Patriots coach Bill Belichick opens up about Vikings’ talented wideouts
The Vikings have assembled a dynamic pair of wide receivers in Adam Thielen and Stefon Diggs, who have both proven to be game-changing talents at their position. When asked about these two star wideouts, Patriots head coach Bill Belichick lofted nothing but praise in the direction of them beginning with Thielen, according to Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk.
“He does everything well,” Patriots coach Bill Belichick told reporters on Tuesday regarding Thielen. “He’s got good size. He can get to a lot of balls with his length. He has very good hands. He’s quick for a taller player and so his length and the radius that he can catch the ball in is good and he has the hands to extend and catch it, but for a taller guy he’s quick and he’s able to create separation. So he’s a tough matchup for a smaller corner in terms of size and he’s a tough matchup for a bigger corner in terms of the quickness that he has. He’s also a good runner after the catch so he can take a shorter pass and turn it into a sizeable gain with his size and running ability after the catch. He plays inside, he plays outside. They move him around. All of their receivers move around.
Thielen has taken his game to the next level this season behind his stellar play on the field as he leads the league with 93 receptions along with being second with 1,138 receiving yards, and fifth with receiving touchdowns. This included him notching 100 or more receiving yards in the first seven games played this season that has helped elevate him to being recognized as one of the game’s top wide receivers.
Meanwhile, Belichick also spoke quite fondly of Diggs’ ability on the field pinpointing to make plays after the catches especially in the red zone.
“They make a lot of big plays down the field, which is a problem but then they make a lot of intermediate and catch-and-run plays. Especially Diggs — he’s very good with the ball in his hands. When you get to third down and red area, the critical possession and scoring situation plays, that’s a problem too. It’s a very good group offensively with a very good quarterback who’s a great thrower and a very athletic player. Not that he runs a lot but he can run when he needs to. He can extend plays and then he can make big plays. Yeah, they cause you a lot of problems.”
Diggs has also stepped his game up another notch as he’s on pace to put up his first career 1,000 receiving yard campaign as he currently has 79 catches for 790 receiving yards and six touchdowns. He has shown to have game-changing ability while being a huge possession receiver as he has double-digit catches four times this year along with four 100 receiving yard performances.
The combined presence of this will present a colossal task for the Patriots to tackle defensively, which is clear that Belichick is keenly aware of the challenge ahead this upcoming Sunday.