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Steelers’ Mike Tomlin praises Bills ‘elite route runner’ Stefon Diggs

If the Steelers want to win Sunday, they will have to limit Bills receiver Stefon Diggs.

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The Buffalo Bills present a unique challenge for the Pittsburgh Steelers in terms of their skill players.

Led by Josh Allen, the Bills have numerous weapons that can beat you on any given Sunday, and Steelers coach Mike Tomlin has his sights set on receiver Stefon Diggs.

He’s an elite route runner. He is one of the best if not the best. I remember when he came into the league, I was just really shocked by the maturity of his route running. When I saw that Keenan McCardell coached him at the University of Maryland, it made sense because I worked with Keenan (McCardell) years ago, man. Keenan (McCardell) was an elite route runner and the spirit in which he (Stefon Diggs) approaches his craft is very similar. It’s like I imagined that that’s a, there’s depth to that relationship. Got a lot of respect for him.

Diggs, 30, caught 100 passes for the fourth straight season with the Bills - and it was considered a down year for him. He managed to record 1,183 yards, his lowest total with the Bills.

But with the playoffs starting up, veterans like Diggs can experience a boost. He’s one of the league’s most experienced playoff performers, playing in 12 postseason games during his career.

In his 13th playoff appearance on Sunday, he’ll likely be tested by rookie cornerback Joey Porter Jr. and veteran Patrick Peterson, both of whom could give him different types of issues.

If the Steelers can find a way to limit him, their chances of winning on Sunday increase tremendously.

The Steelers and Bills are set to kick off at 1 p.m. ET on Sunday inside Highmark Stadium.