We all know how great a season Adam Thielen is having for the Minnesota Vikings so far. With 916 yards thus far, Thielen is nearly a cinch to become the Vikings’ first 1,000-yard receiver since Sidney Rice in 2009 (after coming up just 33 yards short last season). But the numbers he’s put up so far put him in some very select company.
With 62 catches and 916 yards through the first ten games of this season, Thielen is just the second receiver in team history to have at least 60 catches and 900 yards through the first ten games of a season. The other one? Randy Moss, who did it back in 2003.
Moss had 67 catches for 1,023 yards in the first ten games of that 2003 season. He made history during that season, as he became the first wide receiver in NFL history to average 100 yards and a touchdown per game over the course of a season. Moss finished that campaign with 111 catches for 1,632 yards and 17 touchdowns.
Thielen has reached the point that he’s no longer a great story, even though he did grow up in Detroit Lakes and went to Minnesota State University on a $500 scholarship (in case you hadn’t heard that before). But he’s truly putting together a historic season thus far, as he’s done something that many other Vikings receivers (such as Cris Carter and Anthony Carter, among others) never did. He also has at least five receptions in each of the first ten games. Hopefully he can continue putting up huge numbers in a couple of days when the Vikings face the Detroit Lions.