Adam Thielen is on pace to set the single-season reception record

AP

In 2002, Hall of Fame receiver Marvin Harrison shattered the single-season reception record, moving the bar from 123 to 143. Sixteen years later, Vikings receiver Adam Thielen is on pace to nudge the thing upward by more than 10.

Through six games in 2018, Thielen has 58 catches. That’s more than any player has ever had through six games in league history, and it puts him on pace for 154 for the season.

Sure, he has to keep it up for 10 more games. Given the struggles of the Minnesota running attack (that said, Latavius Murray had 155 yards on Sunday), Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins will likely continue to feed Thielen aggressively.

With 11 catches for 123 yards on Sunday, Thielen also has a league-leading 712 receiving yards. He also has the longest streak of 100-yard games to start a season in the Super Bowl era, and he’s one game shy of the all-time mark of seven, set by Charley Hennigan of the AFL’s Houston Oilers.

Not bad for a guy who’s averaging only $4.8 million on his current contract. It’s safe to say that will be changing after the current campaign.

23 responses to “Adam Thielen is on pace to set the single-season reception record

  1. Hooked on a Thielen….

    And you don’t hear Thielen complaining about his contract. In 2016 he made $600,000. When he signed his new deal in March of 2017 – it was a 3 year, $27 mil deal with $11 mil guaranteed.

    Adam was good with that.

    While some media types think he has to get a new deal now, here are Adam’s thoughts:

    “For me I’m worried about football, I’m worried about coming out here and practicing and grinding every single day, that’s why I pay an agent, that’s why I have an agent, he takes care of that stuff so I don’t have to worry about it,” Thielen said. “When I signed my contract before last season, that’s why I did it, I didn’t want to have to worry about money, I didn’t want to have to worry about my contract.”

    ”When we’re in the building in meeting rooms we hold each other accountable,” Thielen said. “Diggs is the first one to tell me I ran a terrible route and that’s how you want it to be. You want a guy who’s going to push you.”

    ”The best offenses that I’ve ever seen are the teams that can’t just go to one guy,” Thielen said. “Also when you have a really good receiver like Diggs, it opens up for other guys to get the ball as well. That’s why you want those guys on your team, you want guys who are big-time playmakers on your team.”

    Some players have an ego that requires them to be the highest or amongst the highest paid. Other players understand that they are being rewarded handsomely for playing a game. They also understand that it takes other players efforts for them to be successful.

  2. The crazy accurate throws Cousins is making and the route running and hands of Thielen makes it look like they’ve been doing this for years. I grew up not far from Detroit Lakes. This is surreal what Thielen is doing and how it all began.

  3. Thielen … I’m a Packers’ fan, born and reared, and I really like this guy. No crap talk, just goes out and plays AND plays well. None of the usual NFL receiver prima-donna stuff. Guy is just something else.

  4. All Vikings fans over the age of 40 have seen the end of this movie a million times and it always ends in a soul crushing defeat.

  5. Great combination, Cousins to Thielen. If the Vikings can get their defense back to where it was and keep running the ball well, they’re going to win a lot of games.

  6. He’s like Odell Beckham except Thielen is great, and he’s underpaid, and there’s no whining, and his hair isn’t died like a 14 year old kid, and he’s not entitled or conceited.

    Hooked on A. Thielen!

  7. There are a lot of differences in how they started out and certainly in their personalities, but in the way they play Thielen reminds me a lot of a faster Cris Carter. Elite route runner, great hands, spectacular catches, highly prolific, and always there when you need him. Another similarity is that the Vikings got them both for practically nothing.

  8. I think it’s kind of ridiculous. I know players want to get paid. It is just the crazy money teams have to give up for (1) player. It can cripple the whole team because funds won’t be there to keep the team together. Once one guy gets paid then they all want the same amount or else it’s not fair and I would agree. Thielen deserves to get paid more for sure. I hope it don’t cripple the team though. Good luck winning a SB if they have to give up the mansion to pay one guy.

  9. gtodriver says:
    October 15, 2018 at 7:08 am

    When he signed his new deal in March of 2017 – it was a 3 year, $27 mil deal with $11 mil guaranteed.
    ________

    I’m not sure where you got your numbers but it was actually a 4-year $19.246 million deal with $9.646 million guaranteed. If he were making $9 million a year that wouldn’t be too bad but at about half that, he’s highly underpaid for his production. Still, he isn’t a free agent until 2021 so if he’s going to get more money it will have to be out of the goodness of the Vikings’ heart. There isn’t a lot of extra change in the couch cushions right now, though.

  10. marvin1958 says:
    October 15, 2018 at 7:45 am
    Thielen … I’m a Packers’ fan, born and reared, and I really like this guy. No crap talk, just goes out and plays AND plays well. None of the usual NFL receiver prima-donna stuff. Guy is just something else

    @@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@

    He is a Jordy Nelson clone. Jordy was the same, never talked, just went out and tore the hearts out of Viking fans like me.

  11. He is a product of rules gerrymandering to allow mediocre players to put up insane numbers. How successful would he have been in the 60’s, 70’s, 80’s, or 90’s?

  12. rho1953 says:
    October 15, 2018 at 12:18 pm
    He is a product of rules gerrymandering to allow mediocre players to put up insane numbers. How successful would he have been in the 60’s, 70’s, 80’s, or 90’s?
    ****

    I think it’s time to move past that.

  13. Adam Thielen is on pace to set the single-season reception record
    Posted by Mike Florio on October 15, 2018, 6:48 AM EDT
    AP

    In 2002, Hall of Fame receiver Marvin Harrison shattered the single-season reception record, moving the bar from 123 to 143. Sixteen years later, Vikings receiver Adam Thielen is on pace to nudge the thing upward by more than 10.

    Through six games in 2018, Thielen has 58 catches. That’s more than any player has ever had through six games in league history, and it puts him on pace for 154 for the season.

    Sure, he has to keep it up for 10 more games. Given the struggles of the Minnesota running attack (that said, Latavius Murray had 155 yards on Sunday), Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins will likely continue to feed Thielen aggressively.

    With 11 catches for 123 yards on Sunday, Thielen also has a league-leading 712 receiving yards. He also has the longest streak of 100-yard games to start a season in the Super Bowl era, and he’s one game shy of the all-time mark of seven, set by Charley Hennigan of the AFL’s Houston Oilers.

    Not bad for a guy who’s averaging only $4.8 million on his current contract. It’s safe to say that will be changing after the current campaign.
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    gtodriver says:
    October 15, 2018 at 7:08 am

    Hooked on a Thielen….

    And you don’t hear Thielen complaining about his contract. In 2016 he made $600,000. When he signed his new deal in March of 2017 – it was a 3 year, $27 mil deal with $11 mil guaranteed.

    Adam was good with that.

    While some media types think he has to get a new deal now, here are Adam’s thoughts:

    “For me I’m worried about football, I’m worried about coming out here and practicing and grinding every single day, that’s why I pay an agent, that’s why I have an agent, he takes care of that stuff so I don’t have to worry about it,” Thielen said. “When I signed my contract before last season, that’s why I did it, I didn’t want to have to worry about money, I didn’t want to have to worry about my contract.”

    ”When we’re in the building in meeting rooms we hold each other accountable,” Thielen said. “Diggs is the first one to tell me I ran a terrible route and that’s how you want it to be. You want a guy who’s going to push you.”

    ”The best offenses that I’ve ever seen are the teams that can’t just go to one guy,” Thielen said. “Also when you have a really good receiver like Diggs, it opens up for other guys to get the ball as well. That’s why you want those guys on your team, you want guys who are big-time playmakers on your team.”

    Some players have an ego that requires them to be the highest or amongst the highest paid. Other players understand that they are being rewarded handsomely for playing a game. They also understand that it takes other players efforts for them to be successful.
    Liberalsruineverything says:
    October 15, 2018 at 7:09 am

    The crazy accurate throws Cousins is making and the route running and hands of Thielen makes it look like they’ve been doing this for years. I grew up not far from Detroit Lakes. This is surreal what Thielen is doing and how it all began.
    marvin1958 says:
    October 15, 2018 at 7:45 am

    Thielen … I’m a Packers’ fan, born and reared, and I really like this guy. No crap talk, just goes out and plays AND plays well. None of the usual NFL receiver prima-donna stuff. Guy is just something else.
    vikesfansteve says:
    October 15, 2018 at 8:56 am

    All Vikings fans over the age of 40 have seen the end of this movie a million times and it always ends in a soul crushing defeat.
    billzbubb says:
    October 15, 2018 at 9:27 am

    Great combination, Cousins to Thielen. If the Vikings can get their defense back to where it was and keep running the ball well, they’re going to win a lot of games.
    ragnarthemagnificent says:
    October 15, 2018 at 9:31 am

    He’s like Odell Beckham except Thielen is great, and he’s underpaid, and there’s no whining, and his hair isn’t died like a 14 year old kid, and he’s not entitled or conceited.

    Hooked on A. Thielen!
    Rob Brzezinski is a Magician says:
    October 15, 2018 at 10:16 am

    There are a lot of differences in how they started out and certainly in their personalities, but in the way they play Thielen reminds me a lot of a faster Cris Carter. Elite route runner, great hands, spectacular catches, highly prolific, and always there when you need him. Another similarity is that the Vikings got them both for practically nothing.
    wdnemesis says:
    October 15, 2018 at 10:30 am

    I think it’s kind of ridiculous. I know players want to get paid. It is just the crazy money teams have to give up for (1) player. It can cripple the whole team because funds won’t be there to keep the team together. Once one guy gets paid then they all want the same amount or else it’s not fair and I would agree. Thielen deserves to get paid more for sure. I hope it don’t cripple the team though. Good luck winning a SB if they have to give up the mansion to pay one guy.
    Rob Brzezinski is a Magician says:
    October 15, 2018 at 11:28 am

    gtodriver says:
    October 15, 2018 at 7:08 am

    When he signed his new deal in March of 2017 – it was a 3 year, $27 mil deal with $11 mil guaranteed.
    ________

    I’m not sure where you got your numbers but it was actually a 4-year $19.246 million deal with $9.646 million guaranteed. If he were making $9 million a year that wouldn’t be too bad but at about half that, he’s highly underpaid for his production. Still, he isn’t a free agent until 2021 so if he’s going to get more money it will have to be out of the goodness of the Vikings’ heart. There isn’t a lot of extra change in the couch cushions right now, though.
    kapptocousins says:
    October 15, 2018 at 11:40 am

    marvin1958 says:
    October 15, 2018 at 7:45 am
    Thielen … I’m a Packers’ fan, born and reared, and I really like this guy. No crap talk, just goes out and plays AND plays well. None of the usual NFL receiver prima-donna stuff. Guy is just something else

    @@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@

    He is a Jordy Nelson clone. Jordy was the same, never talked, just went out and tore the hearts out of Viking fans like me.
    rho1953 says:
    October 15, 2018 at 12:18 pm

    He is a product of rules gerrymandering to allow mediocre players to put up insane numbers. How successful would he have been in the 60’s, 70’s, 80’s, or 90’s?

    —————

    Dude runs a 4.40 40yd. Dude has hands. Dude is pretty damn big.

    I think he would have done great in the 60s, 70s, 80s, and 90s.

    I think the main knock on him is that he’s a white guy. It’s like how Jordy Nelson was “a good route runner” or a “smart route runner” when in reality he was one of the best athletes on the field. You don’t put up the season with mediocre QB play like Thielen did last year, nor have a start to this season that he’s had, without being very talented. Yes, he’s getting a lot of targets, but he’s also catching a high % of those targets. He also never comes off the field, and there’s something to be said for a WR running 30 yards or more every play and never taking a breather.

    Anyone that hates on this guy needs a stat or two to fall back on, because from an eye test standpoint, he’s the real deal.

    Before you lose your mind, I hate the Vikings. I just respect what Thielen has been able to do.

  14. Anyone catch the comment one of the announcers made about Thielen? It was something like, “He’s not the most athletic receiver, but he gets the job done….”

    Has this guy watched any of his games? Thielen might be the most athletic receiver in the game. Unreal.

  15. Thielen is just an amazingly good route runner with exceptional hand-eye coordination. The Vikes really lucked out. Makes a guy wonder how many other exceptional athletes are out there that could be NFL stars, but never get the chance. I also remember a clueless opposing fan calling him a flash in the pan last year.

  16. I recognize I have no equity here but Adam Thielen is a great football player and easy to root for. And is a tremendous bargain.

    I was surprised to realize the Vikings only have $11 million in cap room left for next season, a figure which doesn’t include Sheldon Richardson. The only candidates to provide much salary relief seem to be Griffen, Waynes, Rudolph and Sendejo. The magician has some work to do.

  17. vikesfansteve says:
    October 15, 2018 at 8:56 am
    All Vikings fans over the age of 40 have seen the end of this movie a million times and it always ends in a soul crushing defeat
    ——————

    If you’re over 40 you are most certainly an adult and should know not to get emotionally invested into an activity that you have zero control on the outcome. It’s entertainment, that’s all.

  18. What’s with the copying and pasting? If you’ve got something to say, say it and move on! Stop wasting everyone’s time!

  19. Thielen has earned a new contract. This guy is money, the best hands of any receiver in the league.

    From now on, the Vikings should refrain from drafting receivers in the first or second round. Since 2005, they’ve drafted Troy Williamson, Sidney Rice, Percy Harvin, Cordarelle Patterson, and Treadwell. None of these guys were or are anywhere near as good as Thielen or Diggs.

  20. chillyball says:
    October 16, 2018 at 11:11 am
    Of all the Viking records, I probably will like this one the most: 0-5 in Superbowls — if you can get there.

    Superbowls
    Keep
    On
    Losing

    ////////////

    Nice try but you didn’t even get the stat right! Dumbarse

  21. mrdarkness13 says:
    October 16, 2018 at 12:14 pm
    chillyball says:
    October 16, 2018 at 11:11 am
    Of all the Viking records, I probably will like this one the most: 0-5 in Superbowls — if you can get there.

    Superbowls
    Keep
    On
    Losing

    ////////////

    Nice try but you didn’t even get the stat right! Dumbarse

    ———————-

    Can you read? I know the Vikings are 0-4, homie. I was PREDICTING 0-5…read every word next time.

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