Watch: Adam Thielen makes Vikings defenders look silly
By Adam Patrick
Video has surfaced from training camp of the Minnesota Vikings star wide receiver making things very difficult for the defensive backs trying to cover him.
Anyone who follows the Minnesota Vikings is pretty aware of the incredible journey that Adam Thielen has taken since he joined the team in 2013.
Thielen has improved his performance out on the field during each of the six years he has been in the NFL. Last season was easily the best of his tenure in the league as he set new career highs with 113 catches, 1,373 receiving yards, and nine touchdowns.
Helping Thielen reach his current performance level has been his elite route-running ability. It doesn’t seem to matter who’s covering the Minnesota receiver out on the field as he usually just finds a way to get open more often than not.
Thielen’s route running skills have already been on full display during Vikings training camp this year. A clip recently popped up that shows the Minnesota receiver making some of the team’s defensive backs look like complete amateurs.
Thielen’s first victim in the clip is Vikings starting cornerback Trae Waynes. The Minnesota receiver just runs a quick in route, but his movements before he makes his cut to his left causes Waynes to slip and lose his footing.
To be fair to the Vikings corner, this sequence happened on a rainy day, so the field was a bit slick and this is probably the real reason why he slipped.
The other victim in the clip is rookie corner Nate Meadors. Thielen is running a comeback route this time and his impressive ability to quickly stop and change his direction leaves Meadors in his dust.
The Minnesota receiver looks like he’s picked up right where he left off last season and he appears to be heading into another productive year in purple.