Midseason grades for the 2019 Minnesota Vikings offense
By Chris Schad
Grading the Wide Receivers
The wide receiver position has been interesting for the Vikings this season as Adam Thielen and Stefon Diggs have gone from collecting dust in the first four weeks of the year to exploding over the team’s four-game winning streak.
While a lot of the recent success has had to do with Kirk Cousins’ revival, the receivers have had their own ups and downs in 2019.
The receiver that has been in the spotlight the most has been Diggs, who created a firestorm with his trade demand (or was it a trade demand?) after Minnesota’s loss against the Bears in Week 4. After a quiet game in the Vikings’ victory over the Giants in Week 5, Diggs has gone off in his last three appearances, collecting 452 yards and breaking a team record for most yards in a three-game stretch previously held by Randy Moss.
While Diggs has been more dramatic on his road to success, Thielen has been the same receiver Minnesota fans have known to love. Thielen missed the Vikings’ win over the Washington Redskins on Thursday night, but he has 391 yards and six touchdowns in seven games as one of Cousins’ most reliable targets.
Outside of that, Minnesota hasn’t had much going on at receiver. The team broke camp with just four receivers and after initially jettisoning Laquon Treadwell, they had to bring him back after Josh Doctson went on injured reserve just days after signing with the team.
Rookie Olabisi Johnson has stood out, but other than that, the Vikings may be waiting to dive into a loaded 2020 wide receiver class for depth.
Thielen Grade: A-
Diggs Grade: B
Johnson Grade: C+