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Stefon Diggs is unsure about the NFL starting up with 'so many unanswered questions'

Stefon Diggs is unsure about the NFL starting up with 'so many unanswered questions'

On Tuesday, Cleveland Browns center and NFLPA president J.C. Tretter penned a letter questioning if the NFL is truly prioritizing player safety in its return to work plan, which is expected to begin with training camp at the end of the month.

Hours later, Buffalo Bills wide receiver and former Maryland Terrapin standout Stefon Diggs voiced similar concerns on Twitter, stating "I’d be lying if I said I was comfortable starting back up."

Earlier in the day, he tweeted that he missed football and that he loves the sport.

If and when the NFL does resume this fall, games will be played without fans in some stadiums. Diggs mentioned that it would be "weird" to play in front of an empty stadium, something he's never done before at any level of football.

Even if there are fans at NFL games this fall, they will be away from the playing field. The league has already announced that the first 6-8 rows of each lower bowl section will be blocked off from fans to help slow the spread of the coronavirus. Instead, those sections will be covered with advertisements, similarly to how the Premier League has done during its restart.

Training camp is set to being on July 28, around the same time both the MLB and NBA will begin/resume their respective seasons. With live-action just a few weeks away, we've seen multiple players across both sports opt-out from playing, including Nationals infielder Ryan Zimmerman and Wizards sharpshooter Davis Bertans.

As the NFL season begins to get closer, it's likely only a matter of time before a few players opt-out, too.

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How Stefon Diggs convinced WR Rakim Jarrett to pick Maryland over LSU

How Stefon Diggs convinced WR Rakim Jarrett to pick Maryland over LSU

As much as coaches might do everything they can to entice a player to join their program, sometimes it takes something out of their control to convince a recruit to sign.

In the case of future Maryland wide receiver Rakim Jarrett, that something was Buffalo Bills receiver Stefon Diggs.

Jarrett idolized the former Terp and connected with him on social media while weighing the decision of where to play in college. Despite initially committing to LSU, the D.C. area native changed his mind and opted to sign with Maryland, surprising even head coach Mike Locksley.

“I got to tell you, I was as shocked as everybody when he sent me a text…saying, ‘Coach, I'm ready to do this,’” Locksley told 247Sports in a video published Wednesday. “And I was like, ready to do what? Because we were all of the opinion he would [decide] in February, and he was like, ‘No. I'm ready to do it now.’ I almost fell out my chair.”

Unsure about his connection with LSU’s coaching staff, Jarrett reached out to Diggs to ask for his thoughts on playing in the same area he grew up in. Needless to say, Diggs’ advice resonated with the St. John’s product.

“I hadn't been real aware that they had been communicating,” Locksley said. “And I know in the end, Stefon's conversation with Rakim played a huge part of it. Because I know Rakim grew up, when I recruited Stefon to Maryland, he was a young, seventh, sixth-grader coming to Maryland games.

“This whole area fell in love with the type of player Stefon Diggs was and what he did for Maryland. So I know that those two had a mutual connections in that, here it is, four or five years later, Rakim is in the same position to do something similar.”

Jarrett highlights a deep 2020 recruiting class for Locksley and the Terps. It’s been a successful offseason for the football program, which also landed transfer quarterback Taulia Tagovailoa from Alabama on Friday.

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Basketball game may have tilted the scales in Stefon Diggs' recruitment to Maryland

Basketball game may have tilted the scales in Stefon Diggs' recruitment to Maryland

Stefon Diggs is one of the best players to ever suit up for the University of Maryland football program, but there was a pivotal moment in his recruitment process that may have tilted the scales to make sure the five-star wideout stayed home.

Diggs told that story Friday as a guest on Maryland head coach Mike Locksley's Instagram show, "Late Night with Locks," when Locksley asked him about his most memorable moments as a Terp.

"On my official visit, when I was with you," Diggs said to Locksley, who was Maryland's offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at the time leading up to Diggs' freshman year at College Park in 2012. "And we went to the basketball game, and they showed a lot of love at the basketball game. That played a huge part in my recruitment process, as well. Just as far as like, wanting to stay home and they wanted you to be home."

Diggs remembered the Terps playing an ACC rival like North Carolina or Duke for his recruitment trip, "and I thought that was a big deal."

But Diggs didn't stop there with his trip down Terrapin memory lane. He also talked about a time once he was officially a Terp, and the quarterback room was thinning due to injuries.

"You can imagine I wasn't too happy about that," Diggs said, as Locksley laughed while recalling the same memory. "I was in the office and I was frustrated, and I was like, 'Man, what we gonna do? You tell me.' Because I always went to you and I always looked for you. As the young guys in your program right now, they probably know that you're a mentor. You're a guy that you can trust and have a conversation with, and just like a father-figure as well.

"So, I asked you, 'what we going do?' And you said, 'don't worry about it. Just trust me. I got you. Ima get you the ball.'"

Diggs said he trusted Locksley that day, and he did get the ball the following game. The rest is history.

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