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Adam Thielen: I have too much to do to think about how far I’ve come

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Vikings wide receiver Adam Thielen’s place in the NFL looks a lot different this May than it did a year ago.

Thielen established himself as a regular on the special teams in Minnesota in 2014 and 2015, but he didn’t play much on offense and had 20 catches on his record heading into the 2016 season. Thielen got a chance to do more in his third season and made the most of it by catching 69 passes for 967 yards and five touchdowns.

The undrafted player from Minnesota State parleyed that into a three-year extension that can be worth as much as $27 million, but he’s not spending his time thinking about the change in circumstances.

“I’m waiting until I’m done playing to reflect,” Thielen said, via the Pioneer Press. “I’ve got too much to work on, too many big goals, to reflect on anything. I’m just going to come out here everyday and try to get better and bring the same mindset I’ve brought since I got to the league.”

Thielen’s breakout year has him ahead of 2016 first-round pick Laquon Treadwell on the depth chart at wideout for the Vikings. The team has been talking up Treadwell, but Thielen showed he was a reliable target last season and that will make it harder for Treadwell to race past him as they set up the receiving corps this offseason.

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17 Responses to “Adam Thielen: I have too much to do to think about how far I’ve come”
  1. jtbaudendistel says: May 29, 2017 2:14 PM

    Go get em Pal.

  2. hmmm71 says: May 29, 2017 2:19 PM

    Great story – shows that hard work and the right attitude can ultimately mean more than draft status. More stories like this should be shared with kids.

    Congratulations on your contract, Adam – very well deserved!

  3. jimbobcooterqbtutor says: May 29, 2017 2:24 PM

    As a Lions fan, this guy surprised me. He reminds me of former Patriots great wite receiver……

    …..Troy Brown.

  4. Liberalsruineverything says: May 29, 2017 2:24 PM

    There’s nothing Thielen can’t do if he wants to. He could probably play safety if needed. Upper Midwest work ethic on full display.

  5. The Almighty Cabbage says: May 29, 2017 2:30 PM

    “The team has been talking up Treadwell, but Thielen showed he was a reliable target last season and that will make it harder for Treadwell to race past him as they set up the receiving corps this offseason.”

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    Good for Thielen. It’s always nice to see hard work pay off. That said, Treadwell may turn out to be a decent receiver but he isn’t about to “race” past anybody.

  6. walker1191 says: May 29, 2017 2:50 PM

    What? No mention of Thielen planning his celebratory endzone dances for the coming season?

  7. jermainewiggins says: May 29, 2017 3:05 PM

    This is another reason why we love having this guy on our team, HOOKED ON A THIELEN!

    SKOL!

  8. whatjusthapped says: May 29, 2017 3:06 PM

    A few more catches and the Vikings might even overtake the Lion’s for 2nd place.

  9. purpwalk says: May 29, 2017 3:58 PM

    If it works, don’t fix it.

  10. filthymcnasty3 says: May 29, 2017 5:09 PM

    Thielan was a bright spot in what otherwise is a sea of despair and hopelessness.

  11. GenXJ says: May 29, 2017 7:41 PM

    Those new gb cb’s will underestimate Thielen; just as others had.

  12. stellarperformance says: May 29, 2017 7:54 PM

    This guy was very good this past season.

  13. maestro1899 says: May 29, 2017 8:10 PM

    Thielen has outplayed Treadwell and deserves to start. It’s not even close. Just like how Kaepernick should at least be backing up somewhere and maybe starting.

    #trans-am

  14. mnfaninil says: May 29, 2017 9:27 PM

    Same guy whether he has $27 or $27 million in the bank. Just loves football.

  15. flviking says: May 29, 2017 9:31 PM

    Coach Craig T. Nelson said Thielen was his all time favorite Screaming Eagle.

  16. h0metownzero says: May 29, 2017 9:31 PM

    He played very well last season. It would be very interesting to see what he could do with a top 25 QB.

  17. ducks4remi says: May 31, 2017 8:49 AM

    Only in Minny would a reporter ask a player to “reflect” on a season where he didn’t even get 1,000 yds. He had a decent year but lets not confuse this guy with Jerry Rice.

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