Mike Zimmer: Reserve receivers need to “get their rear ends going”

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Early in training camp, Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer said that two receivers drafted in the seventh-round this year needed to “get their rear end in gear” in order to make the team.

It’s been several weeks since Zimmer made that suggestion and he sent a similar message to all the receivers vying for reserve roles on the team this year. Adam Thielen and Stefon Diggs are set as the starter and Chad Beebe appears to have the No. 3 job in his grasp, but Zimmer said other aspiring Vikings need to show consistency and value in other areas in order to stick around.

“They’re hard to separate right now,” Zimmer said, via the Pioneer Press. “When we talk about it in the personnel meetings and things like that, it’s one guy has a good day, then he has a bad day. The consistency of what they’re trying to do is really hard to get a handle on. That’s why I say that special teams, they need to get their rear ends going on that.”

The two seventh-rounders — Dillon Mitchell and Olabisi Johnson — are joined by Brandon Zylstra, Laquon Treadwell, Jordan Taylor, Jeff Badet, Davion Davis, and Alexander Hollins in the mix for roster spots. Treadwell and Taylor have the most experience, although Zimmer said that “doesn’t matter” when it comes to picking the players who will be on the 53-man roster.

44 responses to “Mike Zimmer: Reserve receivers need to “get their rear ends going”

  1. That’s pretty much every low draft pick and free agent non draftee. All of those guys need to be a value on special teams to make the team or practice squad. As was Adam Thielen coming out of college.

  2. As I have said, and Mike Zimmer agrees with me: The worst WR depth in the NFL and it isn’t even close.

    Meanwhile, the Packers have the best WR depth that Aaron Rodgers has ever seen.

    See you purples on Sept.15! I will really enjoy it!

    #GoPackGo!🏈

  3. freefromwhatyouare says:
    August 21, 2019 at 10:23 am
    As I have said, and Mike Zimmer agrees with me: The worst WR depth in the NFL and it isn’t even close.

    Meanwhile, the Packers have the best WR depth that Aaron Rodgers has ever seen.

    See you purples on Sept.15! I will really enjoy it!

    #GoPackGo!🏈

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    Aside from Davante Adams, the depth chart isn’t that spectacular.

  4. As I have said, and Mike Zimmer agrees with me: The worst WR depth in the NFL and it isn’t even close.
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    Dude, cmon. They’re not that deep but when you’ve got two guys with more than 100 catches, calling them the worst wr core in the league is ridiculous.

  5. Never called them the worst WR corp in the NFL.

    I said the Vikings have the worst WR depth in the NFL. Some of you don’t know what WR depth means.

    #GoPackGo!🏈

  6. Keep an eye out for Jeff Badet, dude is gonna blow up if he ever gets a shot. I saw him in training camp just smoking DB’s off the line and running some crazy good routes.

  7. Your depth is the players on your roster after your starters.

    A WR corp is the complete WR room. Thielen and Diggs are not a part of the Vikings WR depth.

    There is a reason Chad Beebe is the the Vikings 3rd starting WR by default. The WR depth is that bad.

    #GoPackGo!🏈

  8. freefromwhatyouare says:
    August 21, 2019 at 10:23 am

    Meanwhile, the Packers have the best WR depth that Aaron Rodgers has ever seen.
    _________

    Mike Zimmer is brutally honest. Aaron Rodgers is not. The WR depth on the Packers consists of a bunch of late-round draft picks that have accomplished nothing in the NFL so far. The Vikings are wondering who will step up and be their #4 WR. The Packers are still looking for a #2.

  9. 2011 Packers: Jordy Nelson, Greg Jennings, James Jones, Donald Driver, Randall Cobb.

    2019 Packers: Davante Adams, Marquez Valdes-Scantling, Equanimeous St. Brown, Geronimo Allison, Jake Kumerow.

    This is the best WR depth Aaron Rodgers has ever seen?

  10. Any of the guys that the Packers cut would probably be the 2nd best receiver for the Vikings. We all saw the huge dropoff Thielen had last year, and there’s literally no reason to think that he is any better than that. He flashed for half a season and then…nothing.

  11. Rob Brzezinski is a Magician says:
    August 21, 2019 at 11:40 am

    The WR depth on the Packers consists of a bunch of late-round draft picks that have accomplished nothing in the NFL so far. The Vikings are wondering who will step up and be their #4 WR.

    +++++

    SO….. Chad Beebe who was undrafted and has 39 nfl reciving yards has accomplished something?

    Because you appear to be giving him credit as an established #3 and at the same time try and claim Allison (753) MVS (581) have accomplished nothing… that doesn’t seem logical.

    But you are always logical, so enlighten me.

  12. tokyosandblaster says:
    August 21, 2019 at 11:59 am

    We all saw the huge dropoff Thielen had last year, and there’s literally no reason to think that he is any better than that

    ++++

    I don’t agree with this. It seemed to me like teams switched their emphasis on who the main weapon was, and made Thielen their primary focus…. but when Diggs started getting #2 treatment he couldn’t match what Thielen did before.

  13. Also, just because you have your “3rd receiver” picked doesn’t mean he’s good. lol

    You claim that the Packers receivers have accomplished nothing in the NFL and then come back with “The Vikings have the top 3 receivers set” like Chad Beebe is in the hall of fame. The Packers have 5 receivers that have done more than Chad Beebe, and 8 receivers that are better than he is.

    You people really are delusional.

  14. skcrooged says:
    August 21, 2019 at 12:01 pm
    Zylstra and Badet will make it. A couple of others may land on the practice squad. Treadwell will probably end up in GB.

    You never know. Maybe all Treadwell needs is a real NFL QB?

  15. Vikings fan can type until their fingers are blue. The Packers WR depth is far superior to the Vikings and it isn’t close.

    #GoPackGo!🏈

  16. Flashed for half a season…. he had 69 rec, 967 yes, and 5tds three years ago and has gott better every year since then. But those totals are better than even the best two combined from the Packers “incredible depth”. Let me put this in perspective for you… Treadwell was 35 for 302 with a 66% rec% last year. MVS had 38 catches, no one else had more than 21. Only MVS and St.Brown had more yards. And the only ones with a better rec% had fewer targets than Treadwell had catches.

    Treadwell isn’t worth a roster spot in Minnesota. Do the math

  17. The Packers’ #4 and #5 receivers probably are better than the Vikings’. Congratulations. That’s really all that matters to you people.

  18. trollhater says:
    August 21, 2019 at 12:46 pm

    “Treadwell was 35 for 302 … Only MVS and St.Brown had more yards.”
    ++++
    Allison had 303 yards in 5 games last season.

  19. Thielen and Diggs are not a part of the Vikings WR depth.

    >>

    Umm…. Are you sure about that?

  20. freefromwhatyouare says:
    August 21, 2019 at 12:20 pm
    Vikings fan can type until their fingers are blue. The Packers WR depth is far superior to the Vikings and it isn’t close

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

    freefromwhatyouare says:
    May 23, 2019 at 5:55 am
    Depending on a rookie center to be great right away is foolish. We are going to get killed week 2 in Green Bay. Have you seen the Packers roster on defense lately? We are not going to luck into a tie this year, it will be a slaughter. I am just hoping we can be competitive in the second game against Green Bay at the Bank.
    Titans fans say Josh Kline is horrible. This from a Titans beat writer: “One player in particular who had a difficult time last season was guard Josh Kline. When Pro Football Focus released it’s season review for the Titans, it was mentioned that Kline was one of the most lowly ranked at his position in the league.” Great signing Spielman.
    We could be depending on 2 rookies this season. Samia, a 4th rounder and Bradbury. This could get real ugly again

  21. freefromwhatyouare says:
    August 21, 2019 at 10:23 am

    As I have said, and Mike Zimmer agrees with me: The worst WR depth in the NFL and it isn’t even close.

    Meanwhile, the Packers have the best WR depth that Aaron Rodgers has ever seen.

    See you purples on Sept.15! I will really enjoy it!
    ———————————————————–

    Dude until your team has two WRs that have over 2,00 yards combined and are considered one of the top five WR duos in the game right now I’d quell your excitement.

    freefromwhatyouare says:
    May 23, 2019 at 5:55 am
    Depending on a rookie center to be great right away is foolish. We are going to get killed week 2 in Green Bay. Have you seen the Packers roster on defense lately? We are not going to luck into a tie this year, it will be a slaughter. I am just hoping we can be competitive in the second game against Green Bay at the Bank.
    Titans fans say Josh Kline is horrible. This from a Titans beat writer: “One player in particular who had a difficult time last season was guard Josh Kline. When Pro Football Focus released it’s season review for the Titans, it was mentioned that Kline was one of the most lowly ranked at his position in the league.” Great signing Spielman.
    We could be depending on 2 rookies this season. Samia, a 4th rounder and Bradbury. This could get real ugly again
    —————————————————–
    You do realize and I know its only pre season but its a precursor of things to come, the Vikings O line has not given up one sack, that’s the 1s, 2s, and 3s. Usually the offensive line from my experience a a Vikings fan is not only bad in pre season but all season long. Obviously not tipping their hat on offense too much but I have liked what I have seen so far. People seem to forget that Tony Sparano died right before camp last year and it had a major effect on the offensive line.

    As far as Treadwell, Vikes found Diggs in the 5th round and Thielen was undrafted its and even trade off. Not every draft choice pans out.

  22. tokyosandblaster says:
    August 21, 2019 at 11:59 am

    Any of the guys that the Packers cut would probably be the 2nd best receiver for the Vikings. We all saw the huge dropoff Thielen had last year, and there’s literally no reason to think that he is any better than that. He flashed for half a season and then…nothing.
    ———————————————————————————-

    Well duh…….teams start rolling coverage his way and he was double teamed.

  23. I keep thinking back to the 2016 draft and if the Vikings had only traded down and drafted Michael Thomas instead of Treadwell and pair him with Diggs and Thielen. Treadwell,what a colossal disappointment.

    Sure wish we had the WR depth of GB..lets see, they have Adams and….and…hmmm, who do they have? Nothing of note that has produced in the NFL…just regurgitating what the Packers media says about how great a player is, doesn’t mean it translates into “great depth”. Just saying…

  24. Meanwhile, the Packers have the best WR depth that Aaron Rodgers has ever seen.
    ___
    Rodgers doesn’t even know the names of all the receivers on Green Bay’s roster.

  25. freefromwhatyouare says:

    August 21, 2019 at 10:23 am

    As I have said, and Mike Zimmer agrees with me: The worst WR depth in the NFL and it isn’t even close.

    Meanwhile, the Packers have the best WR depth that Aaron Rodgers has ever seen.
    ____________________________________________________

    Some of you don’t know what WR depth means.
    _____________________________________________________

    I’ll leave depth rankings to the professionals in the industry like stella shouts every day.

    PFF WR Team rankings:
    MN 8
    CHI 11
    DET 15
    GB 20

    BLEACHER REPORT WR Team rankings:
    MN 8
    GB 15
    DET 18
    CHI 20

    SB NATION WR Team rankings:
    MN 4
    CHI 10
    DET 13
    GB 15

    SPORTS ILLUSTRATED WR Team rankings:
    MN 3
    GB 17
    CHI 19
    DET 20

    24/7 SPORTS WR Team rankings:
    MN 5
    GB 7
    CHI 17
    DET 18

    Average of 5 website rankings
    MN 5.6
    GB 14.8
    CHI 15.4
    DET 16.8

    Apparently only one maroon “don’t know what WR depth means”

  26. wilkersonswobblykankles says:
    August 22, 2019 at 1:02 pm

    Apparently only one maroon “don’t know what WR depth means”
    ++++

    And it’s you. let’s say one of your big 2 go down at WR. All of a sudden your 3 wide receiver sets are the remaining starter, Beebe and let’s say Zylstra. Depth.

  27. The “explosive” Steffon Diggs was tied for 92nd among NFL players with 6.9 yards receiving per target. Jimmy Graham managed 7.1 yards receiving per target.

    If you dink and dunk enough targets at somebody their stats will look shiny. Diggs had less than 50 yards receiving in 8 games last season … and it wasn’t because Treadwell was picking up the slack.

  28. packertruth says:
    August 22, 2019 at 1:33 pm
    wilkersonswobblykankles says:
    August 22, 2019 at 1:02 pm

    Apparently only one maroon “don’t know what WR depth means”
    ++++

    And it’s you. let’s say one of your big 2 go down at WR. All of a sudden your 3 wide receiver sets are the remaining starter, Beebe and let’s say Zylstra. Depth.
    ————————————

    If’s definitely you, let’s say Adams goes down at WR. You’re comfortable with that guy with 5 names and that washout named Tonto? I doubt it.

  29. packertruth says:

    August 22, 2019 at 1:33 pm

    wilkersonswobblykankles says:
    August 22, 2019 at 1:02 pm

    Apparently only one maroon “don’t know what WR depth means”
    ++++

    And it’s you. let’s say one of your big 2 go down at WR. All of a sudden your 3 wide receiver sets are the remaining starter, Beebe and let’s say Zylstra. Depth.
    _______________________________________

    Or it is you too? What if using your logic Davante Adams goes down. Zero proven depth, only preseason potential.

    Depth

  30. It appears Zimmers go-to advice is to “get your rears in gear”. No wonder the team is tuning him out.
    _____
    Anything is better than LaFleur’s why can’t we all be friends treatment where he gets no respect from any player

  31. packertruth says:

    August 22, 2019 at 2:00 pm

    The “explosive” Steffon Diggs was tied for 92nd among NFL players with 6.9 yards receiving per target. Jimmy Graham managed 7.1 yards receiving per target.

    If you dink and dunk enough targets at somebody their stats will look shiny. Diggs had less than 50 yards receiving in 8 games last season … and it wasn’t because Treadwell was picking up the slack.
    _______________________________________________

    And Treadwell managed 8.6 yards per receiving target.

    Cherry picked Statistics are fun

    rogers YPA = 7.44
    Trubisky YPA = 7.43
    Cousins YPA= 7.09
    Stafford YPA = 6.81

  32. According to Bleacher Report going into 2019

    15. Green Bay Packers

    8. Minnesota Vikings

    So I do not see how the Packers have better depth, Packers starting receivers would not even be starters in Minnesota. The Packers have a long road ahead of them this year and Aaron may not be able to save the day with his passing because of WRs inexperience and Green Bays running game may prove more vital than its passing game.

  33. I won’t even get into the fact that this person is still not understanding that having good or bad depth at any position does not involve the starters…

    I am most shocked that the troll/stalker saved and/or searched a post of mine from back in May and posted it here out of context.

    Why is this person still focused on posts of mine from May? Creeper much?

  34. Boiled down, the Packers options 2-5 are better than the Vikings #3 (and it’s at least 5). That is all. The Purple perspiration is palpable.

  35. packertruth says:
    August 22, 2019 at 2:00 pm

    The “explosive” Steffon Diggs was tied for 92nd among NFL players with 6.9 yards receiving per target. Jimmy Graham managed 7.1 yards receiving per target.

    If you dink and dunk enough targets at somebody their stats will look shiny. Diggs had less than 50 yards receiving in 8 games last season … and it wasn’t because Treadwell was picking up the slack.
    _____________

    You won’t be seeing that again this year. Of all the stupid things DeFilippo did, those quick passes to Diggs behind the line of scrimmage multiple times a game were among the worst. One of the best route runners in the NFL and one of the best at contested catches and he was calling plays that didn’t allow him to use those skills, and they hardly ever worked.

  36. I won’t even get into the fact that this person is still not understanding that having good or bad depth at any position does not involve the starters…
    _______________________________________________________________________
    Depth:
    a dimension taken through an object or body of material, usually downward from an upper surface, horizontally inward from an outer surface, or from top to bottom of something regarded as one of several layers.

    Top to frickin bottom. You don’t get to change definitions in the English language

  37. wilkersonswobblykankles says:
    August 22, 2019 at 2:21 pm

    “And Treadwell managed 8.6 yards per receiving target.
    Cherry picked Statistics are fun”
    +++++
    Treadwell actually averaged 5.7 yards receiving per target.
    Accurate statistics are….um, well, accurate.

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