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WR Adam Thielen - Minnesota Vikings

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

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Week 12: at Detroit Lions

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Recent Stats and Projections

8 at CLE 78 0 0 0 10 5 98 1 0 15.8
10 at WAS 55 0 0 0 12 8 166 1 0 22.6
11 vs LAR 73 0 0 0 9 6 123 1 0 18.3
12 at DET PROJ-Tremblay * 0 * * 5 * * * *

Recent Game Summaries

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.


Latest News

Vikings | Another big game for Adam Thielen (Sun Nov 19, 06:42 PM) - Minnesota Vikings WR Adam Thielen posted six receptions for 123 yards and a touchdown on nine targets in Week 11 against the Los Angeles Rams.

Our View: Thielen flashed great straight line speed on his catch and run score. He has been a strong WR1 for most of the season and has a good connection with Case Keenum, although he may see Darius Slay's shutdown coverage on Thanksgiving. There's still no way you are benching him right now.
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Vikings | Adam Thielen has a big afternoon (Sun Nov 12, 08:51 PM) - Minnesota Vikings WR Adam Thielen posted eight receptions for a season-high 166 yards and a touchdown on 12 targets in Week 10 against the Washington Redskins.

Our View: Thielen was unstoppable, even when he was covered well or interfered with. He has an excellent connection with Case Keenum and should be considered a WR1 going forward.
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