Vikings projected depth chart series continues with wide receivers. The depth chart of wide receivers does not matter as much as other positions, but for the sake of the series they will be sorted.
WR1: Stefon Diggs
Stefon Diggs is easily the Vikings best wide receiver, and probably their most versatile. Diggs is the receiver that commands the most attention from the defense and is a reliable player. Per football focus Stefon Diggs has only dropped 6 passes in his career, and is currently at a 4.1 drop rate. Diggs can be a match up nightmare for opposing defenses, and despite his size, he should not be relegated to the slot, but moved around the line as much as possible. If Diggs continues to improve he should be a top 10 wide receiver this season. His biggest area of improvement is staying healthy, if he can do that, the sky is the limit for this young receiver.
WR2: Adam Thielen
Adam Thielen had a break out season last year for the Vikings. Thielen is the homegrown player, who became a star that makes for a great story in the NFL. After only notching 31 targets in his first two season, Thielen had a career high of 92 with a 75% catch rate. Thielen’s break out season was a surprise, but can be attributed to the hard work he put in to become technically sound. The biggest question mark with Thielen for the 2017 season is replication, as he was nearly a thousand-yard receiver.
WR3: Laquon Treadwell
Former first round pick Laquon Treadwell all but disappeared after his one catch for fifteen yards against Detroit. Treadwell did not adjust to the game as the Vikings would have hoped, and became buried on the depth chart. Treadwell has regained something this off season that made him dynamic at the collegiate level…Confidence. Treadwell always was the big man on campus, highly recruited and always was the star of the team.
Upon entering the NFL, he quickly learned that his talent alone would not be enough to make him thrive in the NFL, yet alone start. With some offseason workouts and better understanding of the game, Treadwell looks cleaner off the line and smoother in his route running. He has learned to plant with his outside foot and avoid rounding out his routes. Speed will never be Treadwell’s game, but he can show his ability to catch in tight windows to the Vikings core.
WR4: Jarius Wright
With Michael Floyd’s impending suspension Jarius Wright should get the nod for more reps. Wright has proven to be a reliable receiver on third downs, leading the core with 15.6 yards per reception. Wright still has value to the team, though he will need to showcase his value this season. The Vikings drafted two wide receivers which should put Wright on alert. He will have to impress once again during preseason, though his roster spot might be safe.
WR5: Michael Floyd
Google likely had to shut down its search engine on Kombucha tea since few knew what it was before Floyd got himself into more trouble this offseason. Floyd brings some deep threat ability, but with his impending suspension, it is hard to give him many repetitions over guys like Wright and Treadwell. Kombucha aside, Floyd can help bring a veteran presence as well as help to improve an intermediate game that lacked last season.
WR6: Rodney Adams
Adams can replace former Vikings kick returner Cordarrelle Patterson in return duties. With the jumble at the top to start this is likely Adams best chance to make an impact elsewhere. If he can prove to be reliable on special teams, it won’t be long before he starts making an impact on offense.
Other Vikings Wide Receivers