1. Can Stefon Diggs take Buffalo to the mountaintop?
Stefon Diggs is the cover feature of Modern Luxury DC Magazine's June 2021 Power Players issue. The wide receiver sat down with Michael McCarthy to talk about everything from football to fashion to music to family. Diggs has a lot of love for Washington DC as he grew up in that area and even stayed to play college football at Maryland. He has always believed he is a champion but knows he hasn't reached the mountaintop yet in football or in life.
"I haven't reached the mountaintop yet," Diggs told DC Magazine. "I always aim high. I want five Super Bowl rings. I want the Hall of Fame. I want the glory. I believe I'm a champion. But, more so, I want to carry some people along with me. I want my brother, Trevon, to have a good career. I want to give my mom a place where she can be comfortable. I want to give people jobs. I want to do more for DC, my city. The mountaintop isn't just for football; it's for life in general. The more people I can help— that's when I'll look back and know I made a difference."
2. Bleacher Report thinks that Josh Allen's 2021 stat line will look like...
Josh Allen had the best statistical season of his career in 2020 after setting single-season franchise records for passer rating, pass completions, passing yards, and passing touchdowns. Bleacher Report NFL writer Maurice Moton predicted the stats for all starting quarterbacks for the 2021 season. He thinks that Allen will have better stats than he did in 2020 and has him throwing for over 5,000 yards.
Buffalo Bills: Josh Allen
While skeptics may question if Josh Allen can build upon a strong campaign, he has the supporting cast and the continuity to top his passing numbers from the previous term.
As Allen's go-to target, Stefon Diggs led the league in catches (127) and receiving yards (1,535) last year. With another offseason together, they could make a strong case as the best quarterback-receiver tandem in the league.
Allen's production should at least remain steady within the same system. Brian Daboll will serve as the Buffalo Bills' play-caller for a fourth consecutive season, which bodes well for his young quarterback, who led the third-ranked aerial attack in 2020.
Lastly, the Bills signed wideout Emmanuel Sanders, a sure-handed veteran who finished each of the last three terms with a catch rate at or above 68 percent.
Allen has a good chance to crack 5,000 passing yards and 40 touchdowns in 2021.
Projected Stats: 426 completions, 622 attempts, 5,045 yards, 43 touchdowns, nine interceptions, 97 carries, 437 rushing yards, six touchdowns
3. Peter King ranked the Bills here in his latest power rankings
In his latest Football Morning in America, Peter King released his latest offseason power rankings and had the Bills at number three. Throughout the offseason, the Bills have seemed to stay in the top five of the rankings and King noted that this is one of the teams that fascinates him.
_#3. Buffalo (13-3, lost AFC championship to Kansas City) _
In rankings like these, I like to favor teams with the arrow pointing up. The Bills went to Kansas City for the AFC Championship Game on an eight-game winning streak. We know how explosive they were all season, but how about the defense Buffalo was playing when it counted? In that eight-game run, the Bills allowed 17.1 points per game. Now they have to find a way to beat Kansas City—they'll match up for the third time in 51 weeks Oct. 10—after losing by nine and 14 last season.
GM Brandon Beane is gambling that his polarizing first-round edge-rusher, Gregory Rousseau, will fortify the biggest need area of the team. Rousseau has had one year of his life rushing the passer at the University of Miami, but the GM believes that 15.5-sack season in 2019 is not an outlier. It'll be up to Sean McDermott to coach Rousseau into a consistent force alongside vets Jerry Hughes and Mario Addison. This team fascinates me. I could see them getting on one of those steamrolling runs the Jim Kelly Bills did a generation ago.
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