Anyone who watched the Buffalo Bills open the season in Los Angeles against the Rams might have noticed Stefon Diggs featured in the slot early in the game and was instantly making an impact. So the question remains, was this something Ken Dorsey intents to feature more this season?
This isn’t anything new except that Dorsey featured these plays primarily in the first few series. Assume that was to help Josh Allen get the ball out early against what was assumed to be a fierce pass rush. Diggs has always been a dangerous weapon but given the ability to be creative from the slot, don’t be shocked if you see other wide receivers lined up outside with Diggs nearest to Allen on those 3rd down plays where they have 5-7 yards to cover.
In Diggs first year with Buffalo, he saw a 31.5% snap count from the slot position. That dropped significantly last year with Diggs playing 79.1% of his snaps at an outside receiver position. To open the season, Diggs took 30% of his snaps from the slot position. Of his 9 targets in the game, 6 were within 10 yards of the line of scrimmage. Diggs and Allen have developed great chemistry over the last couple seasons. With the weapons on this offense, getting Diggs open underneath makes a player like Gabriel Davis a very, very, very bad man.