5 biggest gifts of the Minnesota Vikings 2020 season

(Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images) Justin Jefferson
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Adam Thielen – WR

There were a lot of questions about Adam Thielen entering the 2020 season. He was coming off an injury-plagued 2019 campaign and more worrisome was the fact that he would be without his longtime receiving mate, Stefon Diggs.

It was speculated that Thielen would see more double teams and he would have a hard time repeating the type of success he has found in recent seasons. Those worries proved to be ill-founded.

Thielen has been nothing short of great this year. He’s been making highlight-reel grabs on a weekly basis and while his yardage may be down a little bit down, he should finish the season with over 15 touchdowns.

Justin Jefferson’s emergence has definitely helped Thielen avoid the double teams, but it doesn’t seem to matter if this guy has two or even three defenders hanging off of him. He always seems to come down with the ball.

Thielen has become one of the veteran leaders of the Vikings offense and he seems to excel in that role. He has taken Jefferson under his wing and he should be given some credit for how quickly the rookie has adjusted to the NFL game.

Thielen’s ability to bounce back from his injuries and produce without his longtime pal Diggs, has been a gift that Minnesota will not be returning to the store.