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WR Stefon Diggs - Minnesota Vikings

6-0, 195Born: 2-10-1994College: MarylandDrafted: Round 5

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Week 15: vs Cincinnati Bengals

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FBG says: Neutral matchup. There's always the hanging implication that Teddy Bridgewater is just one rough Case Keenum start away from taking over the job - he reportedly came very close to getting the nod four weeks ago. But Keenum continues to run this offense well, and he'll likely close the season as the starter. Keenum has not only brought a relatively safe, solid presence to the Vikings' quarterback spot. He's also flashed dynamism, taking full advantage of his dazzling 1-2 wideout punch and producing touchdowns at a strong rate. Dating back to Week 8, he's averaging 277 yards - topping 280 in 5 of those 6 games - and 2.2 touchdowns, with 2+ scores in 5 of the 6. In Adam Thielen, one of the league's breakout stars in 2017, and Stefon Diggs, there's more than enough explosiveness in this passing game to keep Keenum rolling along. Always note his floor, but enjoy the ride, and take heart that he has such dynamic talent to work with. The Bengals pass defense has actually remained the team's strength through a turbulent season. They're allowing the league's sixth-fewest passing yards (229 per game) and ninth-fewest touchdowns (1.23). Granted, most of those solid numbers have been built by facing a who's who of poor passing games. The Bengals have predictably struggled against the likes of Aaron Rodgers and Ben Roethlisberger. This unit is strong, but not necessarily prohibitive; prolific passing games don't have too much trouble working their way past. With both starting cornerbacks hurt - Adam Jones is on IR and Dre Kirkpatrick is uncertain after a Week 13 concussion - this unit could break apart going forward, and the Vikings' emerging pass game could feast.

Recent Stats and Projections

11 vs LAR 53 0 0 0 6 4 32 0 0 3.2
12 at DET 66 1 9 0 7 5 66 0 0 7.5
13 at ATL 48 1 5 0 5 2 32 0 0 3.7
14 at CAR 70 0 0 0 10 6 64 0 0 6.4
15 vs CIN PROJ-Dodds * 0 * * 5 * * * *
15 vs CIN PROJ-Tremblay * 0 * * 4 * * * *
15 vs CIN PROJ-Bloom * 1 * * 5 * * * *

Recent Game Summaries

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.


Latest News

Vikings | Six receptions for Stefon Diggs (Sun Dec 10, 05:19 PM) - Minnesota Vikings TE Stefon Diggs hauled in six receptions for 64 yards on 10 targets in Week 14 against the Carolina Panthers.

Our View: Diggs has become a bigger part of the short passing game, although if Case Keenum wasn't off on a late end zone target, Diggs would have capped his day with a touchdown. He should still be in your lineup against the Bengals next week.
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Vikings | Stefon Diggs held to two catches (Sun Dec 3, 04:36 PM) - Minnesota Vikings WR Stefon Diggs caught two passes for 32 yards against the Atlanta Falcons in Week 13.

Our View: Diggs had a nice gain at the open of the game and was quiet for the rest of the contest. His and the Vikings passing game's weekly ceiling is too high to leave him on the bench next week at Carolina.
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