No. 4 – Adam Thielen, Wide Receiver (2014-present)
- 40+ Yard Completions in 2019: 12
- Percentage to Total Pass Targets: 2.57
Ahh, some respectability to the list. Since becoming a full-time starter in 2016, Minnesota State University, Mankato alumnus Adam Thielen leads the team in receiving yards. His 4,034 yards top that of former teammate Stefon Diggs who had 3,903 while with the team.
Thielen has caught deep passes from all the prominent Vikings signal-callers of the last five years: Teddy Bridgewater, Sam Bradford, Case Keenum, and Kirk Cousins. He had a particularly honed chemistry with Keenum pulling in four catches of 40+ yards in 2017 alone.
Beyond deep-catch disposition, Thielen has been a lucrative wide receiver as a whole in the NFL. During the last four seasons, he ranks 12th in total receiving yards. Surprisingly enough, this tops pass-catchers with lofty reputations such as Amari Cooper, Keenan Allen, Odell Beckham, and Robert Woods, to name a handful.
This season, Thielen will have the first opportunity of his professional life to be the team’s undisputed number-one option at the wide receiver position.