Adam Thielen

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  1. Don Wassall

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    It's about time this man gets a thread. The 2016 NFL season started off quite badly, what with season ending injuries to Danny Woodhead, J. J. Watt and Eric Decker. But it's gotten better as the season's gone along, and there's a pretty good chance there will be more White thousand yard receivers than we've seen in a couple generations, and at running back Rex Burkhead and Zach Zenner have at least had some carries albeit nowhere close to the number they deserve.

    The rise of Adam Thielen is the best thing about this season. He's so damn good his racial apprenticeship was shortened by a year or two as he became the number one threat on the Vikings after spending two years as mostly a special teams demon. It's especially satisfying to see given that Adam followed the obligatory path for White receivers -- unwanted by any big programs, had to play at a small school, then went undrafted by the NFL and had to fight for his place from the very bottom of the Minnesota depth chart -- and now he's rocketed past the wildly over-rated Laquan Treadwell, the team's first round draft pick, who would be an unsigned free agent tight end if he was White.

    This article acknowledges the obvious, and while it makes the seemingly mandatory comparison to another White receiver and calls Thielen's game "deceptive," comparing Adam Thielen to Jordy Nelson isn't that far off the mark:

    Adam Thielen is the best Minnesota Vikings wide receiver

    John Follett/FanSided via The Viking AgeFansidedDec 25, 2016 at 4:18p ET
    If we learned anything during Saturday’s loss to the Packers, it’s that Adam Thielen is absolutely the Minnesota Vikings’ number one wide receiver.

    We love you Stefon Diggs, but Adam Thielen is definitely the number one receiver in Minnesota. Thielen is everything the Minnesota Vikings have needed in a wide receiver since Percy Harvin was in his prime. He’s got speed, makes tough catches, is a stout route-runner, and can stretch the field. If you think about it, Thielen really compares to a younger, quicker version of Jordy Nelson.

    If there was anything missing from Thielen’s resume before, it was an offensive performance of epic proportions. He certainly check the box on Saturday with 12 receptions for 202 yards and a two touchdowns. Suffice to say, even the casual fans now know who Adam Thielen is now.

    I’ll say it now, “deceptive” is the best way to describe Thielen’s game.

    His big play on the day was a71-yard touchdown receptionin the second quarter. It was a monster highlight and microcosm of what Adam Thielen brings to the field.

    Thielen sold Quinten Rollins and Ha Ha Clinton-Dix on a stop route. Both players bit and Thielen struck, bursting further up the sideline for a wide open catch and run. Rollins and Clinton-Dix crashed into each other in the process.

    The bottom line is the Minnesota Vikings have to signAdam Thielenas their top receiver for the foreseeable future. The ability to move forward with Thielen and Diggs is incredible for a franchise that recently struck out on Greg Jennings and Mike Wallace deals. It would also keep the Vikings from spending top draft picks on receivers for a while. That doesn’t go without saying I was no fan of the Laquon Treadwell pick last April.

    It shouldn’t take an incredible sum to lock up Thielen due to his relatively small sample size as a top receiver. We’ve seen flashes from Thielen this year, but I can’t imagine he’s looking for Julio Jones-type money. Even Julian Edelman will only make about$4.5Mthis season. But if the Vikings don’t act, there’s plenty of other teams that will be willing to negotiate with Adam Thielen. I’m sure Bill Belichick would salivate to add such a player.

    http://www.foxsports.com/nfl/story/adam-thielen-is-the-best-minnesota-vikings-wide-receiver-122516
     
  2. Don Wassall

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    Thielen's season reminds me of Patrick Jeffers with Carolina in 1999, who had been a little used receiver previously but gradually became an animal that year as he was given an opportunity, with his second half of '99 ranking with the best ever for an NFL receiver.

    Adam Thielen's ascension hasn't been as dramatic, but as this season went on he more and more became Sam Bradford's go-to-guy, culminating with his huge 202 yard game on Sunday.

    Jeffers' career ended the next year when his knee was taken out in a meaningless pre-season game. Now that Adam has established himself, he needs to be wise and not engage in the "kamikaze" tactics that make White receivers easy targets on the field. He already seems to be doing that.
     
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    A highlight video of every catch that Thielen made during his 12 catch, 202 yard, 2 TD castration of the Packers' all-chocolate secondary...



    Instead of Jordy, I'd compare Thielen to a faster version of Larry Fitzgerald. I'm really pulling for this him to make 1,000 yards, but even if he doesn't, 2016 was his breakout year and hopefully just the beginning of a long career.
     
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    I just re watched the highlights for Thielan's 200yd game against the Packers and I have to say on one catch(1:28) he made on the sideline he was tackled then another player came in for the finishing hit and went over top but looked to intentionally knee Thielan in the head...did anyone else see this or is it just me?
     
  5. Leonardfan

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    I read a blurb from weenieworld on Thielen trying to push for a longer contract as he enters his RFA year. The pathetic imbeciles at weenie world seem to think Thielen needs to replicate his 2016 season before the Vikings sign him to a long term deal and if they don't 1st round (bust) Laquon treadwell can easily take over and surpass him.
     
  6. PHillisFan

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    I hope Bradford makes Thielen his go to receiver. He looked comfortable with him. The Vikings don't seem to be looking at receiver early on in draft especially after losing Patterson.
     
  7. Extra Point

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    For white men 1 good year is never enough for a contract extension, according to the mainstream sports media.

    For black males they have a different standard.

    Lurkers, if you pay attention you'll see the double standard the mainstream sports media has for whites and blacks. It is very negative toward whites and is always cheerleading for blacks.

    Oh, yes, you'll notice that, unless they're a star player, the mainstream sports media always wants white players replaced with blacks.
     
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    Good news -- Thielen signs for three years:

    Vikings signed WR Adam Thielen to a three-year contract. After catching 20 total passes in his first 32 career games, Thielen had a massive 2016 as the No. 2 receiver when he passed Charles Johnson for the job behind Stefon Diggs. Thielen finished the year with 69 catches for 967 yards (14.0 YPR) and five touchdowns. He was scheduled for restricted free agency this year, and the Vikings placed a second-round tender on him last week. Thielen made it known he was looking for a multi-year deal. He should be locked into the No. 2 job, while 2016 first-rounder Laquon Treadwell will compete for snaps in three-wide sets.
     
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    Is that snip from weenieworld? They cannot fathom another white receiver being a #1.
     
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    That's a really good contract and money for a guy who had to start as an UDFA out of a division II program. I'm really happy for Adam and hope he has great success going forward. Between this and Burkhead's deal, we've had a good week of free agency. The next key will be what team drafts Christian.
     
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