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Bills’ Stefon Diggs never ‘vocal’ about wanting to leave Vikings

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Buffalo Bills wide receiver Stefon Diggs claimed he never actually demanded a trade from the Minnesota Vikings.

Diggs was reportedly frustrated on a number of occasions last season. However, the 26-year-old said he did not voice a desire to leave the team (via Marcel Louis-Jacques of ESPN):

“As far as my past with Minnesota, I never actually said anything,” he said Wednesday. “But, to this new situation, I’m excited. There is no right or wrong or problems to be fixed from my old situation. I have a lot of respect for the Minnesota Vikings. At that time, a trade happened — you’ve kind of got to look at it for what it is. But I never really was vocal about what I did or didn’t like (in Minnesota).”

Things appeared to get better for Diggs in Minnesota as the 2019 season went along.

Diggs went for at least 143 yards in three consecutive games between Week 6 and Week 8, including a 167-yard, three-touchdown outing against the Philadelphia Eagles in Week 6.

But Diggs struggled to get it going in the second half of the year amid a somewhat inconsistent target share. He topped the 100-yard mark just once between Week 9 and the end of the regular season and had a combined four receptions for 76 yards in two playoff games.

Yet while the Vikings did make a marked shift towards becoming a running-oriented team, Diggs claims he was willing to stay the course.

Things should be quite a bit different in Buffalo.

Bills quarterback Josh Allen ranked fifth in average intended air yards, per NFL Next Gen Stats. Diggs’ former signal-caller, Kirk Cousins, ranked towards the bottom of the league in that category.

Buffalo will hope to exploit Diggs’ big-play abilities in an effort to take the offense to the next level.