Adam Thielen wants to be a resource for younger receivers

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Adam Thielen has been a key member of the Vikings Offense for several years, but his role is going to be a bit different this time around.

Stefon Diggs is in Buffalo, which leaves Thielen without an experienced partner in the team’s offensive system. First-round pick Justin Jefferson, Bisi Johnson, Tajae Sharpe, Chad Beebe and fifth-rounder K.J. Osborn are all 25 or younger, which opens the door for Thielen to play more of a mentor role as the team tries to find the right mix.

Thielen said this week that he’s looking forward to filling that role for the Vikings this year.

The biggest thing is just allowing them to trust me as a person and as a player to be a resource for them,” Thielen said, via ESPN.com. “First of all, it is good to create a relationship virtually right now to the point where they feel comfortable asking questions or calling me or coming to train with me. Things like that. That’s really my job. I know that I’ve been able to learn from some veterans that came before me as far as how they handled those things and how they helped me become the player I am. I’m just trying to be that resource for those guys and to know that, hey, when I’m teaching these guys and when I’m talking to them, I’m really talking to myself, because there are a lot of things that I need to get better at.”

One of the questions the Vikings will answer has to do with how the receivers will line up. Thielen has worked well out of the slot in the past, but that’s also where Jefferson played at LSU last year. Thielen said he’s comfortable playing anywhere in a receiving group that’s going to look a lot different than it did in 2019.

18 responses to “Adam Thielen wants to be a resource for younger receivers

  1. I thought players were supposed to pout when a team drafts a guy at their position in the first round. It’s refreshing to see a guy who is willing to help the young guys without creating controversy.

  2. You watch out for that Bisi Johnson. Dude is a playmaker. Vikings really must have hated Diggs because not only did they get rid of him, they didn’t sign any of the guys on the team that were really good friends with Diggs (see J. Kearse)

  3. So he’s basically had one very good season.

    Over the course of his career he’s averaged 53 receptions/yr, 719 yds/yr, 4 TD/yr.

    Talk about overpaying for an average receiver! 64M four year deal with 33M in guarantees. Yikes!

  4. The Vikings are hopeful that this complete rebuild finally delivers Zimmer’s his first ever career win against LaFleur’s Packers.

  5. Thielen is a class act, as the first poster said this is refreshing. Guy has his head on straight, and seems to be a really good human being.

  6. Thielen is a class act, but expect his numbers to drop as teams can now focus on him without having to worry about Diggs on the other side.

  7. He’s earned the right. He wasn’t given anything, and has earned his way at every step. The young guys need to listen to him. I would think all of them realize they have to earn playing time, including the #1 pick this year.

  8. irock36 says:
    May 20, 2020 at 11:20 am

    So he’s basically had one very good season.

    Over the course of his career he’s averaged 53 receptions/yr, 719 yds/yr, 4 TD/yr.

    Talk about overpaying for an average receiver! 64M four year deal with 33M in guarantees. Yikes!
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    As you well know, Thielen was signed out of a rookie mini-camp tryout. It takes those players a few years to get going. He also missed half the season last year. Since he began contributing as a receiver during the 2016 season, his 16-game averages are 90 receptions for 1,219 yards and 7 TDs.

  9. irock36 says:
    May 20, 2020 at 11:20 am
    So he’s basically had one very good season.

    Over the course of his career he’s averaged 53 receptions/yr, 719 yds/yr, 4 TD/yr.

    Talk about overpaying for an average receiver! 64M four year deal with 33M in guarantees. Yikes!

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    Played mostly special teams his first two seasons as he worked his way up from the practice squad. Then had seasons with 69-967-5, 91-1,276-4 and 113-1,373-9…got injured last season and still managed 30-418-6 in limited action.,,and caught the long pass to set up the game winner in OT of the playoff win at New Orleans. He earns every cent of that money on the field AND is great in the community…hometown kid working his way up the hard way and doing things right…what’s not to like?

  10. I gotta say, flipping Diggs and getting Jefferson and a couple extra picks while only having to pay the rookie a quarter of what Diggs was making is pretty slick by ole Rick. I’m sure Theilen will be a great mentor for the young WR’s on the roster. 3 new young receiving targets in Bisi, Smith Jr and Jefferson. Nice.

  11. Have a strong hunch Vikings will be grinning ear to ear after the season when we compare Jefferson’s stats in MN to Diggs in Buffalo. Rookie of the year wouldn’t surprise me.

  12. I’m just trying to be that resource for those guys and to know that, hey, when I’m teaching these guys and when I’m talking to them, I’m really talking to myself, because there are a lot of things that I need to get better at.”

    +++++

    You can literally hear the sarcasm dripping off that quote.

  13. iliketurtles says:
    May 20, 2020 at 11:10 am

    You watch out for that Bisi Johnson. Dude is a playmaker.

    +++++

    The new Chad Beebe?

  14. He’d better hope every team the Vikings play have lost their tapes from 2019, because this guy has been figured out. If he’s the new No.1, they’re in trouble. Good luck with that. Viking fans are wishing, hoping, and praying Jefferson is the new Moss. Yeah, that’s likely.

  15. stellarperformance says:
    May 21, 2020 at 7:51 am
    He’d better hope every team the Vikings play have lost their tapes from 2019, because this guy has been figured out. If he’s the new No.1, they’re in trouble. Good luck with that. Viking fans are wishing, hoping, and praying Jefferson is the new Moss. Yeah, that’s likely.

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    Typical green and yellow take. Adam was hurt most of year, missing multiple games and hampered in others with a hammy. Before he was hurt the first game against gb 5/75. We already know your comeback….scoreboard

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