The Minnesota Vikings wide receiver is on pace to finish with at least 1,000 receiving yards for the first time in his NFL career.
A top priority for the Minnesota Vikings this past offseason was to sign 24-year-old wide receiver Stefon Diggs to a contract extension. Diggs was approaching the final year of his deal and the last thing the Vikings wanted to do was to let him hit free agency in 2019.
So Minnesota and their talented wide receiver agreed to a five-year extension worth $72 million back in July. Thanks to his new deal, Diggs will now likely be a member of the Vikings for the majority of his NFL career.
After getting a big contract, the performance some players around the league can sometimes regress. But this has been far from the case for the Minnesota receiver this season.
In 10 games this year, Diggs has caught 79 passes for 790 yards and six touchdowns. His performance, combined with the play of Adam Thielen, has made for one of the most lethal receiving duos in the NFL this season.
Thielen has already crossed the 1,000 yard mark this year and with five matchups remaining on the Vikings’ schedule, Diggs is hoping he can do the same.
Over the next five weeks, Diggs needs to average just 42 yards per game to finish the season with at least 1,000 receiving yards for the first time since entering the league in 2015. Considering he has gained over 42 yards in seven of his 10 appearances this year, his chances of accomplishing this feat seem pretty high.
If Diggs were able to do this, he and Thielen would become the first pair of Minnesota wide receivers to finish with at least 1,000 yards in the same season since Cris Carter and Randy Moss in 2000.
Those two made a few big catches for the Vikings back in the day. Now though, it’s the receiving duo of Diggs and Thielen making the plays in the Minnesota purple and gold.