Adam Thielen: Stefon Diggs trade was a bummer

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The Vikings fielded a potent receiving duo over the last few years, but they opted to break it up this offseason by trading Stefon Diggs to the Bills.

It was not a development that brought a smile to the face of the other half of the tandem. Adam Thielen said he ” learned so much from [Diggs] as far as a receiver, how to run routes, different things like that” over the years and that he’s going to miss their partnership in the future.

“Obviously, it’s a bummer that he’s not here because it was such a fun duo to be able to work off one another and things like that, whether it be practice or games,” Thielen said on KFAN, via the Pioneer Press. “So, I’m definitely going to miss that, but it will be fun to see him have success somewhere else.”

The Vikings signed Tajae Sharpe to go with Bisi Johnson as options to work with Thielen. They also have 12 draft picks, including two first-round selections, that could be used to further build out the group.

37 responses to “Adam Thielen: Stefon Diggs trade was a bummer

  1. Great receiver, but attitudes kill chemistry. Hopefully the Vikes will land one high in the draft.

  2. …thats because he pulled the strong safty away from you. Lets see how he does with FULL coverage and the best CB on him? It will be intresting

  3. When we lost Mack after the Bears fleeced us, I felt the same way. From here on out I have been trying to justify that the draft picks we received are the better end of the deal. However, all the draft picks we received added together couldn’t come close the talent level of Khalil Mack.

    We have 11 wins in the past two years since losing Mack and the Bears have 20 plus a divisional championship.

    #Raidersgotfleeced

  4. Class act. Nothing is gained by saying anything but that. Great player…will be missed… next man up. Skol

  5. Kirk Cousins, Tajae Sharpe, Bisi Johnson and no interior linemen that can reliably block. Defenses everywhere will be shaking in their cleats.

  6. Diggs started out humble but now has a big head. Thielen stayed humble. I think the Bills will regret this trade eventually.

  7. This signing and the Norman signing are just oh so Buffalo, there’s no hope for this franchise.

    Just lose baby.

  8. Moves like this are why we’ve never won a thing in this town, ever.

  9. Thielen is a class act but has to realize that Diggs did it to himself. He is a whiny crybaby that has to post his frustrations all the time. After he posted himself wearing a Cardinals shirt, I would have fined him relentlessly to prove a point. Take your diva act on the road Diggs. Your playing skills will be missed, but your me first attitude in a team game won’t be. Good riddance.

  10. While I share Adam’s sentiment and am bummed to see Diggs gone, his attitude didn’t leave the Vikings much choice: Diggs and a seventh round pick for a 1, 4, 5, 6 is hard to pass up.

    Next year at this time, I expect it will be Diggs who is more bummed about this trade than Thielen. Buffalo is on the rise, but unless Josh Allen improves his accuracy I expect Diggs to start complaining about things before Thanksgiving. It could get ugly, and Diggs may have a short stay in Buffalo if that happens.

  11. vikingsvoice says:
    April 3, 2020 at 9:07 am
    Diggs started out humble but now has a big head. Thielen stayed humble. I think the Bills will regret this trade eventually.
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    I don’t see how Thielen has stayed humble. An undrafted player shouldn’t be talking smack on the field to an opposing coach, especially Belicheck. Or, arguing/yelling at his QB while coming off the field for everyone to see & on the sidelines on other occasions.

    He’s a good receiver but now he’s the #1. It’s going to be harder for him to find holes in the defense with the coverages slanted toward him. He’s right, he is going to miss Diggs.

  12. Watch a Thielen highlight video and you’ll see elite route running, great hands, and spectacular catches made in big moments. Diggs did just fine while Thielen was out last year and Thielen will do just fine with Diggs out this year.

  13. Not for me.

    People say Buffalo gave up too much. No way. They weren’t going to get someone as good as Diggs at #22, or at least as ready to step in right away. And they were desperate for elite talent at WR.

    All of a sudden, the WR corps looks like a top unit in the league. Brown will excel in the #2 spot, and Beasley is perfect in the slot.

    The Bills already had a great D. No excuses on offense now. Allen is entering his 3rd year, and they have playmakers all over the place for him to work with.

  14. Fairly inevitable, however, as Diggs had become a tiresome and disruptive mouth-runner with an inflated opinion of himself by the end. Very good and talented player, but not a great player, this was a parting of the ways that was warranted at this point.

  15. April 3, 2020 at 11:53 am
    Its great seeing teammates that actually like each other.
    Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

    Did I miss something? Diggs wanted out of the Vikings specifically because he can’t stand Cousins. Many other Vikings players would leave for the same reason if they could.

    What’s the weather like in Bizarro World?

  16. Thielen is right, Diggs was/is good and will be missed. He will make the Bills better, and the Vikes will be a lesser team without him.

    Then again, the Vikes hand was forced and he could be difficult. The draft return was pretty good for a fifth round pick. If they draft a capable replacement and another starter, it will be worth it — it all depends upon the draft return, not Diggs’ performance in Buffalo.

    The thing Buffalo fans don’t seem to focus upon is Diggs dissatisfaction stemmed from usage and QB accuracy. This even occurred during seasons when the Vikes made playoff runs with a strong defense just like the Bills. The Bills run as much if not more than the Vikes, and Allen’s accuracy and ability to read the field aren’t close to what Diggs had in Minnesota. I bet he’s a good soldier this year, or most of the season, but don’t be the least bit surprised if he starts his patented subtle diva crap thereafter.

  17. fbfan

    Thielen wasn’t “talking smack” – he was calling out BB for his defensive players faking injuries to slow down the hurry up offense. Pay attention to the game next time. I don’t care if the head coach is BB or not he had it coming.

  18. yeah stella, you again missed something. It was Cousins it was the Vikings offense that Diggs wasn’t a fan of.

  19. skoLOL!!!
    Packer fans have been saying for the better part of the last two seasons that your Diva receiver was going to end up costing you in the end.
    But, you all denied it, your minds clouded by that lucky Minneapolis Missed Tackle Miracle.

    And as much as you say Thielen’s a class act, all I see is him arguing with his QB in the middle of a nationally televised game with their season on the line.
    And that disappearing act he pulled last season.
    You fools can dice it up anyway you want but there’s still plenty of dysfunction to go around.

    With the poor coaching, little to no cap room on this team due to the mismanagement of the team funds, and as the bloodletting continues, I’m going to really enjoy the inevitable implosion of the Viking locker room this year.
    It’s going to be an absolute joy!

  20. The Bills with Allen and Diggs should win or be in the hunt for the East division championship. Both teams won with this trade. I will miss Diggs he was an exciting player to watch on Sundays.

  21. “Both teams won with this trade.”

    Great comment, and too rare. The media, pundits and fans are always eager & quick to anoint “winners” and “losers” on every trade now.

    Sometimes, both teams get exactly what they want or need out of the deal, and it works out well for both.

    Best of luck to the Vikes. I always feel a bit of a kinship w/ the 4 Super Bowl loss thing.

  22. Diggs did just fine while Thielen was out last year and Thielen will do just fine with Diggs out this year.

    +++++

    Thielen had 30 catches for 418 yards in 10 starts last year. Allen Lazard had 35 for 477, in 3 starts. Thielen will be 30 before games start. Lazard won’t.

  23. A lot of good receivers in this draft. With 12 picks including two firsts, they should have no issue with replacing him with a quality receiver. Just make sure you get someone with out the “me me me!” attitude.

  24. A lot of good receivers in this draft… that were good as amateurs. I’ll take the proven receiver on a team friendly deal. A proven commodity over an unknown.

    How many of these kids will go full on Antonio Brown after a few NFL paychecks? Sure, Diggs complained…It’s Kirk Cousins. He got schooled by McDermott & Frasier.

  25. Wafflestomp says:
    April 3, 2020 at 1:05 pm
    And as much as you say Thielen’s a class act, all I see is him arguing with his QB in the middle of a nationally televised game with their season on the line.
    And that disappearing act he pulled last season.
    You fools can dice it up anyway you want but there’s still plenty of dysfunction to go around.
    ——–
    In regards to Thielen arguing with someone in the heat of competition does not define whether or not someone has class. Some of the nicest most charitable athletes in the world are hockey players – have you watched the NHL? Every other word is a profanity and they literally punch each other in the face.
    So being hurt is a “disappearing act” well then your hero Aaron is as classless as they come.
    Check the amount of charity work he does and maybe follow suit and show some class rather than spend all day online trolling Vikings articles. You’ve yourself admitted over half your comments don’t get posted. Guess you’ve been practicing social distancing before it was a thing.

  26. I believe they tried to trade him to the Packers but the Packers wouldn’t part with Clete Blakeman.

  27. artic19 says:
    April 3, 2020 at 8:20 pm

    I believe they tried to trade him to the Packers but the Packers wouldn’t part with Clete Blakeman.
    ___________

    I know you’re trying to name drop Cleve Blakeman in the hopes you’ll pass yourself as unique or clever by insinuating that GB gets preferential treatment by him or his crew.
    But the truth is, Clete only officiated one Packer regular season game in 2019 as well as one postseason game.
    Hardly enough to swing a season long pendulum that you Barneys always whine about.

  28. Wafflestomp says:
    April 3, 2020 at 7:30 pm
    C’mon, Man. Don’t cry.
    ——
    Aww that’s cute the truth hurts, I guess.

  29. Diggs being traded is the least of his worries. He gets stuck with the guy who should of been traded after losing that no trade clause or never should of been signed in the first place, good old Captain Mediocre Kirk Cousins. Nothing really changes really, Kirk sits back in the pocket, holds on to the ball too long, and slaps the ball until he gets tackled to the ground for a sack while Adam runs his routes and may or may not get the ball tossed his way if open or not. There was a reason why Washington never gave Cousins a long term contract, then you decided to sign the guy anyway, Washington was right, but what would you expect from the same team that thought the Sam Bradford experience was a good idea.

  30. Thielen had 30 catches for 418 yards in 10 starts last year. Allen Lazard had 35 for 477, in 3 starts. Thielen will be 30 before games start. Lazard won’t.

    ——————–
    What’s your point? Thielen played 10 games, one of them he only played one series and he really wasn’t the same after returning from injury…and he played in a game where they only threw ten passes as they were predominantly a run team last season…Lazard played all 16 games and had almost the same stats as Thielen’s worst year since he became a starter…Thielen will return to form next year and have another great season. Lazard won’t.

  31. Poor packer troll he has no coherent responses or counterpoints. Just sits around and thumbs downs posts all day. Not surprising.

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