WR Adam Thielen - Minnesota Vikings
|6-3, 200||Born: 8-22-1990||College: Minnesota State||Drafted: ---|
News you need to know
From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Oct 21): Thielen suffered a hamstring injury that shortened his Week 7 and will probably cost him Week 8 at the least.
General News (Tue Oct 22): did not practice on Tuesday.
General News (Tue Oct 22): is improving quickly, and he has a chance to play in Week 8 Thursday, Oct. 24, according to head coach Mike Zimmer.
General News (Mon Oct 21): suffered a hamstring injury in the team's Week 7 game, but most reports said it wasn't a serious injury. Thielen underwent an MRI on Monday, Oct. 21, that confirmed much of the optimism reporters heard after the team's Week 7 game. While Thielen will likely miss Week 8 versus the Washington Redskins, he should be fine after that, according to Ben Goessling of the Minneapolis Star Tribune.
Week 8: vs Washington Redskins
Detailed matchup analysis coming soon.
Recent Stats and Projections
Weekly Performance vs WR 1, WR 12, WR 24, WR 36
Adam Thielen's percentile rank in each category, among WR with more than 50 fantasy points.
Recent Game Summaries
2019 Week 7 vs DET (2 / 1 / 25 / 1 rec)
Everything was looking good this week for Thielen and Cousins. They were coming off back to back good games and started this week off with a 25-yard touchdown connection. Unfortunately, Thielen was injured on the play and did not return to the game. It has been ruled a hamstring injury and could hamper him for the next few weeks. Thielen ran a deep drag route after coming all the way across the field in motion for Cousins to check the defensive coverage. Cousins saw it was zone coverage and rolled to his left long enough for Thielen to beat his man and catch the ball in the back of the end zone. Thielen got 2 feet down and injured his leg as he was sliding out of the back of the end zone. No timetable has been set on the injury, but this was his last play of the game this week.
2019 Week 6 vs PHI (8 / 6 / 57 / 1 rec, 1 / 0 / 0 rush)
Cousins and Thielen picked up where they left off last season on the first drive of the game. The Vikings marched 70 yards down the field and Thielen caught a 6-yard touchdown pass in the corner of the end zone. It was a beautifully thrown fade that Thielen ran under and tapped his toes for the score. The duo added a 20-yard connection later in the game and connected on 6 of 8 passes. Thielen was the main beneficiary last week and saw that role go to Diggs this week. Cousins worked hard to repair the relationship with Thielen last week and continued that this week to a lesser extent. Thielen will have a tough matchup next week against Darius Slay and the Lions.
2019 Week 5 vs NYG (8 / 7 / 130 / 2 rec)
Everything finally seems right with Cousins and Thielen after an interesting week in Minnesota. Thielen seemed to call out Cousins after the loss last week and Cousins proceeded to apologize on his radio show and promise to be better. The pair turned that into a 100-yard receiving day and 2 touchdowns. The first touchdown was a beautiful 15-yard back-shoulder fade to Thielen in the end zone. The ball threw him open as Thielen did not have much separation from his defender and he had to make the catch as he was falling to the ground. Thielen was the second option on the play after Cousins looked across the middle first and it showed a level of chemistry that has been missing all season. His second touchdown was a circus catch in the back of the end zone. Cousins let loose a high 9-yard pass that Thielen had to go up and get for the score. The pass was high to get up and over the linebacker in the middle of the field and Thielen had enough room in the back of the end zone to complete the catch. Thielen also accounted for the longest play of the game for either team on his 44-yard reception. Thielen set season highs for catches, receiving yards, and touchdowns this week. This game will go a long way to repairing the relationship between Cousins and Thielen and now they will just have to work on getting Diggs back into the mix.
2019 Week 4 vs CHI (6 / 2 / 6 / 0 rec)
After getting off to a great start last season, Thielen has seen a steep decline this year. There looks to be no chemistry with Cousins now and every pass that comes his way seems to be off the mark. Thielen caught 2 of his 6 targets this week and found himself venting to the media after the game. Cousins missed Thielen up the seam for what should have been an easy touchdown after he beat his man. The ball was thrown 5 yards too far down the field despite Thielen having more than 2 yards of a cushion on his defender. This was a throw that any quarterback in the NFL should be able to make. Thielen came into the year talking about being a team player and wanting to win over personal stats. This philosophy may go out the window if the offense continues to struggle the way it has.
2019 Week 3 vs OAK (5 / 3 / 55 / 1 rec, 1 / 1 / 1 rush)
One of the few things going right for Minnesota's receiving core is Thielen. HE continues to make plays through the air and even chipped in one on the ground this week. Thielen has yet to surpass the 100-yard mark through the air this season but has made several big plays. He hauled in a 35-yard touchdown pass from Cousins on a play action boot play where Cousins threw back across the field to Thielen who had run a deep drag pattern. Thielen simply out ran his defender in coverage and Cousins put the ball out in front of him so he could run it in for the score. The 35 yards accounted for 2/3 of his total yardage through the air and was the first touchdown of the game for the Vikings. He added a 1-yard touchdown run off the right end on a jet sweep for the third touchdown of the game for his only carry of the game. Thielen is doing everything from catching passes and throwing blocks down the field to now running in touchdowns on the ground. The yardage numbers from last season may not be there, but he is doing a great job finding the end zone so far this year.
2019 Week 2 vs GB (8 / 5 / 75 / 0 rec)
It is hard being a receiver when your quarterback cannot seem to hit the broad side of a barn. Thielen made the best of his situation this week and caught 5 of his 8 targets. Every catch seemed to be contested or thrown just a little behind or too far in front of him this week. Thielen had a single big play with a 30-yard catch and run down the sideline, but he also had to make a play on an overthrown ball by Cousins that was almost intercepted. Thielen is not enjoying the same success that he had the beginning of last season and did not continue the streak of 100 yards and a touchdown against the Packers he had in both games last season. Thielen continues to stress that he is not worried about personal numbers as long as the team is winning, but that may change if Cousins continues to struggle under center.
2019 Week 1 vs ATL (3 / 3 / 43 / 1 rec)
After reeling off 8 straight games with 100 yards to start the year last season, Thielen had a much quieter debut this year. Thielen caught all 3 of his targets this week and added the only touchdown through the air. It was a beautiful 23-yard deep crossing route where Cousins threw him open and Thielen did the rest of the work after the catch. He turned the ball up field, out ran his defender, and then ran over 2 more at the goal line for the touchdown. Thielen came into the season saying he did not care about personal stats and just wanted to see the team win. He showed this later by throwing the key block on a Dalvin Cook rushing touchdown later in the game. There will be games where Thielen is targeted 10+ times, but this week they just did not have to rely on him at all with how well the rushing attack worked.
Latest NewsVikings | Minnesota's practice report for Tuesday (Tue Oct 22, 05:36 PM) - Minnesota Vikings WR Adam Thielen (hamstring) did not participate in practice Tuesday, Oct. 22. DE Everson Griffen (quad), DT Linval Joseph (knee), DE Hercules Mata'afa (neck), CB Xavier Rhodes (hip), TE Kyle Rudolph (thumb), OT Riley Reiff (ankle), LB Eric Kendricks (hip), LB Ben Gedeon (concussion), OG Josh Kline (foot) and DT Shamar Stephen (knee) each participated in full. link to story Vikings | Adam Thielen a no-go Tuesday (Tue Oct 22, 03:37 PM) - Minnesota Vikings WR Adam Thielen (hamstring) did not participate in practice Tuesday, Oct. 22. Our View: Thielen is going to miss one week of action with this hamstring injury. The Vikings play on Thursday night, so expect him to get back to practice next week. All the reports about his hamstring injury have been quite positive.
link to story Vikings | Adam Thielen rapidly improving (Tue Oct 22, 12:34 PM) - Minnesota Vikings WR Adam Thielen (hamstring) is improving quickly, and he has a chance to play in Week 8 Thursday, Oct. 24, according to head coach Mike Zimmer. Our View: Great news for the Vikings here. Thielen is going to miss their game in Week 8...primarily because it's on Thursday night. We should see him back in action for Week 9.
link to story Vikings | Adam Thielen not expected to play (Mon Oct 21, 07:26 PM) - Minnesota Vikings WR Adam Thielen (hamstring) is not expected to play in the Week 8 game because of his hamstring injury. link to story Vikings | Adam Thielen misses practice (Mon Oct 21, 05:20 PM) - Minnesota Vikings WR Adam Thielen (hamstring) did not participate in practice Monday, Oct. 21. The Vikings did not hold a practice Monday, so this is an estimation. Our View: Thielen is almost certainly out with a Thursday game coming up, but he could return for Week 9 against Kansas City.
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