Can Adam Thielen cope with extra responsibility for the Vikings in 2020?

(Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images) Adam Thielen
(Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images) Adam Thielen /
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(Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images) Adam Thielen – Minnesota Vikings
(Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images) Adam Thielen – Minnesota Vikings /

Thielen’s 2019 campaign

The 2019 season proved to be the most frustrating of Adam Thielen’s career. Thankfully for the Minnesota Vikings, this was not down to regression or lack of production.

Thielen dealt with niggling injuries throughout the season and played in just ten regular-season games. He was used sparingly in some of those due to a hamstring issue (42.8% of snaps) and ended the campaign with 30 catches for 426 yards and six touchdowns.

There was a real danger that Thielen would miss the Vikings’ playoff run. But he played through the pain barrier and had a massive impact on their memorable victory at the New Orleans Saints.

The player finished the game with seven catches for 123 yards, which also included the critical 43-yard connection with quarterback Kirk Cousins in overtime that got them within touching distance of the end zone.

When Thielen was available and healthy, his influence remained steadfast. But this was something the Vikings could not rely on for the majority of the campaign

Hamstring injuries are generally known as one of the worst to get over from a wideout’s perspective, This is down to the sharp bursts needed at the position and the need to cut quickly on routes.

With a good period of rest and the possibility of no OTAs this season, Thielen should be back to full health in 2020. Minnesota is banking on this and will need him more than ever next season.