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Bills Today | ESPN analyzes the Bills improvement in passing efficiency

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1. ESPN analyzes the Bills improvement in passing efficiency

ESPN writers Seth Walder and Matt Bowen took a look at some of the offseason moves that took place before the season and explained how teams turned areas of weaknesses into strengths. For the Bills, they focused on the team's increase in passing efficiency and what role Stefon Diggs has played in that.

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Statistical surge: Buffalo's improvement from 20th in EPA per pass play last year to fourth this year is obviously in large part due to quarterback Josh Allen's breakout. But it's hard to underestimate how much Diggs has been a part of that, too. When Allen has targeted a non-Diggs receiver this season, his completion percentage over expectation is plus-1%, an improvement from last season but hardly elite. But when targeting Diggs? Try plus-9%. That is elite. Diggs has accumulated the second-most completed air yards over expectation of any receiver this season, behind only Arizona's DeAndre Hopkins. – Walder

How he's doing it: With high-level route-running traits that speak to his body control, foot speed and sudden separation ability, Diggs has elevated the game of Allen in Brian Daboll's offense. In addition to Daboll's ability to scheme up Diggs on crossers and deep over routes off play-action -- which create open coverage voids for Allen to deliver rhythm throws -- the Bills wide receiver can also win isolation matchups on speed outs, curls and in-breakers. A high-volume target when facing either man or zone schemes, Diggs leads the NFL in both receptions (73) and receiving yards (906) ina system that caters to his strengths within the route tree. -- Bowen

2. Bleacher Report's biggest takeaway from the rookie class

Bleacher Report writer Alex Ballentine went through his biggest takeaways from every team's rookie class. His biggest takeaway from the Bills rookie class so far is that Zack Moss and Gabriel Davis are important pieces to this Bills offense. Both Moss and Davis have made some big plays this season as they continue to learn and grow within this offense.

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Zack Moss was a bit of a surprise pick when the Buffalo Bills spent a third-rounder on a running back just one year after using a third-round selection on Devin Singletary in 2019. However, it has created a good pairing in the Buffalo backfield. Moss has worked himself into at least an equal timeshare with Singletary from the beginning of the season. He's shown a nose for the end zone with three touchdowns on 59 carries, and he's either out-carried or tied Singletary in each of the last three games.

Gabriel Davis has already paid dividends as a fourth-round pick. He's become the team's clear fourth option on offense and has playmaking ability with three touchdowns on the year. The Central Florida product has the ceiling to surpass Cole Beasley and John Brown for the WR2 distinction in the near future. Josh Allen is doing everything he can this season to show he makes Buffalo a dangerous team. The Bills did a good job of finding him some more weapons in the draft.

3. Leslie Frazier has high praise for Kennan Allen

The Bills will look to get their eighth win of the season on Sunday when the Los Angeles Chargers come to town. One of the veteran players that has been a staple of the Chargers offense for many years is wide receiver Keenan Allen. The three-time Pro Bowler had his best game of the season last week against the Jets with 16 receptions for 145 yards and one touchdown. Leslie Frazier spoke highly of Allen and understands they have to find ways to slow him down.

"He's one of the best slot receivers in our game," Frazier stated. "He can make plays outside as well, but he really makes his money on the inside. The performance that he had on Sunday was really magical in a lot of ways and it seems like their quarterback really targets him and looks for him. His numbers have gone up because of that. They've got a great rapport between the two of them and we're going to have to find ways to slow him down. But he's one of the great slot receivers we have in our game."

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