Stefon Diggs says he is ‘happy’ with Texans

Stefon Diggs says he is ‘happy’ with Texans
Stefon Diggs says he is ‘happy’ with Texans

Stefon Diggs said he is happy to play for the Texans and praised Josh Allen, his former teammate on the Bills.

HOUSTON — Two months after being traded from the Buffalo Bills to the Houston Texans, Stefon Diggs says Josh Allen was an “important piece in my career.”

Making his first comments since the trade, the Texans wide receiver said he was “happy” when Houston made its 2025 second-round pick (via the Minnesota Vikings) to acquire him. Diggs said he has “a lot of love” for the Bills quarterback after their four years as teammates.

“When I left Minnesota, I was a good player. But I always felt more for myself. I felt like I was better than that. And that I could be better than that. And up until that point, I was like, ‘Shit, I’m going to roll the dice and betting on myself,'” Diggs said. “When I got to Buffalo, Josh was and still is my guy. People don’t really understand what it’s like to be there. He really embraced me. We spent a lot of time together and I probably wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for him.”

In April, Allen shared similar sentiments about Diggs, saying, “Stef helped me become the quarterback I am today and I will always thank him for that.”

Before Diggs landed in Buffalo in 2020, the 2015 fifth-round pick had 4,623 receiving yards and 30 touchdowns in five seasons with the Vikings.

But after the Bills packaged their 2020 first-round pick to acquire Diggs, he ranked first in receptions (445), fourth in touchdowns (37) and fourth in receiving yards (5,372). Those statistics earned him All-Pro honors twice and Diggs made the Pro Bowl four times.

Diggs signed a four-year, $104 million contract extension with the Bills in April 2022, but by the 2023 season he felt he was “going in that direction,” to be traded. He went through an offensive coordinator change after the Bills fired Ken Dorsey following a Week 10 loss to the Denver Broncos. He also saw his production drop after a strong start to his 2023 season.

From Weeks 1-9, Diggs had 834 receiving yards (third in the NFL), 70 receptions (first), and seven touchdowns (second). But from Weeks 10-18, he had 37 receptions (tied for 30th), 349 yards (59th) and one touchdown (tied for 94th).

“We had some ups and downs, especially after the first eight games. We had a coaching change and different things went different ways, different schemes,” Diggs admitted. “You know the ups and downs. I felt it a little bit in the air… I told God to light my path and here I am, so He doesn’t make mistakes.”

Diggs, 30, is all smiles in Houston and says he’s in a good place and the Texans are pleased with his acquisition.

The former Maryland player has participated in OTAs and mandatory minicamps. He has been a veteran presence for younger receivers like Tank Dell, Nico Collins and John Metchie III.

“What I’ve seen is a guy that I thought we were going to catch. A guy that made plays and every time we threw the ball to him, he went down,” coach DeMeco Ryans said. “A guy with safe hands. A very good teammate, great energy in the building and in the locker room with the guys. So I’m excited to continue to see his growth.”

Diggs trained with his teammates outside the facility and had a throwing session with quarterback CJ Stroud in Los Angeles.

“Diggs is settling in really well, he came in with his head down and just working,” Stroud said. “He’s helping me a lot. He came in and was a leader, so I’m proud of him. He was selfless and wanted to watch other guys eat. That was the main thing he wanted to be around the dogs. He stepped into that role in there’s a dog everywhere.”

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