How will Stefon Diggs’ time with the Vikings be remembered?

(Photo by Stephen Maturen/Getty Images) Stefon Diggs
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(Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images) Stefon Diggs
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Diggs’ career with the Vikings

Little was expected of Stefon Diggs when he was taken in the fifth round of the 2015 NFL Draft. The former Maryland standout exceeded all expectations to emerge as one of the league’s best wide receivers.

The 26-year-old was on the field for 64 percent of the Vikings’ offensive snaps during his rookie season. He performed well when called upon on his way to 52 catches, 720 yards, and four touchdowns.

Diggs built on his promising first year as a pro during his 2016 sophomore campaign. He was a more polished route runner and snagged 84 of 112 targets to attain 903 receiving yards and three touchdowns.

He plateaued somewhat during a 2017 season that saw Minnesota make the playoffs as he caught just 64 balls for 849 yards and eight touchdowns. The season also saw Diggs secure arguably the most amazing moment in Vikings history when he was on the receiving end of the “Minnesota Miracle” for a memorable playoff triumph over the New Orleans Saints.

Although the Vikings were unable to make the postseason in 2018, Diggs managed a significant personal milestone by securing his first 1,000-yard season (1,021) while also grabbing 102 catches and nine touchdowns.

This secured Diggs a five-year, $72 million contract extension that included a $15 million signing bonus and a further $40 million in guarantees.

Diggs enjoyed the best statistical season of his career in 2019. But it was clear his frustrations with quarterback Kirk Cousins threatened to boil over on numerous occasions. Diggs finished the regular season with 63 catches for 1,130 yards and six touchdowns.