NFL world explodes as Houston Texans acquire Stefon Diggs from Buffalo Bills

Jesse Cinquini
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On Wednesday, folks across the NFL world reacted to news of the Houston Texans trading a 2025 second-round pick to the Buffalo Bills in exchange for wide receiver Stefon Diggs plus a 2024 sixth-round pick and 2025 fifth-round draft choice.

Diggs was an elite offensive player with the Bills in the 2023 campaign. He started each and every one of Buffalo’s 17 regular-season games and finished with 1,183 receiving yards, eight receiving touchdowns and 58 first downs receiving while averaging 6.3 receptions per game and 11.1 receiving yards per reception. His longest reception of the season went for 55 yards.

The 2023 season marked his sixth season in a row with 1,000-plus receiving yards. The last time he finished with less than quadruple digits in receiving yards was all the way back in the 2017 campaign when he was a member of the Minnesota Vikings.

He totaled 100 or more receiving yards on five occasions during the 2023 regular season. All five of those performances came early on in the season in either September or October.

In a loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars on Oct. 8, Diggs accumulated a season-high 121 receiving yards to go along with one receiving touchdown on eight receptions and 11 targets.

Diggs is set to join a Texans team that is fresh off winning the AFC South division with a regular-season record of 10-7. The squad’s offense was led by one of the top young signal-callers in the league in C.J. Stroud, who threw for 4,108 yards and 23 touchdowns compared to only five interceptions in his very first NFL season.

Stroud also helped the Texans win a playoff game against the Cleveland Browns on Jan. 13, as he ended up with 274 passing yards and three touchdowns in a game Houston won by a final score of 45-14. The team ultimately fizzled out in the next round but certainly exceeded expectations during the season.

Texans fans should be excited about the idea of Diggs playing alongside Stroud when the 2024 regular season comes around, as they could make up one of the most lethal offensive duos in the NFL.

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Jesse is an aspiring sports journalist that has previously worked as a staff writer at SB Nation’s CelticsBlog and The Knicks Wall.