Vikings boast two of top three receivers, so far

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The Vikings have plenty of question marks on offense, particularly at the quarterback and running back position. At receiver, they have a couple of exclamation points.

Currently, Stefon Diggs leads the league in receiving, with 391 yards. Adam Thielen sits at No. 3, with 358. (Between them is Steelers receiver Antonio Brown, with 388 yards.)

It’s unclear whether it will last, given uncertainty at quarterback and the absence of Dalvin Cook for the rest of the year. But if the Vikings are going to get to the postseason this year, they’ll need Diggs and Thielen to keep getting it done at a high level for the next 12 games.

41 responses to “Vikings boast two of top three receivers, so far

  1. Their numbers will drop off now that Michael Floyd will become a factor. He gives the Vikings the big, physical receiver they are missing. He had a great rapport with Case all preseason as well, if Case has to play. I’m assuming the top corners on opposing D’s will cover Diggs, whoever gets the #3 corner will have big games. Treadwell had his chance. Just not ready yet. Coley seems to be better than LT already. Adams or Wright will be cut later this week.

  2. mistyzhang says:
    October 4, 2017 at 12:03 pm
    It Laquan Bust, Purpleguy, otherwise known as Troy Williamson 2.0

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    I know you are going for the first round bust angle there, but Treadwell and Williamson literally couldn’t be more different…Williamson was tall and skinny with 4.2 speed and no hands…Treadwell is talll and solid, with 4.6 “speed” and good hands…

  3. That’s going to change now with Dalvin Cook out. Murray and McKinnon don’t need to be accounted for the way Cook was. Tough sledding ahead for the Vikes offense

  4. hardheadedrb says:
    October 4, 2017 at 12:12 pm
    Their numbers will drop off now that Michael Floyd will become a factor. He gives the Vikings the big, physical receiver they are missing. He had a great rapport with Case all preseason as well, if Case has to play. I’m assuming the top corners on opposing D’s will cover Diggs, whoever gets the #3 corner will have big games. Treadwell had his chance. Just not ready yet. Coley seems to be better than LT already. Adams or Wright will be cut later this week.

    I didn’t know Rick Spielman commented on PFT.

  5. mistyzhang says:
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    Treadwell hasn’t worked out… thankfully we have a 5th round pick and UFA that have lit the Packers up over the past year. I guess that’s not that tough considering the amount of first and second round picks that have been busts in GB’s secondary.

  6. ajzinnecker says:
    October 4, 2017 at 12:29 pm
    Why won’t it last? Even last game with not very good QB play they both still had productive games.

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    Because they’ve not played a top 1/2 passing defense yet.

  7. Best WR corp in football. Penalties cost us the Pittsburgh game and turnovers lost it for us in Detroit. Vikings won’t beat themselves again this year. Roll with Case vs the Bears and have Bradford ready for the Slackers week 6. Glad we have a couple cupcakes next two weeks.

  8. nathanp2013 says:
    October 4, 2017 at 12:47 pm
    mistyzhang says:
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    Treadwell hasn’t worked out… thankfully we have a 5th round pick and UFA that have lit the Packers up over the past year. I guess that’s not that tough considering the amount of first and second round picks that have been busts in GB’s secondary.

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    If by “lit up” you mean quit on their coach, tanked the season and sat on the couch while the Packers advanced through the playoffs to the NFCCG, then yes, they certainly “lit them up.”

    As always, just the actual facts.

    Care to try again?

  9. Bradford back in will help. If Floyd gets more passes thrown his way- who cares? Kyle needs more passes too. Doesn’t matter how you roll- just keep rolling. The only stat that matters is wins vs. Ls. The rest is just fluff.

  10. teal379 says:
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    I would invite you to look at their game log from last year when they had a bad o-line and no running game. They put numbers up on some pretty good pass team teams.

    But, great CB’s tend to shut down great WR’s. Ask anybody that has played against Rhodes in the past year like Michael Thomas, Mike Evans, Antonio Brown or OBJ… those 4 guys combined gained less than 150 yards on routes they were matched up against him 1 on 1.

  11. I am not sure what we are going to do. McKinnen goes down when a defender breaths on him. Murry looks like he is running in sand (as another poster observed) and Ham is not an every down back. they need someone to carry the ball who can break a tackle or two and make a linbacker miss once in a while and he is not on the roster now. It will be last year all over again if the d-linemen can tee off on every play knowing it is most likely a pass. maybe we thought to highly of McKinnen or maybe we are just to thin at RB. But the sound you hear is passing yards per reception falling.

    OK Spielman you need to keep earning that big money.

  12. thankfully we have a 5th round pick and UFA that have lit the Packers up over the past year
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    I’m all for optimism and you guys do have two good receivers, no doubt, but you fans are a little wacko. We played two games last year. The first MN won by 3 points in a boring, low scoring affair and the second game you guys got beat soundly by two scores and Jordy ran wild all over a secondary in the process of mutiny. So while a secondary did get lit up last year, it certainly wasn’t ours.

  13. downtownswinga says:
    October 4, 2017 at 12:15 pm
    mistyzhang says:
    October 4, 2017 at 12:03 pm
    It Laquan Bust, Purpleguy, otherwise known as Troy Williamson 2.0

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    I know you are going for the first round bust angle there, but Treadwell and Williamson literally couldn’t be more different…Williamson was tall and skinny with 4.2 speed and no hands…Treadwell is talll and solid, with 4.6 “speed” and good hands…

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    Your actually right. Williamson and Treadwell couldn’t be more different. For instance, Williamson actually caught 24 passes as a rookie and scored twice. He got curt after putting up a combined 1000 yds and 3 TDs in MN. Treadwell has a combined 6 rec for 57yds in 1.25 seasons.

    Williamson was Don Hutson compared to Treadwell who is tied on the Vikings all time receiver list with………………. Joe Webb.

    Let that sink in.

  14. allight59 says:
    October 4, 2017 at 12:51 pm
    Best WR corp in football
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    It’s comments like this that make people just shake their heads at vikings fans.

  15. These guys are both legit so I don’t see a reason for any dropoff. They were both good last year when the Vikings had no running game and no offensive line. Their production isn’t dependent on having a star running back. It helps, but a less effective running game means an increase in the passing game. They’ve been productive with both Bradford and Keenum and Floyd is going to help draw attention away from them. They both run great routes and have great hands. Absent injuries (and why would a Viking ever get injured?), I expect at least 1,200 yards from each of them.

  16. truthbetold109 says:
    October 4, 2017 at 2:49 pm

    allight59 says:
    October 4, 2017 at 12:51 pm

    Best WR corp in football
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    It’s comments like this that make people just shake their heads at vikings fans.
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    Really? Just talking about the top two WRs, what team can you name that has a better pair this year? Based on production, nobody comes close. Keep in mind that WR production is heavily dependent on the quarterback and Diggs and Thielen have played three games with Case Keenum throwing them the ball.

  17. teal379 says:

    October 4, 2017 at 12:48 pm

    ajzinnecker says:
    October 4, 2017 at 12:29 pm
    Why won’t it last? Even last game with not very good QB play they both still had productive games.

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    Because they’ve not played a top 1/2 passing defense yet.

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    We played the Lions Defense who are very good this year. 12 take aways this year. The Bucs were supposedly a good defense. The only really tough Defense we play all year is the Panthers, possibly the Bengals, and Ravens. The rest are nothing scary. No reason to think they can’t keep up good stats unless our Offensive Line takes a huge hit. In fact they might get even more now that are starting running back is hurt.

  18. I love Diggs not because of how well he is doing but because he is so agile and thin that he is able to makes moves, both before and after the catch, that Packer fans can not comprehend which makes their heads explode with frustration in these comment sections.

  19. Thealmightycabbage
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    Diggs and Thielen had 460+ yards recieving and 4 td’s in those 2 games without our starting QB or starting RB or top 6 OT’sfrom week 2 on…. just the facts. While injuries are part of the game and you guys are missing a couple OT’s and your RB for a couple of games… imagine what your offense would look like without your starting QB for an entire season. Talk junk on Bridgewater… but he did win the division in his only full season as starting QB… just the facts.

  20. Let me know when the two of them, combined, equal Jordy’s 5 TDs. Nelson has 17 receptions, 15 1st downs, and 5 TDs.

    You win games with points, not yards. Why can’t Viking fans figure this out?

  21. coach6 Vikings fans didn’t write the article talking about the Vikings’s 2 WR’s in the top 3 in yards.

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    coachkilla6 says:
    October 4, 2017 at 8:14 pm
    Let me know when the two of them, combined, equal Jordy’s 5 TDs. Nelson has 17 receptions, 15 1st downs, and 5 TDs.
    You win games with points, not yards. Why can’t Viking fans figure this out?
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    You should talk to all your fellow Green Bay fans about rati g a defense.

    Looks like again Packer fans want to have it both ways whichever way favors them at the time

  23. nathanp2013 says:
    October 4, 2017 at 6:42 pm
    Thealmightycabbage
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    Diggs and Thielen had 460+ yards recieving and 4 td’s in those 2 games without our starting QB or starting RB or top 6 OT’sfrom week 2 on…. just the facts. While injuries are part of the game and you guys are missing a couple OT’s and your RB for a couple of games… imagine what your offense would look like without your starting QB for an entire season. Talk junk on Bridgewater… but he did win the division in his only full season as starting QB… just the facts.

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    460 yards, 4 Tds, quit on their coach, went 8-8 and sat on the couch while the Packers advanced through the playoffs to the NFCCG. If you’re happy with that, believe me, so am I.

    May they enjoy this same level of “lit up” for their entire Viking careers.

  24. nathanp2013 says:
    October 4, 2017 at 6:42 pm
    Thealmightycabbage
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    Diggs and Thielen had 460+ yards recieving and 4 td’s in those 2 games without our starting QB or starting RB or top 6 OT’sfrom week 2 on…. just the facts. While injuries are part of the game and you guys are missing a couple OT’s and your RB for a couple of games… imagine what your offense would look like without your starting QB for an entire season. Talk junk on Bridgewater… but he did win the division in his only full season as starting QB… just the facts.
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    Just the facts-

    The Vikings won the division in Teddy Bridgewater’s only full season, led by the defense, not Teddy Bridgewater. In fact, in the pivotal final game for the division title, Teddy could only muster 10/19 for 99 yards and an INT. In fact, in 6 of his games that year, he threw 0 TDs and 1 INT.

  25. I don’t really follow some of the logic on here. If you’re the OC or coach and the RB isn’t dynamic, but you have two proven WR’s that are dynamic (and a third coming back – Floyd) are you going to run the ball more, or pass the ball more?

    And don’t give me the BS about not having to stack the box, because Delvin Cook was not getting stacked boxes yet. The strength of Cook wasn’t his ability to take it to the house (like AP or Bell types), it was his VERSATILITY! He can play in any formation.

    So defenses can either continue to play us as they have (without stacked boxes) and get beat steadily by our Elite WR corps (which costs the Vikings about millions less than almost any other WR corps) or they can stack the box against our uninspiring RB replacement and get TORCHED by our Elite WR corps.

    This is of course assuming the Vikings don’t beat themselves by fumbling 3-4x a game as they did last week. And that Bradford or Bridgewater will be at the helm for at least the last 10 weeks of the season.

  26. cheeseisfattening says:
    October 4, 2017 at 9:47 pm
    You should talk to all your fellow Green Bay fans about rati g a defense.
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    Or the NFL. Both good choices.

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