WR Stefon Diggs - Minnesota Vikings
|6-0, 195||Born: 2-10-1994||College: Maryland||Drafted: Round 5|
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Recent Stats and Projections
Recent Game Summaries
2017 Week 20 vs PHI (12 / 8 / 70 / 0 rec)
After the Minneapolis Miracle last week, everyone expected Diggs to play a big role in the offense again this week. Keenum did try and force the ball to Diggs several times and he tied McKinnon for the team lead in targets with 12. Diggs was harassed all night long with tight coverage and a few plays where it looked like the defensive back may have been there a little early. However, he was unable to break free and get into the end zone on any play and aside from a 22-yard outburst on a single play, he was tackled almost immediately. A lot of this had to do with his quarterback not being very accurate. Keenum was often late with the ball or could not get the ball far enough in front of Diggs that he could catch and run. Diggs ended the best season of his career and should be in the Vikings long-term plans for many seasons to come.
2017 Week 19 vs NO (10 / 6 / 137 / 1 rec)
The Minnesota Miracle is a direct result of Diggs not giving up in the waning seconds of the 4th quarter. Diggs had put together a solid game until this final play but really pushed things over the top with his 61-yard walk-off touchdown. During the bulk of the game, Diggs would make contested catch after contested catch and helped the Vikings move the chains in the first half. Then the second half rolled around and Keenum was erratic and the Vikings could not move the ball down the field. The final play of the game was the big story with Diggs running a deep crossing route and then coming back to a ball that Keenum launched up in the air down the sideline. Diggs went up high to get the ball and the Saints safety dove at his legs and missed entirely. Diggs came down and braced himself with his hand and was able to run into the end zone untouched. It looked as if his first thought was to get out of bounds and try a game-winning field goal. This is when Diggs noticed that there was no one in front of him and he galloped into the end zone and into Viking lore for the rest of his life.
2017 Week 17 vs CHI (6 / 6 / 65 / 1 rec, 1 / -8 / 0 rush)
Diggs seems to have finally completely healed from his groin injury and is becoming a force in the Vikings receiving core like he was to start the season. Diggs led the team in receiving yards again this week and hauled in the only touchdown through the air. The touchdown came on a 15-yard post route where Diggs had to go up and over the safety to make the catch. Keenum threw the ball just high enough for Diggs to make the play. Diggs leads the NFL in contested catches this season and showed it again today. Diggs added the Vikings longest play of the game with a 26-yard catch and run down the sideline to help set up the first touchdown of the game.
2017 Week 16 vs GB (8 / 5 / 60 / 1 rec, 1 / 3 / 0 rush)
While the rest of the Viking offense struggled in the cold, Diggs stepped up and made plays when needed. Diggs saw more targets with 8 than any other receiver and scored the only touchdown of the game. Diggs also added a 20-yard catch and run for a big first down on top of his touchdown reception. Diggs' touchdown came on a 4-yard fade route where he was able to toe tap just before going out of the back of the end zone. Diggs simply beat his corner in coverage and the safety did not have enough time to get over and cover. This was the biggest play of the game and proved to be the only touchdown for either team.
2017 Week 15 vs CIN (6 / 5 / 30 / 1 rec, 1 / 7 / 0 rush)
Just like Adam Thielen, Diggs was quieted by the Bengal's defense outside of a single play. 20 of his 30 yards came on that single play, but more importantly, that was also a Viking touchdown. Diggs ran straight up the seam and Keenum fit the ball in the narrow window between corner and closing in safety. Diggs took a big hit on the play but instantly bounced back up to celebrate the touchdown catch. He had 4 more receptions in the game but only managed 10 yards. Diggs was not on the field when Teddy Bridgewater came in to relieve Case Keenum but at that point, there were not many Viking starters left in the game. Diggs is going to need to continue to play well to close out the season if the Vikings want to secure a first-round bye.
2017 Week 14 vs CAR (10 / 6 / 64 / 0 rec)
This could have been a very big game for Diggs as well, but he only managed to catch 6 of his 10 targets and had the glaring mistake with his bobbled catch being intercepted deep in Carolina territory. Diggs has had some issues with drops this season and throughout his career, but the bobble that lead to the pick today was on an easy swing pass with no defender within 5 yards of him. Diggs managed to catch almost that exact same play and take it 22 yards for a first down later in the game after the corner tried to jump the route and missed the tackle. Diggs has yet to replicate the success he had before his groin injury, but still remains a big part of the Viking offense. Thielen and Diggs were considered one of the best WR duos after the first few games of the season, but Diggs has not held up his portion. It will be interesting to see how Diggs reacts if there is a change at quarterback before the end of the season.
2017 Week 13 vs ATL (5 / 2 / 32 / 0 rec, 1 / 5 / 0 rush)
With Thielen being bottled up, it would be easy to think Diggs would pick up the slack and find the voids left in coverage by giving help elsewhere. However, Diggs was unable to find any room and even struggled to bring in the majority of passes thrown his way. Diggs only caught 2 of his 5 targets but did manage to take those two catches for 13 and 19 yards respectively. He was also used on an end around again this week and managed 5 yards on the ground. Keenum missed Diggs on a deep pass before the first half ended, but the other 2 incompletions came on short passes that could have easily been caught. Diggs is going to have to step up next week if Thielen is taken out in coverage again against the Panthers.
2017 Week 12 vs DET (7 / 5 / 66 / 0 rec, 1 / 9 / 0 rush)
Diggs has come back with a bang from his groin injury and has been a spark plug for the Vikings offense. Diggs was second on the team in targets and yards this week and continued his string of big plays. This week it was a 37-yard and run down the left sideline. Diggs outran his coverage and was pushed out of bounds by a late-arriving safety. Diggs was also used in the running game for a 9-yard gain after an end around. Thielen has been the Vikings top receiving option but Diggs brings a different element to the Vikings passing game. When healthy, Diggs and Thielen make up one of the best receiver duos in the NFL.
2017 Week 11 vs LAR (6 / 4 / 32 / 0 rec)
Diggs had a tough outing this week as he was only on the field for 73% of the game which was the lowest percentage on the season. Diggs was not a primary option in this game as he was fourth on the team in targets in this game and was shadowed by Trumaine Johnson for a large portion of this game which was a tough matchup for Diggs.
2017 Week 10 vs WAS (5 / 4 / 78 / 1 rec)
Diggs was coming off a groin injury and a root canal and had a tough matchup with Josh Norman and Bashaud Breeland. None of this slowed Diggs down as he added a 51-yard reception with Norman in coverage and a 3-yard touchdown early in the game. The 51-yard reception came after he simply ran past Norman on an out and up down the sideline. It looked as if Norman misjudged Diggs' speed and was slow to turn his hips and run. Diggs was pushed out of bounds at the 2-yard line after Norman was able to close the distance when Diggs slowed to catch the ball. The 3-yard touchdown was a well-executed out route, but the noteworthy part was Diggs' embracing the goalpost in his celebration and being assessed a 15-yard unsportsmanlike penalty. When healthy, Diggs and Thielen have combined to be one of the best wide receiver duos in the NFL and it looks like Diggs is finally healthy again.
2017 Week 8 vs CLE (6 / 4 / 27 / 0 rec, 1 / -1 / 0 rush)
After missing the past two games due to a groin injury, Diggs finally made his way back to the field. He still did not look 100% and there was a lot of talk about if he should have just been held out through the Bye week. Diggs struggled to get separation from Cleveland defenders and ranked 4th on the team with 6 total targets. Diggs made an amazing acrobatic catch along the sideline that was initially ruled a catch and then overturned after video replay. The replay official ruled he did not have complete control of the ball before his knee touched out of bounds. That would have been Diggs' longest play of the day, but he settled for a 10-yard reception instead. The Vikings also gave him one carry on an end-around that was read by the defense and tackled for a loss. Diggs has almost two weeks to rest his groin and get fully healthy for when the team travels to Washington D.C in week 10.
2017 Week 5 vs CHI (4 / 1 / 4 / 0 rec)
Diggs performance suffered more due to quarterback play rather than defensive coverage or his groin injury. He was clearly hurting as he was seen limping up and down the sideline but an ineffective Bradford and a Case Keenum who threw 16 of 21 passes to running backs and tight ends did not help. Diggs is nursing a groin injury and that is something to monitor this week during practice. There should be a lot of room to run against Green Bay next week if Diggs can get healthy and have more consistent quarterback play.
2017 Week 4 vs DET (7 / 5 / 98 / 0 rec)
Despite falling just short of 100-yards, Stefon Diggs had a very quiet game. The second-year receiver out of Maryland was unable to break free aside from his 33-yard reception late in the game. Diggs was covered by Darius Slay for most the game and with Keenum struggling it was hard to get into a rhythm. Diggs has thrived on quick in and out routes just beyond the corner's zone this season but that was taken away from him in man to man situations today. The young receiver also was not targeted within the red zone today where he has been very successful against the Saints and Buccaneers. Diggs and the passing game are going to be asked to do a lot more if Dalvin Cook is done for the season, but teams are also going to key on the young receiver as the Vikings will have no run game to speak of.
2017 Week 3 vs TB (11 / 8 / 173 / 2 rec)
Diggs had expressed this week that he wanted to prove that his week one performance was no fluke. The former 5th round pick established his dominance early and often collecting 8 of his 11 targets and another two touchdowns. Diggs most impressive play came on a 59-yard strike deep down the middle of the field. Diggs beat the corner on a deep drag and then outran both safeties to the end zone. The most impressive part was that Tampa was flagged for having 12 men on the field and still could not stop Diggs. The offense runs through Diggs and Adam Thielen as the run game did not get going until the receivers opened up the field. Diggs will look to prove himself again next week against the Lions.
2017 Week 2 vs PIT (6 / 2 / 27 / 0 rec, 1 / 4 / 0 rush)
Stefon Diggs was unable to duplicate his success from last week and was really neutralized by a Pittsburgh defense that won its man to man coverage battles. There should have been a lot of room for the receivers to run with the additional defenders in the box but Case Keenum was wildly inaccurate and had a lot of pressure in his face on almost every throw. Diggs lone highlight came on a ball that floated in right over his outside shoulder and the second-year receiver was able to drag his toes for the catch. Keenum took a big hit on the play but stood in to make the pass. Diggs will look to rebound with the rest of the offense next week against Tampa Bay.
2017 Week 1 vs NO (8 / 7 / 93 / 2 rec, 1 / -6 / 0 rush)
Diggs fell just shy of 100-yards receiving on the night, but more importantly hauled in two touchdowns from Sam Bradford. The second-year receiver had a very shaky third preseason game, but that was quickly forgotten as he shredded the New Orleans defense all night. Most of Diggs' damage came on the outside and through contested catches over the Saints corners. There was his 2-yard touchdown catch where he came down with both feet as he juggled the ball and his big 30-yard gain down the side line where he just barely managed to tap his second toe before going out of bounds. Thielen may have outpaced Diggs in the yards department but #14 was the true star receiver for the Vikings last night.
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