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WR Adam Thielen - Minnesota Vikings

6-3, 200Born: 8-22-1990College: Minnesota StateDrafted: ---

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General News (Thu Feb 1): indicated that the back fractures he sustained during the Divisional Round win over the New Orleans Saints were not serious, and he is "pretty much healthy" heading into the offseason.

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Recent Stats and Projections

17 vs CHI 66 0 0 0 7 6 61 0 0 6.1
19 vs NO 77 0 0 0 9 6 74 0 0 7.4
20 at PHI 0 0 0 0 9 3 28 0 0 2.8

Recent Game Summaries

2017 Week 20 vs PHI (9 / 3 / 28 / 0 rec)

If anyone felt the ineffectiveness of Keenum, it was Adam Thielen. He was targeted 9 times but only managed to make 3 catches for less than 30 yards because of errant passes. Keenum could not seem to hit the broad side of a barn when throwing to Thielen. Give credit to the Philadelphia defense who pressed Thielen to disrupt his routes and got enough pressure on Keenum to throw off his rhythm. The longest play of the day for Thielen was a 12-yard crossing pattern. There was the acrobatic touchdown catch on 4th down that was reversed upon replay showing the ball touched the ground. Keenum threw up a prayer into double coverage that Thielen looked to catch while on his back on the ground. However, as he rolled over the ball bounced off the turf and was easily overturned. Thielen did not finish the season the way he started as teams started to shape their coverage around him, but he still was half of one of the best WR duos in the NFL this season. It will be interesting to see if this success translates to next season.

2017 Week 19 vs NO (9 / 6 / 74 / 0 rec)

Thielen played an integral part in keeping Viking drives alive this week but was held out of the end zone once again. Keenum looked to Thielen several times but did not give him much room to run with his passes. Thielen made several leaping and diving catches to bail out Keenum and move the chains. The biggest play of the day was a 24-yard reception where Keenum threw the ball off his back foot and it sailed high towards Thielen and 2 defenders. A similar pass had been intercepted earlier in the game but Thielen was able to go up and bring this ball in for a Viking first down. Thielen was hobbled on a tackle out of bounds late in the first half and did not seem to have the same speed and ability to cut for the rest of the game. There was no official injury ruling and he should be good to go next week but it is something worth watching as the week progresses.

2017 Week 17 vs CHI (7 / 6 / 61 / 0 rec)

Thielen has seemed to give way to Stefon Diggs in recent weeks and lost some of his targets. Diggs is finally healthy again and teams have been scheming to take Thielen away. There has been a lot more press coverage at the line and linebackers trying to knock Thielen off his crossing routes. Thielen only finished 4 yards behind Diggs this week and registered 1 more target. The biggest difference is Thielen does not get in the end zone. Thielen needs room to operate and seems to disappear within the red zone for the Vikings. His biggest catch of the day was a 16-yard out route for a first down. Thielen and Diggs have been a two-headed receiving monster for the Vikings and will be difficult for any team to cover in the playoffs.

2017 Week 16 vs GB (6 / 2 / 24 / 0 rec)

Case Keenum just could not get on the same page as Thielen. The Packers were not in particularly great coverage, Keenum just missed on several throws and the Vikings has committed to the run. Thielen managed 21 of his 24 yards on 1 deep crossing route. This is the same route that he has been running all season and Keenum was able to hit him in stride. The QB/WR duo missed on 4 of their 6 targets this week, but with a dominant defensive performance, they were not needed. Thielen may not have been needed this week but he will have to continue his breakout season in the playoffs if the Vikings want to make a run.

2017 Week 15 vs CIN (5 / 3 / 30 / 0 rec)

This was a rather quiet game for Thielen as the Bengals schemed to take him out of the Viking offense. Corners were placed on him and they played press coverage at the line to disrupt any timing he may have had with Keenum. Of his 30 yards, 21 of them came on a single catch and he was effectively shut out for the rest of the game. The 21-yard catch and run by Thielen got the Vikings to the Bengal 5-yard line and set up an eventual Latavius Murray touchdown run. With Thielen being shut down, the Viking offense showed tremendous balance and the ability to score and win without one of their top guys having a good game.

2017 Week 14 vs CAR (13 / 6 / 105 / 1 rec)

Here is another reoccurring theme of the season. Thielen lead the team in targets with 13, lead the team in receiving yards with 105, had the longest play of the game for the Vikings with his 52-yard reception, and chipped in a touchdown for good measure. Thielen has been a surprise story all season, but his day actually could have been so much better if Keenum had been more accurate. On the first drive of the game, Thielen had a step on his man and Keenum underthrew him for an interception. There were 6 other occasions where the ball was thrown behind Thielen or right into coverage making it impossible for Thielen to make a play. The big 52-yard reception was more a by-product of a great route and breakaway speed by Thielen more than anything Keenum did. Thielen ran a skinny post, made a leaping catch across the middle, and then simply outran both his man and the safety to the pylon and the end zone. This was the big play the Vikings needed to get back into the game but unfortunately was not enough in the end. Thielen still ranks in the top 5 for receiving yards in the league and has 2 more opportunities to build on his break out campaign.

2017 Week 13 vs ATL (5 / 4 / 51 / 0 rec)

This was the worst game Thielen has put forth all season, and he still had 51 yards and averaged 12.8 yards per catch. Thielen has been a machine with his 100-yard games but faltered this week. The Falcons did a great job disguising their coverages and gave a lot of help over the top when covering Thielen. His biggest play did not come until the last drive of the game where the Vikings were just trying to run out the clock. On a 3rd and 4 play, Thielen caught a short pass and turned it up the field for 22 yards. Thielen has been great all season but was held in check this week against a revamped Falcons defense.

2017 Week 12 vs DET (11 / 8 / 89 / 0 rec)

Thielen continues to be Case Keenum's favorite target and had double-digit targets again this week. It is almost surprising to see a game where he does not have 100 yards receiving anymore but the end zone continues to elude him. The Vikings have several elite options in the red zone and Thielen tends to get overlooked from time to time. This week was not about the long plays and catching and running either as his longest play of the day was 16 yards. Thielen has made a living off the crossing route and using Kyle Rudolph as a rub off for his defender. Thielen is still second in the league in terms of receiving yards and he put together another solid game on Thanksgiving. He also almost lucked into a touchdown after Jerick McKinnon fumbled on the 3-yard line and Thielen recovered the ball in the end zone but the call was overturned after review.

2017 Week 11 vs LAR (9 / 6 / 123 / 1 rec)

Thielen continues to show that he might be the breakout player of the year in the NFL. Once considered just a possession receiver, Thielen once again showed that he is much more than that as he averaged 20 yards per reception for the third straight game. A big part of this was Thielen taking a simple hitch route cutting to the inside to elude the first defender and then outran safety John Johnson who had an angle on Thielen.

2017 Week 10 vs WAS (12 / 8 / 166 / 1 rec)

It looked like it was going to be the Stefon Diggs show early against the Redskins, but Keenum and Thielen found a rhythm from the second quarter on. Thielen lead the Vikings in targets, yards, and added an impressive touchdown grab and a 49-yard reception. The 49-yard reception came at the expense of Josh Norman and was entirely through the air. Thielen ran right up the seam and Keenum escaped the pass rush and rolled to his left. Had the ball been thrown a little further, Thielen could have avoided a diving Norman and taken the ball into the end zone. On the touchdown drive, Thielen accounted for 3 of the 6 plays and 62 total yards. The Vikings capitalized on the poor play of Bashaud Breeland and Thielen eventually found the end zone. Keenum had rolled to his right and found Thielen just over the goal line for the touchdown. The most impressive part was how Thielen wrestled the ball away from the defender after it was thrown just behind him. Thielen also added a 38-yard reception on this drive after beating Breeland in coverage. This was Thielen's second game with 150+ receiving yards, adding him to TY Hilton and Antonio Brown as the only receivers with more than one.

2017 Week 8 vs CLE (10 / 5 / 98 / 1 rec)

Another week and another missed opportunity for Thielen to have a monster game. The chemistry between Thielen and Case Keenum has been lacking in recent weeks and is evidenced by missed routes and several poorly thrown balls. Thielen tied McKinnon for a team-leading 10 targets, but only managed to catch 5 of them. Keenum missed Thielen on a few crossing routes or simply lead him too far down the sideline. The QB WR duo did hook up for a touchdown in the second quarter to get the Vikings back in the game. Thielen ran an out route just short of the goal line while Keenum scrambled in the pocket and eventually rolled to his right. The defense treated him as a runner and sucked in to come and make a tackle. This gave Thielen a chance to sneak into the corner of the end zone all alone and make the easy catch for a touchdown. The corner left his coverage and the safety did not make it over in time to make a play. Despite the overthrows or poor reads in coverage, Thielen fell only 2 yards short of 100 for the game and still leads the Vikings in receiving yards for the season.

2017 Week 7 vs BAL (12 / 5 / 41 / 0 rec)

Thielen was the most targeted Viking today but an ineffective Keenum made it tough for any receiver to do much damage today. Thielen was on the receiving end of many errant passes that fell at his feet or sailed over his head. Thielen only managed to catch 5 of his 12 targets today and never broke one for a long gain. His biggest gain came on a 14-yard quick hit where Thielen was run out of bounds. The volume of targets was expected with Stefon Diggs ruled out again this week but the overall effectiveness was not with the poor play of Case Keenum.

2017 Week 6 vs GB (13 / 9 / 97 / 0 rec)

Without Stefon Diggs, Thielen was the favorite target on the day with 13 targets and almost 100-yards receiving on the day. Thielen was used as a safety valve for Case Keenum as the Vikings never really tried to stretch the field. The only big play came on a 23-yard out route where the Packers had committed a linebacker to cover Thielen. The Packers did not bite on the play action at all but Thielen was able to outrun his man to the sideline for the reception. Thielen is also struggling with fumbling issues so far this season as he fumbled the ball out of bounds today. The young receiver is going up to make the catch no matter what and has not done a good job protecting the ball on the way down. Thielen's fumble at the end of the game against the Lions proved costly, but today the Vikings were still able to come out on top.

2017 Week 5 vs CHI (8 / 5 / 34 / 0 rec, 1 / 11 / 0 rush)

Thielen had a better game than Diggs but he still got lost in the wash of poor quarterback play in the first half and then lack of targets in the second half. The most exciting play for Thielen was an 11-yard end around that was the second longest rush on the day for the Vikings. Thielen also had a drop in the third quarter that would have resulted in a first down but he simply took his eyes off the ball and tried to turn upfield. Thielen and Diggs are an emerging wide receiver duo that benefits from the volume of targets in order to break their big plays. The Vikings had a nearly 50/50 split for rushing and passing plays (31 to 32 respectively). There are better days ahead for Thielen and the Vikings passing game but it will take a better effort from the quarterback to achieve it.

2017 Week 4 vs DET (8 / 5 / 59 / 0 rec)

There is no one mistake that the Vikings can point to as to why they lost this game but Thielen's fumble on the final drive of the game was certainly a big one. The Viking's defense managed to get a stop to give the offense one more chance at a touchdown late in the fourth quarter. Unfortunately, on the first play of that final drive, Thielen fumbled the ball after an 11-yard catch to end the game. Just like Stefon Diggs, Thielen was unable to break free of Detroit's coverage for big gains like he has previously this season. Teams are devoting more attention to Thielen and Diggs as the season wears on and it will be tough to find room to run. Thielen's lone big play came on a back-shoulder fade where the corner overran his coverage.

2017 Week 3 vs TB (8 / 5 / 98 / 0 rec)

Just like Stefon Diggs, Thielen needed to prove that he could contribute after a poor performance last week. The Vikings offense got back to its shallow crossing routes with Thielen and the undrafted wide receiver fell just short of another 100-yard game. Thielen has become an expert at using other receivers to rub his defender and break free. Thielen has dangerous speed in the open field and can turn short pass plays into long gains. Thielen's big gain came on a 45-yard pass play where he simply beat the corner down the sideline. The safety was late getting over to cover and the ball placed perfectly over his outside shoulder. The only thing that prevented this play from being a touchdown was a diving tackle by the corner. Case Keenum missed a few easy shots to Thielen on overthrows but overall it was a very productive day for all of the Vikings' wide receivers.

2017 Week 2 vs PIT (6 / 5 / 44 / 0 rec)

The entire Minnesota offense had a tough day and Thielen was no exception. Thielen has been a budding star in Minnesota since the end of last season, but today was not one of his best games. Thielen's lone big play came when he beat Steeler's corner Joe Haden for a 24-yard gain to set up an eventual Viking's field goal. The most disappointing aspect of today came on his crucial fumble on the last drive of the game. Thielen tried to reach the ball for a first down on 4th and 7 and the ball came loose. This is a game the Thielen and the Vikings hope to soon forget.

2017 Week 1 vs NO (10 / 9 / 157 / 0 rec)

Thielen picked right back up where he left off to end last season with another big game tonight. The undrafted wide receiver was targeted more than any other Vikings player and complied more yards after the catch than anyone. Bradford was able to hit Thielen in stride several times tonight for big gains and no one on the Saints seemed to be able to cover him. Thielen has mastered using Kyle Rudolph to screen his defender and run free across the middle. Look for the Vikings to use Thielen more and more out of the slot to get into the redzone before deferring to Rudolph and others in goal to go situations.


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