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More Touches for Diggs

Having your star player touch the ball just eight or ten times a game seems like a bit of a waste of talent to me. Now, I don't profess to be an expert when it comes to offensive sets and game plans; but I have to believe there's a way to get the ball into Stefon Diggs' hands a bit more often.

The question is: How can we do that? Right now, the vast majority of his touches come through the passing game and special teams. The runs that have been designed for him are on sweeps and reverses, both of which force him to get the ball ten yards behind the line of scrimmage, where he goes into motion, signaling the defense as to which way he's going, making it (relatively) easy for a spy to stay with him.

For those with greater knowledge than I, is it feasible to - or do we already - line him up in the backfield, and use him on pitch/sweeps, or as a decoy for our running attack? With someone that dangerous, faking a pitch to Diggs to one side, would force the defense to react in that direction, making blocks much easier for the offensive line on a handoff to Ross or Reid to the opposite side. Then, when the defense adjusts, pitch it to Diggs (now just four yards from the line of scrimmage), and let him do his thing against a flat-footed defense.

If we're already doing that and I've somehow missed it, that's fine. But are there other ways to get the ball into his hands a bit more often?

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