1. Stefon Diggs makes ESPN All-Pro Team
Bills receiver Stefon Diggs was already named to the Pro Bowl this past week. This week he was named to ESPN's Bill Barnwell's All-Pro Team for 2020. Here was Barnwell’s assessment of Diggs’ play this season.
Wide receiver: Stefon Diggs
There are five excellent candidates for three wideout spots, so I'm going to make two sets of fans very angry. Let's start with the league leader in receiving yards, Diggs, who was expected to be getting into daily fistfights with Josh Allen by this point of the season. Those post-trade expectations could not have turned out to be more wrong. Diggs has had a preternatural link with his new quarterback all season and has pushed the Bills to a new level.
The former Vikings star leads the league in catches and targets, but he's more than strictly volume. NFL Next Gen Stats assigns Diggs 158 targets and an expected catch rate on those passes of 64.5%. His actual catch rate is 75.9%, for a difference of 11.4%; the only other guy ahead of him with 75 targets or more is the Titans' Corey Davis(13.2%) and the player right below him is Justin Jefferson (9.6%), the guy the Vikings drafted to replace Diggs. What a win-win trade.
Diggs enters Week 17 as the league leader in receptions and receiving yards.
2. Cole Beasley working to get back
Bills WR Cole Beasley suffered a knee injury late in Monday night's game against the Patriots and did not return to the game. He also has not practiced at all this week as head coach Sean McDermott termed Beasley "week to week."
But his offensive teammates say that the slot receiver is already working very hard with the athletic training staff to get healthy for the postseason.
"I know, Cole is going to do everything in his power to be out there and if it's not this week, it'll be next week," said Josh Allen. "He's chomping at the bit already so he's going to attack the next week and a half hard and do whatever he can to get back on the field."
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3. Josh Allen's wish for 2021
Bills QB Josh Allen has accomplished a lot of things in 2020, but with respect to the new year, Buffalo's signal caller has more goals he'd like to see his team reach.
"Well just playing until February and securing a World Championship," Allen said. "That's obviously everybody's goal that's going into the playoffs and there's still some teams trying to make it, but our main goal is to give ourselves a chance and that was taken care of when we won the East. Now we've got a chance and we've got to go put our best foot forward but it starts with Miami on Sunday."
Allen has never been about personal numbers, but he has a chance to set a record for the highest single-season passer rating in team history to go along with the single-season touchdown pass record he set last Monday night of 34.