Diggs Hoping to Emulate Today’s Top Receivers in his Second Season

Antonio Brown, Demaryius Thomas, Jarvis Landry, Larry Fitzgerald.

All four of these players are some of the best wide receivers in the NFL and all four averaged less yards per reception than Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Stefon Diggs in 2015.

Hard to believe that Diggs was not even active for the Vikings first three games of last season. A Week 3 injury to fellow Minnesota receiver Charles Johnson propelled Diggs into the team’s lineup and he never gave up the spot for the remainder of the season.

Four weeks after playing his first snap for the Vikings, Diggs had already racked up 25 catches for 419 yards and two touchdowns. In the first four games of his own rookie season, former Minnesota wide receiver Randy Moss caught 17 passes for 273 yards and four touchdowns.

Opposing teams began to take notice of Diggs abilities and soon the rookie receiver was lining up across from some of the league’s best cornerbacks. With the extra attention, his production cooled down during the second half of last season but still managed to have one of the best years among the NFL’s group of rookie wide receivers in 2015.

With the Vikings selecting wide receiver Laquon Treadwell in the 2016 NFL Draft, Minnesota is hoping that their newest receiver will take some of the attention from opposing teams away from the blossoming Diggs for next season. If all goes well, Diggs could have a season similar to the second seasons of some of today’s top NFL receivers.

The second season has become the defining season for many of the best receivers in the league today. All of the receivers included in the table below saw a significant increase in their production on the field during their second year in the NFL.

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Diggs rookie statistics are comparable to the numbers that each of these receivers put up in their inaugural seasons. In his second season, will his production continue to trend upward and remain on the path taken previously by today’s elite receivers?

A large factor that could play a part in Diggs achieving similar success to the receivers mentioned above could be the amount of balls to go around in Minnesota’s offense. For a team that attempted the least amount of passes just a season ago, the addition of Treadwell could actually take away more potential opportunities for Diggs to make plays with the football.

Whatever type of offense the Vikings decide to run next year they can likely be assured of one thing. Diggs is going to continue to turn heads around the league with his playmaking abilities every time he touches the ball in 2016.

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Adam Patrick

Adam has been rooting for the Vikings ever since he saw Randall Cunningham win NFC Special Teams Player of the week in 1997. Since his career sports highlights include 3rd place at 5th Grade Golf Camp and catching a ball during a soccer game (he was not playing goalie), Adam turned to writing. He considers himself a 'Vikings Realist' as he does not shy away from criticizing the purple and gold if necessary. He will not always write about the popular topics, but his goal is to provide readers with content they cannot find anywhere else. Follow him on Twitter @Str8_Cash_Homey

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  1. I think Diggs will see a increase in his overall numbers, but not too the heights of some of the players you listed above.
    The Vikings passing game will take a major step forward, but it will be well diversified with Treadwell, Diggs, Wright, Rudolph, (yes) Patterson & (hopefully) MoBo.

    1. I agree with this. I posted on DN yesterday that I think no Viking will have more than 65 receptions next year, but we may have 5 guys with 35-40+ (Diggs, Treadwell, Johnson, McKinnon/AP, Ruddy, maybe even Patterson, Wright). Teddy is just so good at distributing the ball that I think Norv and Shurmur go with it, and we see a lot more quick rhythm passes that are all about moving the chains.

      I also think that Diggs will be helped significantly by a healthy Johnson and Treadwell (FWIW I think those are the top three WRs this year for us). Over at VikingsJournal someone did an analysis of Diggs’ production and noted that after the first four games teams played a lot more press coverage with him, and he really struggled (as rookies do). Off coverage he was still pretty great. Treadwell and Johnson should command a lot more respect than Wallace did, and that should free up Diggs a few more times a game. Let’s hope Diggs also worked on improving beating the press this off season as well.

  2. Good article Adam, numbers can be a big part of the story especially the number of Wins. I’d love for him, Tread, CP and Jarius to have big numbers, yet, its all about the W’s. I’d like to see Stefon continue to get better. He would be an awesome punt returner given the chance. We saw that in last years preseason, but I’d rather him just concentrate on WR and let Adam Thielen take over for Sherels.

  3. He should be running for Odell Beckham jrs numbers, alittle surprised jarvis landry got featured and beckham did not, considering beckhams numbers were much better

    1. Odell has just been ridiculous in his first two seasons, I wanted to show players that had a bigger jump in production from year 1 to year 2.

  4. I think we should given Diggs and Treadwell 2 new nicknames: “Lebron” Laquon, and Stefon “Curry” Diggs.
    Just sayin’.