As far as Buffalo Bills legends go, few have accomplished more in their careers than Hall-of-Fame receiver Andre Reed, the Allentown, Pennsylvania born receiver who finished in the top 20 in receiving yards, touchdowns, and receptions by the time his 16-year career was said and done.
Reed, who played 15 of his 16 seasons in Buffalo, played all but five of them with Jim Kelly as his signal caller.
The all-time great QB-WR duo was inducted into the Pro Football Hall-of-Fame in 2002 and 2014, respectively — and now Reed believes as if the franchise may finally have its two worthy successors.
Andre Reed in AFC Championship Games
While the Bills turned in several dominating performances throughout their early 1990s playoff runs, one of their biggest superstars, Reed, was surprisingly quiet in AFC Championship games.
He averaged a little under three receptions per game contest in the Bills’ four wins during the decade, and a little over 30 yards per game, a far cry from his career averages of 4.1 receptions and 56.4 yards per game.
If the Bills are to upset the reigning, defending Super Bowl champion Kansas City Chiefs on the road on Sunday, they’re most likely going to need a better performance from their current receiving king, Stefon Diggs, who put up over 1500 yards receiving and 8 TD’s in leading the Bills to the AFC East Division title.
According to Reed, Diggs and his QB, Josh Allen, have what it takes to be just as special as the Bills’ all-time great duo of which he was a member.
“I think they’re a great combination,” Reed said to TMZ Sports, “like me and Jim!”
Can Diggs, Josh Allen Break Reed and Kelly’s Bills Records?
While Allen and Diggs are still getting their feet wet as one of the league’s top QB-WR duos, Reed sees big things ahead for the big-play passing connection.
“That’s what it’s made to do,” Reed said of his career records to TMZ regarding Diggs, “and I think he definitely has a chance if them two guys stay together for a while.”
The video interview can be seen by clicking here.
My Prediction for Allen and Diggs: Future Hall-of-Famers?
Stefon Diggs has been one of my favorite players since I saw him play at Maryland, and I always thought the Vikings didn’t get as much out of him as his talent would suggest.
This guy has the potential to be an all-time great if he stays with one of the league’s top young QBs, and top QBs period, in Josh Allen.
While it’s up in the air as to whether or not Diggs will break any of Reed’s records or become a Hall-of-Fame caliber player, he definitely has a chance, and so does Allen if everything continues to fall into place.
Until then, enjoy the ride, Bills fans, because we never know what the future may hold.
One thing’s for certain, however: this is a franchise that is due for a Super Bowl win, and I do expect them to return to the big show sometime in the next decade, if most of their key players stick around, of course.
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