WR Stefon Diggs - Minnesota Vikings
|6-0, 195||Born: 2-10-1994||College: Maryland||Drafted: Round 5, pick 2015|
2018 Week 1 vs SF (6 / 3 / 43 / 1 rec, 1 / 8 / 0 rush)
There is a lot of competition in the Vikings' receiving core for targets, but the bulk are going to go through Diggs and Thielen. This may be one of the only times you see Diggs not in the top 2 players for targets in a given week. He finished a close third behind running back Dalvin Cook, but did one thing no other receiver did, found the end zone. Diggs had to contend with Richard Sherman and a stingy 49er secondary and only hauled in half of his 6 targets this week. He did bet his man down the left sideline for a 22-yard touchdown but could not find very much room to run outside of that. All the extra attention paid to Diggs did help open things up for Thielen and Treadwell, but Cousins struggled with accuracy this week and both receivers had at least one drop. Diggs looks to continue his breakout season from a year ago but is going to have a difficult time as opposing teams key in on trying to stop him.
2018 Week 2 vs GB (13 / 9 / 128 / 2 rec, 1 / 1 / 0 rush)
With two touchdowns, over 100 yards, and a game tying two-point conversion, Diggs played a huge role for the Vikings again this week. Diggs was targeted 13 times and tied Adam Thielen for the team lead. This was his second straight game with over 100 yards and 2 touchdowns. His first touchdown was a very interesting play. Cousins called him into motion, he broke in towards the backfield like he was going to run a jet sweep, then cut back outside after revealing the coverage, and eventually caught an easy 3-yard touchdown on a quick out. The motion back and forth looked odd, but it served a purpose and resulted in a touchdown. His second score came on a 75-yard bomb down the right sideline. He lined up next to Laquon Treadwell, who pulled the coverage to the inside, and all Diggs had to do was beat his corner in soft coverage. Cousins hit Diggs right in stride and he outran the safety who was late getting over in coverage. The two touchdowns were huge, but it was the two-point conversion play that helped send it to over time. The Vikings lined up in a bunch formation to the right side with Diggs left isolated on the left. Cousins looked right briefly and then threw a fade to the back corner of the end zone for Diggs. He caught the ball easily and attempted to silence the crowd with the score now tied late in the fourth quarter.
2018 Week 3 vs BUF (10 / 4 / 17 / 0 rec)
Cousins and Diggs just did not have it this week. After connecting on big plays, the first 2 weeks of the year, the QB/WR duo could not get anything going this week. Diggs was targeted 10 times but outstanding coverage from the Bills and an ineffective Cousins made it tough for Diggs to get anything going. Their longest play of the game was 7 yards and Diggs was outgained by 7 other Viking players this week. This is a far cry from the 100+ yards and a touchdown that Diggs has averaged so far this season. The blanket coverage on Diggs did open things up for Thielen underneath but it was not enough for the Vikings to score or really get anything going on offense all game. Diggs will look to rebound against a tough Rams secondary next week on Thursday night.
2018 Week 4 vs LAR (15 / 11 / 123 / 0 rec)
If there is one constant in the Viking offense, it is that Diggs is going to catch just about everything thrown his way. He hauled in 11 of his 15 targets and surpassed 100 yards receiving for the third time this season. Cousins took a couple deep shots down the field for Diggs but was unable to connect on any of them. His longest play of the game was a 34-yard catch and run down the sideline. He spun off the initial tackle and then broke another on his way to a big first down. There was another play where a diving Sam Shields prevented Diggs from catching a ball down the sideline for what should have been a touchdown. Shields went full extension to knock down the pass and even Diggs had to smile and congratulate him on the play. Diggs is normally targeted in the red zone more, but he lost out on opportunity with Aldrick Robinson hauling in 2 red zone touchdown passes. Diggs is going to need every bit of his magic next week against the defending world champs in Philadelphia.
2018 Week 5 vs PHI (11 / 10 / 91 / 0 rec, 2 / 25 / 0 rush)
The Vikings have one of the best 1-2 punches in the league in regard to Diggs and Thielen. Diggs is a jack of all trades and is being used all over the offense. He led the team in targets this week with 11 and also had the longest rushing play of either team. Diggs took an end around for 20 yards for his first carry and then another 5 yards with his second. He accounted for almost a third of the team's rush yards in those 2 plays alone. In the passing game he continued his normal mix of short passes and screens as well as trying to stretch the field with long go routes. His longest catch was 25 yards, and he averaged 9 yards per reception this week. There were several quick hits and screens that were sniffed out by the Eagles and he was tackled at or behind the line of scrimmage. It seems like either Diggs or Thielen is going to break through every week and it just happened to be Thielen's turn this week. Diggs should have a great matchup again next week against Arizona.
2018 Week 6 vs ARI (5 / 3 / 33 / 0 rec, 1 / 9 / 0 rush)
This week was all about Thielen and it came at the expense of Diggs and the rest of the receiving core. Diggs received a third of the targets that Thielen did (5 to 15) and never really got a chance to get going. He had the tough task of going up against Patrick Peterson and that had a lot to do with his quiet day. His longest reception was 16 yards and that accounted for almost half of his total for the game. Diggs was also given a single carry on an end around that he took for 9 yards. It was a little surprising that they did not give him the ball again, but Latavius Murray was having so much success between the tackles that they did not feel the need to. Diggs will look to get back on track next week against the Jets.
2018 Week 7 vs NYJ (14 / 8 / 33 / 0 rec, 2 / -7 / 0 rush)
It was another week to forget for Diggs. He had the volume this week with 14 targets and 2 carries in the run game, but he did not have the production to go with it. The blocking just was not there, and he was consistently tackled at or behind the line of scrimmage. He led the team in targets but only averaged 4.1 yards per catch. Teams continue to get burned by Thielen and Diggs has not been able to capitalize on the additional attention paid to Thielen. Diggs also did not have any luck in the rushing offense either and had 2 runs with negative yards. His longest play of the day was 10 yards and he did not find any more room than that. Defenses are going to continue to devote more coverage to Thielen and it should give Diggs more room to run. He is going to need better play design and more opportunity down the field if he wants to make a difference. Diggs will take on the light defense of the New Orleans Saints next week as he tried to recreate the Minneapolis Miracle.
2018 Week 8 vs NO (11 / 10 / 119 / 1 rec)
After playing second fiddle to Thielen for most of the season, Diggs finally got back on top this week. He surpassed Thielen in targets, catches, and yards this week. His 11 targets were a team high this week and his 31-yard reception was the longest of the game. Diggs scored the Vikings first touchdown of the game in the 1st quarter when he was able to catch a 4th down pass from Cousins in the side of the end zone. Diggs had just enough room to drag his back foot and retain possession of the ball for the score. He has a great opportunity for a second touchdown in the 2nd half but was tackled by a falling down Eli Apple for a clear pass interference call. Apple did not have any help over the top and Diggs had shook him so hard that he fell down. It would have been an easy score, but never came to be. It has been a much slower season so far for Diggs, but he is drawing the top coverage from the opposing team every week. He has another tough matchup with Darius Slay next week and the Lions.
2018 Week 11 vs CHI (18 / 13 / 126 / 1 rec)
After missing the game right before the Bye week due to a rib injury, Diggs was back in full force this week. He was the main beneficiary of the Bears focusing on Thielen underneath and torched them on the outside. He saw a career high 18 targets this week and hauled in a 5-yard touchdown at the end of the game. It was 3rd and goal from the 5-yard line and Diggs beat the zone coverage to the inside on a quick slant. You could see him point out in front of him as if he was telling Cousins where to throw it. The Vikings failed the ensuing 2-point conversion attempt as well as the onside kick attempt. Diggs also chipped in a 25-yard catch and run down the sideline, but his big day was not enough to propel the Vikings to a win. Diggs will really need to step up in the coming weeks if the Vikings want to remain in the playoff hunt.
2018 Week 12 vs GB (11 / 8 / 77 / 1 rec, 1 / 12 / 0 rush)
It can be had to co-exist in an offense dominated by Thielen, but Diggs continues to carve out a big chunk every week. He continues to show that he has some of the best hands in the league and seems to make a big play every week. Diggs kicked off the first scoring drive with a 24-yard catch and run across the middle and made a tough catch on a ball behind him to get a first down on the final drive to run out the clock for the Vikings. Diggs also had a 12-yard end around rush for the longest play on the ground for the Vikings this week. The touchdown play was a thing of beauty and was the second longest pass of the game for the Vikings. After the play action fake to Cook, Cousins found Diggs wide open down the side line and into the end zone. A crossing route between Diggs and Thielen caused his defender to get confused and fall, leaving Diggs wide open for the easy score. This was high 6th touchdown on the season and Diggs has a realistic chance at over 1000 yards receiving and 10 touchdowns if he keeps up his current pace.
2018 Week 13 vs NE (5 / 5 / 49 / 0 rec)
It was a frustrating day for Viking receivers. They seemed to take exception with the coverage by New England and were looking for flags all over the place. Diggs was visibly angry on the sideline when they did not call pass interference on a play in the end zone to Robinson. Diggs caught all 5 of his targets this week but only broke free once for 24 yards. This was one of the rare times a Viking player was able to break a tackle and get extra yards after the catch. It was not a great game for the Viking pass game this week and Diggs is going to have to play much better next week if the Vikings want to keep their playoff hopes alive.
2018 Week 14 vs SEA (6 / 4 / 76 / 0 rec, 1 / 5 / 0 rush)
By the time Diggs made a big play it was too little too late. His 48-yard catch down the side line late in the 4th quarter helped set up the only score for the Vikings but there was not enough time left to make a difference. The rest of the game was a comedy of errors from Cousins and ineffective play calling. Diggs had more than half of his yards on that one big play and was tackled right after the catch or after a short gain on almost every other throw. Cousins was delivering the ball just a little too late and Diggs had not time to break free. With the Vikings not showing any sort of run game, teams have been able to focus their time and attention on Diggs and Thielen. It is almost impossible to make plays when the ball is not getting there on time or when there are extra defenders in the secondary. It is going to take a monumental effort from Diggs in the final 3 weeks and a lot of other things to happen around the league for the Vikings to make the playoffs.
2018 Week 15 vs MIA (7 / 4 / 49 / 1 rec, 1 / 9 / 0 rush)
With Thielen struggling, Diggs stepped up this week for the Vikings. He led the team with 7 targets and 4 receptions. He was only a few yards behind Conklin for the team lead. His longest catch of the game was 17 yards, but the most important was his 13-yard touchdown. Diggs kicked off the scoring with one of his easiest touchdown catches of the season. The play action fake from Cousins go the defense to bite and a blown coverage left Diggs all alone in the end zone. Cousins rolled to his right and found Diggs all alone in the corner of the end zone. It was a perfect play to set the tone for the entire game for the Vikings. Diggs also did a great job blocking down field for Cook and Murray out of the back field and proved his all-around worth. The Viking offense looked good under their new coordinator this week but will have tougher tests in the next 2 weeks.
2018 Week 16 vs DET (6 / 2 / 10 / 1 rec)
It has been a quiet but good season for Diggs. He has an outside chance at 100 receptions this season and has been very graceful playing behind Thielen. Diggs only had 10 total yards this week but added the all-important first touchdown for the offense. Diggs broke on an 8-yard out route and beat the corner to the pylon for the score. It is a route that can easily be jumped by the corner if they read the play, but Diggs did a great job hiding it and Cousins delivered a perfect ball. The Vikings have a tough draw against the Bears next week and Diggs will need a more productive game if they want to clinch their playoff spot.
2018 Week 17 vs CHI (10 / 8 / 47 / 1 rec)
Towards the end of the game, it looked like Diggs was the only one who was really trying to make the comeback. He was visibly frustrated and could be seen slamming his helmet as he went to the sideline after a turnover on downs in the second half. Diggs was targeted 10 times this week and caught 8 of those passes. The Bears did a great job tackling and there were not many yards after the catch for anyone. Diggs was able to do enough this week to get him over 1,000 yards for the season, but personal stats do not matter when you are fighting for a playoff spot. Diggs' longest catch of the night was 18 yards and he did all the work weaving through the defense after the catch. He did catch the lone Viking touchdown on a 2-yard drag play. Cousins fired the ball off his back foot to a streaking Diggs in the corner of the end zone. It was a play where he simply outran his man to a spot in the end zone. Diggs ends the year with 102 receptions for 1,021 yards and 9 touchdowns.
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.
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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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.
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.
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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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.
2015 Week 4 vs DEN (10 / 6 / 87 / 0 rec)
It was a good news/bad news kind of day for rookie Stefon Diggs. On the one hand, Diggs stepped up in the absence of the injured Charles Johnson, catching 6-of-10 targets (the same amount of targets as Mike Wallace) for 87 yards. Diggs had success in splitting defenders and creating space with sharp route running and by using his body at times to ward off cornerbacks. He looks like, with a little more polish, that he will have some big-play ability. On the downside, he fumbled twice and while he recovered the ball both times, he has to protect the ball better. If he doesn't, Diggs might give way quickly to a healthy Charles Johnson.
2015 Week 6 vs KC (9 / 7 / 129 / 0 rec)
For the second week in a row, Diggs and Teddy Bridgewater seemed to be in perfect sync, with the two hooking up on seven of their nine attempts. After the game, Diggs told reporters (per Vikings PR Department) "Yeah, being out there practicing together and working on extra reps, all the little things matter when working on a quarterback and receiver relationship. We're going to keep at it. I'm going to do everything I can to be that reliable guy." Diggs seems equally talented when it comes to gaining separation as he is when the ball is contested. He made a very nice sideline catch late in the first quarter, when Bridgewater threw a pass to Diggs' back shoulder, which the receiver turned and caught while keeping his feet in bounds. Diggs will also continue his route while Bridgewater is scrambling, making sure he is trying to get open and bail his quarterback out. He did that in the middle of the fourth quarter on a 3rd and 15 deep in the Minnesota end of the field. On the play, Bridgewater was flushed from the pocket, and scrambled away from the defenders, but kept his eyes downfield. Meanwhile, Diggs continued his route, finding open space between four defenders and making himself available to Bridgewater, who threw to him for a big first down. It will be interesting to see how this shakes out when Charles Johnson comes back down the road.
2015 Week 7 vs DET (9 / 6 / 108 / 1 rec, 1 / 9 / 0 rush)
If anyone was worried about whether Stefon Diggs would lose snaps to Charles Johnson as the latter returned to action, they can stop worrying. Diggs' nine targets were the most of any receiver by far and he and quarterback Teddy Bridgewater clearly have a lot of chemistry together. Diggs was a reliable option for Bridgewater, using some nice route running and speed to get open and then a willingness to fight for the ball when making a catch. The peak moment for his game on Sunday was a brilliant catch on a 36-yard touchdown in the third quarter that put the Vikings ahead for good. On the play, Diggs went on a 'Go' route down the left side of the field, putting a fantastic double-move on Rashean Mathis that left the cornerback's head spinning. Mathis was staring into the backfield and got burned for it. Bridgewater's pass was just a tad long, but Diggs laid out and extended his body to make a tremendous catch for a touchdown. Diggs also showed some excellent speed on a short crossing route as he ran away from Mathis (again), caught the ball and then turned upfield gaining most of the yardage of the 30-yard play after the catch.
2015 Week 8 vs CHI (12 / 6 / 95 / 1 rec)
Diggs is without a doubt Teddy Bridgewater's favorite target and with good reason. He's reliable, has good speed and is elusive after the catch. He will also bail his quarterback out, as he did on a poor throw late in the game. Diggs was open along the left sideline and Bridgewater threw him the ball but it was slow and a little off target. That allowed the defense to step up and try to make a play on the ball. Diggs jumped over the defender and made the catch. After the catch, Diggs was able to elude several defenders to add a few more yards to the play. Of course a bigger play for both players was the game-tying touchdown with two minutes left in the game. Diggs ran a ten-yard route and the suddenness and sharpness of his cuts lost the defender. Diggs then used his body to block out the Bears defender and made a nice catch. The defender tried to dive and make the tackle but Diggs sidestepped out of the way and then turned upfield. He ran for the front corner of the end zone for the score. He eluded one more defender, then bowled a final one over.
2015 Week 9 vs LA (5 / 3 / 42 / 0 rec)
While he started out a bit slow, but did draw a pass interference penalty on his first target in the first quarter. He only saw one more target in the first half, a five yard reception--as the Rams did an excellent job of keeping a lid on him and pressuring Teddy Bridgewater. Diggs was also the target on Bridgewater's third quarter interception. On the play, Diggs ran what appears to be a corner route and Bridgewater instead threw it inside and short. Whether the quarterback expected Diggs to run a post instead or if it was just a badly thrown ball is impossible to say but Diggs did his best to disrupt the pick, going so far as to draw an offensive pass interference penalty. It wasn't enough, and the Rams had their turnover. Just a few minutes later, Diggs ran a spectacular route for a 30 yard completion. On the play, Diggs did a double-move, first stepping inside, but then quickly cutting back to the sideline and losing Janoris Jenkins. Once Shaun Hill came in to replace a concussed Bridgewater, Diggs was not a receiving factor. Overall he didn't have a huge day, but Diggs should bounce back next week, if Bridgewater is under center. Despite not playing in first three games, Stefon Diggs has compiled 461 receiving yards, the second most ever by a Vikings rookie after 8 games (per Vikings PR/Game Notes).
2015 Week 10 vs OAK (2 / 2 / 46 / 0 rec, 1 / 10 / 0 rush)
As this was clearly a run-first offense and the Raiders effective in blanketing receivers, it was a quiet day for Stefon Diggs, and the second one of those in a row. The team did get him the ball by calling a carry for him, which he turned into a 10-yard gain, and drew a pass interference penalty. His big play was on a short pass just behind the first down marker. He turned, made a defender miss and sprinted upfield for another 31 yards, dodging another defender and dragging another player with him. We know Diggs is a playmaker, but unless and until this team starts throwing the ball more, his impact is being curtailed.
2015 Week 11 vs GB (9 / 6 / 66 / 0 rec)
Diggs was Teddy Bridgewater's main target Sunday, and he did a great job of getting open and darting in and out of breaks, creating some separation through sharp route running. For example, in the second quarter, the defender has Diggs well covered, but the receiver stops short on his cut and loses the cornerback long enough to make the catch and advance the ball. Diggs is Bridgewater's best and most reliable receiver, but they are limited in what damage they can do with the offensive line a mess.
2015 Week 12 vs ATL (4 / 4 / 31 / 0 rec)
While Diggs caught all of his targets, there were just four of them and he didn't see anything in the second or fourth quarters at all, with just one target in the third. The Falcons worked hard to limit Diggs after an early trio of catches and with the heavy dose of Adrian Peterson the Vikings were doling out, Diggs ended up with a quiet afternoon.
2015 Week 13 vs SEA (6 / 2 / 22 / 0 rec, 1 / -6 / 0 rush)
While they normally have great chemistry, Diggs and Teddy Bridgewater were not on the same page Sunday. Most of what Diggs did was run longer routes and Bridgewater overthrew him twice, once resulting in an interception. They were more successful on shorter and intermediate rkoutes, something the team should do more of going forward.
2015 Week 14 vs ARI (7 / 2 / 12 / 0 rec)
Whereas earlier in the year, Diggs and Teddy Bridgewater seemed to share a brain and were always in sync. On Thursday, Diggs had to deal with Patrick Peterson and was not up to the task for the most part. Bridgewater also seemed to be so concerned with Peterson making a play that his throws were well off the mark. Bridgewater seemed to throw a little too high or a little too out of Diggs' reach as the quarterback tried to make sure the pass wasn't intercepted.
2015 Week 15 vs CHI (4 / 3 / 55 / 2 rec)
Diggs didn't put up a ton of yards, but he made the most of his catches with a pair of touchdowns. On the first, Diggs ran to the back corner of the end zone, where Teddy Bridgewater dropped a perfect pass over the defender's head and Diggs' arms. It was a nice route and Diggs got good separation, though the pass would have been good even in tighter coverage. Later, Diggs ran an underneath crossing route and when the Bears linebacker was too slow to react, Bridgewater delivered another nice pass and Diggs had room to run. After dodging one tackler, Diggs dragged a second into the end zone for a score. It does look like he and Bridgewater are starting to heat up again.
2015 Week 16 vs NYG (5 / 4 / 19 / 0 rec)
Diggs and Teddy Bridgewater seemed in sync Sunday night, but as Bridgewater threw just 25 passes, completing 15, there just wasn't much work to go around. He did a nice job on a comeback route that he was able to take for a first down but never saw a target beyond the first quarter as the Vikings had a lot of success on the ground.
2015 Week 17 vs GB (2 / 1 / 8 / 0 rec)
Diggs has cooled off in the late portion of the season and that continued Sunday night as he only saw two targets, catching one down the middle of the field for close to a first down. With just 19 passes, he isn't getting much opportunity to make plays.