“I like to buy into a process, and I want to blend in as much as I can and let my play stand out,” Diggs said, via BillsWire.com. “This is going to sound crazy, but I’m a by-the-book guy. (Allen) will just look at me and say, ‘Stef, just get open and catch the ball. I really don’t care what you do before that.’ And that’s hard to hear because I’m so used to timing routes and doing things in a certain type of way. But this is where the creativity comes in. I can mix things up a little bit, and the quarterback trusts me. The only way you can build that trust is by making plays.”
- The Bills restructured Diggs’ contract to create nearly $8 million in cap space on Tuesday. But ESPN’s Marcel Louis-Jacques says it’s more likely Buffalo did that to create room for an extension for Allen later this summer than to make a big trade this month.
Jets first-round QB Zach Wilson has “blown away” OC Mike LaFleur with his desire to study film.
“He wanted to do that on his own,” LaFleur said, per NJ.com’s Joey Chandler. “He wanted to learn the stuff that there is no way he can learn on his own and wanted to hear from us so he could start to process all that.“
LaFleur added that he is happy with where the rookie is at in his development and his desire to learn the offense.
“I don’t feel like we rushed it with him by any means, but there is no doubt, obviously the more film you get to watch with the guy, the more he wants to take in,” LaFleur said. “We are going to adjust what he can take in, and I think he has done really well with it”
In a conversation with his brother, Packers HC Matt LaFleur warned about giving too much to the rookie at one time, but Wilson still wants more information given to him.
“He wants film to the face, and it is almost like, I was talking to my brother, and he was like: ‘You better not burn this guy out. You are taking a lot of film with him,’” LaFleur said “And it’s like, he is the one that wants to watch this film, so it is unique. It’s cool to watch him be able to sit there and stay focused and process all the information we are trying to give him.”
- Mike Reiss of ESPN says QB Mac Jones is putting himself in a position to compete with QB Cam Newton for the starting job by keeping up with learning the challenging playbook.
- Reiss believes that the situation involving a trade for WR Julio Jones is precarious, as it would have to be a good deal in order for New England to take on the financial strain of the veteran receiver’s contract.
- Reiss points out the closeness and obvious trust between Matt Patricia and Bill Belichick in practice, saying that Patricia could seemingly fill the role that football research director Ernie Adams recently retired from.
- With G Joe Thuney moving on to Kansas City in free agency, it appears that former sixth-round G Michael Onwenu will step in to replace him, with returning C Ted Karras providing depth in a backup role.