Stefon Diggs was terrible against the Chiefs
The 2023 NFL season has been a tale of two halves for Buffalo Bills wide receiver Stefon Diggs. The former All-Pro looked well on his way to another epic campaign after a strong start to the year that saw him reach 100 receiving yards in five of his first six games. However, things have changed radically since that point, and we have more than just an eye test to back that up.
Even during the Bills’ hot finish to the regular season that saw them clinch the No. 2 seed and the AFC East Championship, Diggs’ numbers were impressive. With significantly more targets than fellow wide receiver Khalil Shakir, Diggs had fewer receiving yards over the final 10 games of the season, according to Fantasy Life’s Ian Hartitz.
Despite Diggs seeing more than twice as many targets as second-year receiver Shakir throughout the final 10 games of the season, the latter gained 40 additional receiving yards. Diggs’ 1,183 receiving yards in 2023 represents the fewest he has recorded since 2019 and his lowest production as a member of the Bills.
Buffalo’s loss to the Kansas City Chiefs in the AFC Divisional Round was the final stamp of what quickly became a memorable season for Diggs, who was a non-factor, posting a career-low PFF grade (45.6).
The Chiefs’ secondary contained Diggs, limiting him to three receptions for 21 yards on seven targets. In the fourth quarter, when the Bills needed him most, Diggs dropped what would have been a 60-plus yard gain:
Bills quarterback Josh Allen couldn’t have made a much better pass, and Diggs couldn’t block it. Typically a sure-footed receiver, Diggs has dropped six passes this season. Additionally, he has also had a drop percentage of five or more in each of the past two seasons after doing so just once over the past four years of his career.
Diggs turned 30 on November 29 — and his hiatus from playing coincided almost directly with his birthday. Since he’s an undersized receiver whose career has typically relied on overpowering opposing defenses with his footwork and speed, could Diggs’ age catch up with him? PFF and the eye test appear to be in sync based on his brutal performance against the Chiefs.