Mike Zimmer downplays Stefon Diggs offseason absences

AP

The question of players participating or not participating in voluntary offseason workouts seems to hover over every year’s voluntary offseason workouts.

On Saturday, Vikings coach Mike Zimmer downplayed the fact that receiver Stefon Diggs apparently has not been a full participant in offseason workouts, at a time when the Vikings are installing a new offensive scheme.

“He’s been here,” Zimmer said regarding Diggs at his annual youth football camp, via Chris Tomasson of the St. Paul Pioneer Press. “He’s been to most of them.”

This implies that he hasn’t been to all of them. He skipped at least the first two OTA sessions, showing up for the third while spending most of the offseason working out in the Washington, D.C. area. It’s unclear whether Diggs has missed any others beyond the first two.

But Diggs knows how to go about picking up a new offense; he’s done it four times in five NFL seasons. And unlike other high-profile players who are getting up to speed in new cities with new teammates and new coaches and new playbooks and new everything, Diggs is continuing a pro career that has been exclusively confined to Minnesota.

Basically, he’ll be ready to do the things he’s done throughout his time with the Vikings. Success or failure in 2019 will depend much more on whether others on the roster step up.

39 responses to “Mike Zimmer downplays Stefon Diggs offseason absences

  1. No worries about Diggs. Some of the best hands, best route running and one of the best athletes in the league. He’s got a little attitude but is no diva. He’ll be balling out as usual.

  2. The Vikings have some things to worry about–like the O-line, for instance–but Diggs is not one of those things. He’ll be just fine.

  3. Diggs is not upset, he is not bitter, and he is not a distraction. He will be just fine with picking up the offense.

  4. As much as I love Diggs it is fair to say he has some durability issues. I’m ok with him keeping some miles off the tires in OTA’s

  5. No issues with this at all. If you watched the press conference, you would see that Zimmer has no problem with it either. BTW … watch the press conference. Zimmer’s daughter Kory, is a knock-out!

  6. mnwrestlinggovjessenavyseal:
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    Actually Minnesota is quite beautiful, all 4 seasons, & some of the nicest people I’ve ever met. If you don’t like it, good, don’t live there you won’t get in the way. Hopefully I’ll be able to retire there someday.

  7. I mean…can you imagine if anyone on the Packers was reportedly missing from practices?

    The Minnesota faithful would be giddy.

    But 8-7-1 is just fine. No need to practice so you can improve on that.

  8. He is using his off-season to really carve the bores and the slackers. No need for being there since he always knows how to come out and torch those two teams!

  9. “But Diggs knows how to go about picking up a new offense; he’s done it four times in five NFL seasons. And unlike other high-profile players who are getting up to speed in new cities with new teammates and new coaches and new playbooks and new everything, Diggs is continuing a pro career that has been exclusively confined to Minnesota.”
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    DOUBLE STANDARDS. Either it’s okay for veteran WRs to miss some OTAs or it’s not. Stop making excuses while roasting other WRs you don’t like for doing the EXACT same thing.

  10. Yeah 8-7-1 is a disappointment, but its not a six win season with a loss to the team with the number 1 overall pick. But GB did lead the league in excuses and whining about their injury prone qb for the second straight year.

  11. And yet, the Packers tried to improve during the off-season.

    What did the Vikings do to improve on their record?

    I missed those articles.

  12. O for 59 says:
    June 8, 2019 at 5:39 pm
    And yet, the Packers tried to improve during the off-season.

    What did the Vikings do to improve on their record?

    I missed those articles.
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    Installed a new offense that will run the ball. Hired the Kubiaks to install a zone blocking scheme to help with running the ball. Drafted a day one starting Center and potential starting Guard that are perfectly equipped for zone blocking. Drafted a younger faster Latavius Murray to help run the ball. Any more questions?

  13. Working out with local high school team.. Needed a QB who can throw more than 5 yds down field

  14. O for 59 says:
    June 8, 2019 at 5:39 pm
    And yet, the Packers tried to improve during the off-season.

    What did the Vikings do to improve on their record?

    I missed those articles.
    —————–
    And I have missed any article showing how and team HAS improved. I see a lot of opinion pieces and if any show a positive out look for Green Bay cheese eaters eat them up like they are fact. Are those maybe the you are missing for the Vikings?

  15. O for 59 says:
    June 8, 2019 at 5:39 pm
    And yet, the Packers tried to improve during the off-season.

    What did the Vikings do to improve on their record?

    I missed those articles

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

    0-59 sounds like another free screen name.

  16. I’m not saying the Packers have improved. I’m saying they tried.

    They have on paper, but until they play the games we won’t know.

    So you’re saying that giving the ball more to a running back that cant play three games without suffering a season ending injury is how they’re going to improve?

    It’s a bold strategy, Cott. Let’s see if it pays off.

  17. For once I agree with Viking fans, Diggs absence is not an issue. The issue is the guy throwing him the ball, Mr. Fumblarusk, he is at root of most of the Viking losses last year.

  18. O for 59 says:
    June 8, 2019 at 6:14 pm
    I’m not saying the Packers have improved. I’m saying they tried.

    They have on paper, but until they play the games we won’t know.

    So you’re saying that giving the ball more to a running back that cant play three games without suffering a season ending injury is how they’re going to improve?

    It’s a bold strategy, Cott. Let’s see if it pays off.
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    It’s hard to explain to someone that doesn’t know much about football but I’ll try. The Vikings were 13-3 in 2017 and made it to the NFCC by running the ball, not turning the ball over and dominating the time of possession by having a fresh defense that was historically the best in 3rd down (get off) percentage. All done with a good third string QB.
    That team identity was lost last year by putting too much pressure on Cousins and the defense. Nobody goes anywhere in the NFL without a decent offensive line and a running game. As a Packer fan you should know that by now free.

  19. Ohhhhh. I see.

    So you’re pinning all your hopes on everyone else getting worse and than you, as opposed to getting better yourselves.

    Your running back is glass, your defense is regressing. Your QB is still a 3rd string QB. People are figuring out Zimmer’s defense. And you don’t know if your offensive line will be any better. You’re just assuming they will be.

    And I don’t understand the free stuff. Aren’t all our accounts free? Are some of you idiots paying to comment?

  20. O for 59 says:

    But 8-7-1 is just fine. No need to practice so you can improve on that.

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    Based on your name I assume you are a packer troll with a new account. It’s funny you pick on 8-7-1, since it’s been a few years since your team has won 8 games. 8 wins here was a huge disappointment and hopefully will rally the troops to be more focused this year.

    Getting back to the topic at hand, as a Vikings fan I am annoyed with #14’s absence. EVERYONE else is there and while he may be fine when the season comes I’d prefer all players to show a commitment to TEAM first football. The facility is the best in the league so it can’t be a training issue, the first absence was a “House” issue? Sounds like a weak excuse to me, still love the football player, but spend time with your teammates and set the example for all the younger players. If anyone had a reason not to be there it would be Rudolph and guess what he is a leader and a professional and he is there every day.

  21. Hey, both teams had disappointing seasons.

    I stand by what I said:

    If a Packers starter was skipping practices, you trolls would be filled with glee, hardly able to contain yourselves. Since it’s your guy, the majority of the comments (and even the writer of the article) give him a pass.

    At 8-7-1, I’m surprised. You seem to agree with me.

    No?

  22. Liberalsruineverything says:
    June 8, 2019 at 5:57 pm
    O for 59 says:
    June 8, 2019 at 5:39 pm
    And yet, the Packers tried to improve during the off-season.

    What did the Vikings do to improve on their record?

    I missed those articles.
    —————————————

    Installed a new offense that will run the ball. Hired the Kubiaks to install a zone blocking scheme to help with running the ball. Drafted a day one starting Center and potential starting Guard that are perfectly equipped for zone blocking. Drafted a younger faster Latavius Murray to help run the ball. Any more questions?

    ————-

    So you’re paying $29 million dollars to a QB to hand off to a RB that is injured more often that Nick Perry was for the Packers and a rookie? So installing a new offensive scheme is going to work incredibly for the Vikings, but installing a new offense will make the Packers take a step back?

  23. “Drafted a younger faster Latavius Murray”

    Was Latavius Murray cloned? Or did the Vikings just happen to draft a player with the same name?

  24. It’s very odd he didn’t show, considering the across-the-board dedication all Viking players demonstrate…..because it’s not about the money…..it’s about the privilege.

  25. O for 59 says:
    June 8, 2019 at 6:14 pm
    I’m not saying the Packers have improved. I’m saying they tried.
    ———-
    I see the Packers are the only team that tried to improve this off-season? Or is it that you think they tried the hardest? Or maybe its that were so bad they had the most room for improvement? Anywhoo, congratulations.

  26. stellarperformance says:
    June 9, 2019 at 9:57 am
    It’s very odd he didn’t show, considering the across-the-board dedication all Viking players demonstrate…..because it’s not about the money…..it’s about the privilege.
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    I’d worry more about the packers inability to stop Diggs and Theilen with their overwhelmed dbs who they reached for.

  27. cardinealsfan20 says:
    June 9, 2019 at 6:46 am
    “Drafted a younger faster Latavius Murray”

    Was Latavius Murray cloned? Or did the Vikings just happen to draft a player with the same name?
    —————————————

    I don’t expect someone who can’t spell their username correctly to understand what I meant. Keep trying little buddy.

  28. roger that says:
    June 9, 2019 at 5:41 pm
    Stellar:
    Finally you get it! Because we know you would never say anything sarcastic 🤥
    Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

    That’s very kind of you to say, but I wasn’t being sarcastic and those aren’t my words. Those boasts came directly from Viking fans. Ask cheesey to look it up.

  29. The packers have 4 SB wins. You can’t claim to be world Titles and not even play a playoff game for some of them(’29,’30,’31). And the beer league level of play don’t cut it. Your team was past by in the 70’s in SB titles when the packers had a 2-0 lead on the whole NFL. No other fan base counts them but the insecure packer fans. I never hear the Browns, Lions and Bears fans count them. You should really stop.

  30. filthymcnasty3 says:
    June 9, 2019 at 3:25 pm

    The Packer have 13 World Championships because our guys don’t pull this crap.

    ____________________________________

    Explain just how is 13 World Championships help your team the past two year. Or how Aaron has gone .500 in his last 54 starts.

  31. stellarperformance:
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    Well if they said ‘across the board’, that would definitely be an exaggeration. Maybe they were just trying to be positive, or trying to ruffle some feathers. How about we agree that it’s a privilege for a player to take an owner’s money 🙂

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