not bitter about the way things went between the Minnesota Vikings and Stefon Diggs. Why would it be? Minnesota got the much-needed salary cap relief, Justin Jefferson, and various other selections. Buffalo got an elite WR. Both parties won the deal, which is rare. I think we (and by “we” I mean both Vikings and Bills fans) should be happy.
Diggs has recently returned to the purple headlines due to an admission of being a bad teammate in Minnesota before his trade: “It wasn’t until I wanted to do something else that became a bad teammate. So as for when things go well, everything is fine until it doesn’t. So for me, even then, I always tried to play with a chip on my shoulder and lead my team in the best way that I know how. Coming here I had a new beginning. It was fair that people made their assumptions or evaluations from the outside looking in. That’s fair. I just see it like, when I get there, I’ll show them who I am and we’ll go from there. As for my new chapter with my new team, things are going quite well ”.
In his first year with Buffalo, Diggs scored massive numbers: 127 receptions, 1,535 yards and 8 TDs. If you told me he’s the best road running back in the NFL, I’d have a hard time disagreeing. Is amazing. There’s a reason the once inaccurate Josh Allen suddenly became one of the game’s best quarterbacks last season. Sure, he probably deserves some credit for his own progress and hard work, but it’s no coincidence that his ascension coincides with the arrival of Diggs. Makes your QB look good.
When he was in Minnesota, Diggs was just as great. Throughout his five years with the Vikes, Diggs had 365 receptions, 4,623 yards and 30 TDs. Note that he entered the league as a fifth round. No one, not even our Vikings, expected him to be as good as him. If they did, they would have chosen him in the top 10.
It also gave us one of the all-time great moments in our team’s history:
So Diggs was a bad teammate? My impression is that he was a great teammate for the vast majority of his time in Minnesota. If you say that ended once you were looking to leave, then I’ll take you at your word.
The only thing I’ll add is that it doesn’t matter much. In time, we will simply celebrate Diggs for bringing us several great seasons and one of the best moments in our franchise history.
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