Everything everyone predicted came true. Teams started using double-moves to catch him looking at the QB, teams would test him with timing routes, teams would just stay away from him. None of it mattered. The headline reads “Trevon Diggs Gets 8” because nobody can stop this kid.
Trevon Diggs Gets 8
Interception #8 was a beauty. Diggs was 1-1 on the rookie Pitts, again covering the other team’s best receiver, with Pitts running a deep out. Diggs gives Pitts room, respecting his speed but breaks early on the route. Pitts gets turned around trying to locate the ball which is high and fast but Diggs never loses sight of it. Well, for a moment he does as he secures the catch behind his head while on the move showing off those WR hands.
Matt Ryan’s face, as he walked off the field, told the story “Why did I throw it at Diggs? Why? Why?
Trevon has multiple ways to get his hands on the ball. His first pick of the season came against the Buccaneers when the receiver decided to play hot-potato with the ball and Diggs snatched it out of the air on the run. He uses his incredible length to close down windows that QB’s thought were open and it’s lucky if he only knocks it down. Trevon also does his homework, more than once he has jumped the route knowing what was coming and being able to precisely gauge where to be for that QB/receiver combo to get his hands on the ball. He got a pick-six against the Eagles doing this. Trevon can also run a better route than some of the receivers and he is at the timing point with leverage to fight for the ball. The Panthers saw him pick their pocket doing this.
Diggs is the real deal, and since he is being deployed to shadow the other team’s best receiver it’s going to be tough for teams to ice him. Instead, they are going to keep trying to find ways to bait him, which has worked a few times. 8 interceptions and counting. I’ll take those odds.
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