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Hours apart on March 16, the Buffalo Bills and Arizona Cardinals pulled off two of the defining moves of the NFL’s offseason, trading for wide receivers Stefon Diggs and DeAndre Hopkins, respectively.
Nine weeks into the 2020 NFL season, both trades can be described as a resounding success.
As the Bills (7-2) and Cardinals (5-3) prepare for their matchup Sunday in Arizona (4:05 p.m. ET, CBS), Diggs leads the league in receptions (63) and receiving yards (813), while Hopkins ranks third (60) and fifth (734), respectively. Each has three TDs as they continue to build chemistry with their young quarterbacks following a truncated offseason because of the coronavirus pandemic.
“I’ve been watching Hop for a long time. He’s damn sure not like any of the other receivers … one thing I can say is he’s gonna catch the ball,” Diggs said. “He’s got great hands, he’s fast — he can do pretty much everything. My respect for his game is at the