The player who may be impacted the most may be their biggest acquisition this offseason, which was Stefon Diggs who they traded with the Minnesota Vikings for. While the coaching staff and players are doing their best in virtual sessions, and Diggs did join Josh Allen in Florida for some offseason workouts, they are still losing reps and valuable practice time.
The timing between quarterback and wide receiver is critical and it is important that Allen and Diggs are on the same play by the time they take the field against the New York Jets in Week 1. The question is can they get the same volume of snaps for these two players without opening them up to potential injuries with more snaps in a shorter period of time.
If they limit the snaps it does cut down the potential risk for injury but a case could be made that this would have a bigger negative impact. The live action reps lost between Allen and Diggs could result in this offense getting off to a slow start, which with the way the schedule is set up, they can’t afford.
This offseason has created unique challenges for the Buffalo Bills and the rest of the NFL. A potentially shortened preseason is just another hurdle Sean McDermott and this coaching staff will need to account for and figure out the best way to minimize the impact.