WR Stefon Diggs - Minnesota Vikings
|6-0, 195||Born: 2-10-1994||College: Maryland||Drafted: Round 5|
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Recent Game Summaries
2016 Week 16 vs GB (6 / 4 / 29 / 1 rec)
Diggs continues to barely be an afterthought in the offense, though he did score for the first time since Week 8. On the play, Diggs ran a corner route and had a step on the defender. Sam Bradford threw a perfect pass ahead of Diggs, who hauled it in for the touchdown.
2016 Week 15 vs IND (5 / 2 / 13 / 0 rec)
Things just haven't been going Diggs' way the second half of this year, and this game was no exception. The day got off to a rough start, as Diggs was called for a false start near the end of the first quarter. He was also the target on a poorly thrown ball by Sam Bradford which was intercepted near the end of the first half. The two players continue to be on different pages--arguably in whole different books--and Diggs is a long way from the prolific receiver he was in the first half of the season.
2016 Week 14 vs JAX (5 / 3 / 55 / 0 rec)
Diggs continues to be a non-entity in this offense. While he made several nice catches, he failed to haul in a slightly high pass (which he got his hands on) on a post pattern in the second quarter, while Sam Bradford overthrew him on a comeback route down the sideline later. The two don't seem to be on the same page lately, and Diggs hasn't been able to avail himself of the moments when they are. Diggs did make a nice diving catch in the second quarter on a 45-yard bomb. Even that was a good indicator of his and Bradford's issues as if Bradford had placed the ball a little better, Diggs could have remained on his feet and kept standing.
2016 Week 13 vs DAL (8 / 8 / 59 / 0 rec)
Diggs caught every single one of his targets, but that's because the Cowboys were content to let him be open short and then immediately hit him when he caught the ball. Diggs gets open, but his ceiling is limited in an offense which takes no chances.
2016 Week 11 vs ARI (7 / 6 / 37 / 0 rec)
Diggs was shadowed by Patrick Peterson a ton, and that prevented the receiver from doing anything in the first half. He was targeted on one long bomb, but he and Sam Bradford couldn't connect on it. The second half was a whole different story, as he caught all six of his targets, though Peterson kept him from turning any of those receptions into a big play. Diggs had to work hard for every pass and every inch of ground and was successful but that success was not what you normally see from him because of the coverage.
2016 Week 10 vs WAS (15 / 13 / 164 / 0 rec)
Diggs saw the ball a ton against Washington, though all of his catches (and targets) came in the second and fourth quarters. Sam Bradford went to Diggs six times on the final drive (which ended in two Bradford sacks)and the receiver caught all of them for a total of 47 yards. Then Washington brought pressure while also blanketing Diggs and Bradford couldn't get the ball to his most reliable receiver. Diggs did a good job otherwise in shaking coverage and giving his quarterback a perfect target by positioning his body to shield the ball from the defender.
2016 Week 9 vs DET (14 / 13 / 80 / 0 rec, 1 / 12 / 0 rush)
On the upside, Diggs was a cornerstone for the gameplan against the Lions. On the downside, nearly every attempt was short so his total yards were low. He also dropped one very catchable ball on a short out which he could have gained bonus yard with after the catch. He rebounded and later made a great catch with a defender draped over him, before spinning out of the Lions' grasp and gaining a first down. Diggs had success gaining separation on the short routes to be open for Bradford, but the line is still not giving him enough time to get open on deep routes so Sam Bradford could never uncork one to him.
2016 Week 8 vs CHI (13 / 8 / 76 / 1 rec)
While Diggs and quarterback Sam Bradford did connect up eight times, there were more than a few moments where we saw the two still struggling to get on the same page. On one incomplete pass, Diggs was open down the middle of the field and would have scored if Bradford hadn't overthrown him. On another play, Diggs went long down the sideline, but Bradford threw short, thinking his receiver was going to come back on his route. Diggs did make a nice catch in the fourth quarter, when he ran down the middle again and got a step on the defender. Bradford threw over the defender's head and Diggs leapt up and made a nice grab, coming down in the end zone for the lone touchdown of the night for the Vikings offense.
2016 Week 4 vs NYG (7 / 5 / 47 / 0 rec, 1 / -1 / 0 rush)
It was a quiet night for Diggs, normally Sam Bradford's favorite receiver. He was covered by Giants corner Janoris Jenkins quite a bit and his first target--coming in the second quarter--resulted in a drop. Teams have begun keying on Diggs a bit, and the Vikings are both spreading the ball out a bit more and using tight end Kyle Rudolph in the red zone. Both things have limited Diggs' production, and Jenkins did a nice job hanging with him most of Monday night. There were times he was open on plays, but either Sam Bradford had decided to go elsewhere, or his missed him in his progressions. While it's now two down games in a row, the Vikings are making teams suffer for focusing too much on Diggs so even though his stats don't show a ton of impact, he's having a big one anyway. Even with the blanketed coverage and the other options, Bradford found Diggs several times and more than once Diggs found a way to gain separation or use his body to ward off the defender to make the catch.
2016 Week 3 vs CAR (7 / 4 / 40 / 0 rec)
The first half was a real mess for the Minnesota Vikings passing offense and, consequently, Stefon Diggs' production. Quarterback Sam Bradford was under constant duress in the first and second quarters, and it certainly kept him from getting the ball to Diggs. After a short completion early on, the two were nearly involved in an interception when cornerback James Bradberry jumped the route but couldn't hang onto the ball. Diggs only saw one more pass in the first half (which fell incomplete) but the two fared better in the third quarter, when Diggs ran a nice out route to the left sideline where he was wide open for a Bradford pass. Shortly after that, they ran virtually the same play with a slightly deeper route for another completion and a first down. That was about the extent of their production as the pair never got into a good rhythm, even in the second half.
2016 Week 2 vs GB (11 / 9 / 182 / 1 rec)
It seems as if Stefon Diggs and Sam Bradford have great chemistry as he and the new quarterback connected nine out of eleven times. Diggs emerged as Bradford's "go-to" guy, and he had a great deal of success against the Packers secondary, especially Damarious Randall, torching him for three big plays. Diggs wasn't just the best part of the offense--he was virtually all of the offense. His 182 receiving yards total accounted for 63.6 percent of the overall passing yards. This is the second straight game in a row where Diggs topped 100 yards, and he scored his first touchdown this weekend as well. On the play, Diggs smoked Randall (again) on a post route. As Cris Collinsworth pointed out on the broadcast, Diggs shifted inside, then worked back outside before moving back toward the post route. Randall was totally turned around and Bradford dropped a dime right into Diggs' hands.
2016 Week 1 vs TEN (9 / 7 / 103 / 0 rec, 1 / -1 / 0 rush)
While Diggs was the top target for Shaun Hill, we don't know for sure if Sam Bradford will see it the same way. That said, Diggs certainly will have caught Bradford's attention with his play against the Titans. Diggs made some big catches, extending drives and converting third downs throughout the game. He was getting open at will and Bradford should rely on him if he is rational. The Vikings did a good job of moving him around to get releases from different spots on the line. Diggs consistently came back to the ball and played like a quarterback's best friend.
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