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Diggs on Bradford

Post by RFIP » Fri Feb 03, 2017 8:34 pm

Great guests on Sirius all week in Houston, Vermiel was on yesterday and he was outstanding yoo!

Tonight Stephan Diggs was there and he hopped on MTC with Kirwan and Jim Miller. it was crazy because all the other guest players, Miller and PK would make them go through the Super Bowl predicitons, break down the game, etc..THEN talk about their teams but as soon as DIggs sat down Kiran said; "Tell us about Sam! Sam Bradford, he saved your season from where I sit but I want your thoughts.." And Diggs blew me away!

First off, Diggs is a VERY well spoken, intelligent young man.He said; "Wow man, Sam is truly a great, great QB in every facet. His mind is amazing...he sees everything before it happens and he has complete control of a huddle like no one I've every been around and I know I haven't been in the pros long but this man, whew...he speaks and EVERYBODY listens..." Miller asked him something about Sam, I forget what it was but Diggs said; "everybody knows how accurate he is but his arm strength is amazing and he LOVES to show it off...he LOVES throwing the deep ball and he...I tell you what, his accuracy on deep balls is crazy...I mean he is crazy accurate...you aren't supposed to be able to throw THAT accurate that far down field but I tell you what, he is outstanding at it. We just have to be able to protect him better, add a run game and I have no doubt we will be a bounce back team next year and make a run...and you know the SB next year is in Minnesota right? You two can come to my house if we make it!"

It was just a great, refreshing interview and he could not have been more "pro-Sam" even when they asked him about Teddy he said 'there are a lot of similarities between Sam and Teddy...and they have their differences too..." which is when he started talking about Sam's deep ball ability.

Kirwan said he firmly believes Minnesota will jump right back in to the playoffs next year and "be in the hunt" from there.

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Post by losperros » Sat Feb 04, 2017 10:50 am

I'm impressed with Bradford. But once again it all comes down to the offensive line, which affects all of the skill players. It simply must improve.

Another porous OL will mean bad things for the Vikings as a team - again.

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Post by halfgiz » Sat Feb 04, 2017 12:58 pm

losperros wrote:I'm impressed with Bradford. But once again it all comes down to the offensive line, which affects all of the skill players. It simply must improve.

Another porous OL will mean bad things for the Vikings as a team - again.
I still worry about Bradford staying healthy. He took a pretty good pounding last season.
I'm excited to see how much we can improve as a team in the offseason.

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Re: Diggs on Bradford

Post by RFIP » Sat Feb 04, 2017 5:26 pm

halfgiz wrote: I still worry about Bradford staying healthy. He took a pretty good pounding last season.
I'm excited to see how much we can improve as a team in the offseason.
The guy is tough as nails. It was the same ACL (twice) that did him in but the dude can and has taken hits.

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Post by losperros » Sat Feb 04, 2017 8:02 pm

RFIP wrote: The guy is tough as nails. It was the same ACL (twice) that did him in but the dude can and has taken hits.
Halfgiz is right. Nobody can take a continual pounding. Again, the offensive line must get better.

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Post by Texas Vike » Sat Feb 04, 2017 9:31 pm

RFIP wrote:Great guests on Sirius all week in Houston, Vermiel was on yesterday and he was outstanding yoo!

Tonight Stephan Diggs was there and he hopped on MTC with Kirwan and Jim Miller. it was crazy because all the other guest players, Miller and PK would make them go through the Super Bowl predicitons, break down the game, etc..THEN talk about their teams but as soon as DIggs sat down Kiran said; "Tell us about Sam! Sam Bradford, he saved your season from where I sit but I want your thoughts.." And Diggs blew me away!

First off, Diggs is a VERY well spoken, intelligent young man.He said; "Wow man, Sam is truly a great, great QB in every facet. His mind is amazing...he sees everything before it happens and he has complete control of a huddle like no one I've every been around and I know I haven't been in the pros long but this man, whew...he speaks and EVERYBODY listens..." Miller asked him something about Sam, I forget what it was but Diggs said; "everybody knows how accurate he is but his arm strength is amazing and he LOVES to show it off...he LOVES throwing the deep ball and he...I tell you what, his accuracy on deep balls is crazy...I mean he is crazy accurate...you aren't supposed to be able to throw THAT accurate that far down field but I tell you what, he is outstanding at it. We just have to be able to protect him better, add a run game and I have no doubt we will be a bounce back team next year and make a run...and you know the SB next year is in Minnesota right? You two can come to my house if we make it!"

It was just a great, refreshing interview and he could not have been more "pro-Sam" even when they asked him about Teddy he said 'there are a lot of similarities between Sam and Teddy...and they have their differences too..." which is when he started talking about Sam's deep ball ability.

Kirwan said he firmly believes Minnesota will jump right back in to the playoffs next year and "be in the hunt" from there.

Thanks for posting this, I enjoyed reading it. I always like moments where we fans get an inside glimpse into the heads of our players. Diggs is a sharp cat and quite articulate. I like his energy in interviews--he's got a fire in him. Bradford was pretty special this year.

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Re: Diggs on Bradford

Post by RFIP » Sat Feb 04, 2017 10:50 pm

Texas Vike wrote:
Thanks for posting this, I enjoyed reading it. I always like moments where we fans get an inside glimpse into the heads of our players. Diggs is a sharp cat and quite articulate. I like his energy in interviews--he's got a fire in him. Bradford was pretty special this year.
Thanks for the kind words.

Diggs also said he took some time off to de-compress but is starting up his workout regime soon. He came across so sure that the Vikings WILL bounce back. Man he had me so excited! Is it August yet???

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Re: Diggs on Bradford

Post by RFIP » Sat Feb 04, 2017 10:59 pm

Texas Vike wrote:
Thanks for posting this, I enjoyed reading it. I always like moments where we fans get an inside glimpse into the heads of our players. Diggs is a sharp cat and quite articulate. I like his energy in interviews--he's got a fire in him. Bradford was pretty special this year.
OMG did you see Diggs on NFLN tonight?? LOL he said; "we call Teddy, Teddy 2 gloves but we call Sam, Sammy 2 sleeves! My man got those big ol sleeves!" Tremendous

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RFIP wrote:Great guests on Sirius all week in Houston, Vermiel was on yesterday and he was outstanding yoo!

Tonight Stephan Diggs was there and he hopped on MTC with Kirwan and Jim Miller. it was crazy because all the other guest players, Miller and PK would make them go through the Super Bowl predicitons, break down the game, etc..THEN talk about their teams but as soon as DIggs sat down Kiran said; "Tell us about Sam! Sam Bradford, he saved your season from where I sit but I want your thoughts.." And Diggs blew me away!

First off, Diggs is a VERY well spoken, intelligent young man.He said; "Wow man, Sam is truly a great, great QB in every facet. His mind is amazing...he sees everything before it happens and he has complete control of a huddle like no one I've every been around and I know I haven't been in the pros long but this man, whew...he speaks and EVERYBODY listens..." Miller asked him something about Sam, I forget what it was but Diggs said; "everybody knows how accurate he is but his arm strength is amazing and he LOVES to show it off...he LOVES throwing the deep ball and he...I tell you what, his accuracy on deep balls is crazy...I mean he is crazy accurate...you aren't supposed to be able to throw THAT accurate that far down field but I tell you what, he is outstanding at it. We just have to be able to protect him better, add a run game and I have no doubt we will be a bounce back team next year and make a run...and you know the SB next year is in Minnesota right? You two can come to my house if we make it!"

It was just a great, refreshing interview and he could not have been more "pro-Sam" even when they asked him about Teddy he said 'there are a lot of similarities between Sam and Teddy...and they have their differences too..." which is when he started talking about Sam's deep ball ability.

Kirwan said he firmly believes Minnesota will jump right back in to the playoffs next year and "be in the hunt" from there.
What a great post. Thanks for this.

I can say this ... watching Sam live this year against Arizona, I came away very impressed. He had every bit the arm Carson Palmer had, and Diggs is right ... he throws it right on the money.
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Post by Boon » Sun Feb 05, 2017 11:55 pm

rounds 2-7 better be offensive linemen. Then get some undrafted free agent offensive linemen. Then run them through a #### gauntlet in training camp and the preseason until you get a line that sticks and is under 24 years old

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Post by losperros » Mon Feb 06, 2017 10:41 am

Boon wrote:rounds 2-7 better be offensive linemen. Then get some undrafted free agent offensive linemen. Then run them through a #### gauntlet in training camp and the preseason until you get a line that sticks and is under 24 years old
I hear what you're saying. Anything less than a herculean attempt by the Vikings to fix their stumbling offensive line will be a major disappointment.

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Post by chicagopurple » Mon Feb 06, 2017 11:13 am

I dont feel optimistic about that. Spielman doesnt seem to have the acumen or interest in investing deeply in the OL......I hope he has learned his lesson after these years.

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Post by S197 » Mon Feb 06, 2017 9:43 pm

Boon wrote:rounds 2-7 better be offensive linemen. Then get some undrafted free agent offensive linemen. Then run them through a #### gauntlet in training camp and the preseason until you get a line that sticks and is under 24 years old
Unless this is hyperbole, you're setting yourself up for major disappointment. I'm pretty sure no team has ever drafted only a single position. I think 3 lineman is likely + or - 1 depending on where in the draft they start accumulating.

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Post by Pondering Her Percy » Mon Feb 06, 2017 11:12 pm

chicagopurple wrote:I dont feel optimistic about that. Spielman doesnt seem to have the acumen or interest in investing deeply in the OL......I hope he has learned his lesson after these years.
I highly doubt they go into this year not addressing the OL so I'm not all that worried. Last year we had a lot of question marks still under contract like Loadholt, Sullivan and Fusco. Two of them are now gone and Fusco could be gone. If they let him go they save 3.2 mill. So if they cut Fusco and you think they won't invest in OL then I would definitely question that. That would potentially leave us with no RT, no LT and no RG. I mean it's pretty obvious they are going to address that. They aren't just going to leave those holes open to Zac Kevin, TJ Clemmings and Jeremiah Sirles. So that's why I'm not really worried. The question is who they will get. I would imagine they would make a push at Wagner or Zeitler if they hit FA. Which it looks like that could happen. They made a push for Osemele last year but the Raiders paid him 60 mill. I would take Boone any day at 28 mill so that was a good move on our part
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Post by RFIP » Tue Feb 07, 2017 6:15 am

S197 wrote: Unless this is hyperbole, you're setting yourself up for major disappointment. I'm pretty sure no team has ever drafted only a single position. I think 3 lineman is likely + or - 1 depending on where in the draft they start accumulating.
The OL will be addressed first and foremost in FA, then in the draft.

Trying to fix a bad OL by drafting 3+ guys in what is by all accounts a mediocre draft for OL is recipe for disaster.

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Stefon Diggs lauds connection with Sam Bradford

Post by RFIP » Sun Feb 12, 2017 9:34 pm

Stefon Diggs lauds connection with Sam Bradford
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Stefon Diggs sat down with NFL Network and reserved some high praise for his connection with Sam Bradford.
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The Minnesota Vikings endured a difficult end to the 2016 season, but one of the bright spots on the year was the continued success of wide receiver Stefon Diggs.

A fifth-round pick in 2015, Diggs improved on an already promising start to his career, hauling in 84 passes for 904 yards and three touchdowns. If not for an injury which hampered him in final few games of the season, Diggs likely would have eclipsed 1,000 yards on the year.

Much of that was down to Diggs' connection with Sam Bradford, who arrived prior to the start of the season in a trade with the Philadelphia Eagles. It's a connection that Diggs credits to the improvement on his rookie season.

"It's so weird, the dynamic that we have, because I didn't see him all training camp, no OTA's, no mini camp, so just go out there and put something together with a guy is special," Diggs said on NFL Network. "It just shows that if you want to play, you can get on the same page with a guy and it can happen -- easily. With consistency and time put in(together), some special things can happen.

Diggs wasn't done with Bradford, who impressed the young wide receiver -- and indeed the rest of the team -- with his poise and ability to take everything throw at him in stride.

"It just shows how impressive a guy is when he goes in, he earns respect, he puts the time in, he's just professional." Diggs said. "He comes in each and every day just to show you 'I'm serious about this'. Things in the past with him probably haven't been the best, but to me, he's an amazing quarterback. Especially to do the things that he did with what we had, he made something out of nothing in a lot of cases and you have to respect him.

"I love having him as a quarterback and I think with some time, you're going to see some great things out of Sam," Diggs added.

With the Vikings seemingly set on the perimeter and at quarterback, attention now turns to solving the troublesome issue along the offensive line.

If they do, Bradford to Diggs could become one of the most dynamic duos in the entire league.

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Post by 808vikingsfan » Thu May 25, 2017 8:03 pm

Not about Diggs on Bradford. Just Bradford. A few gifs on some impressive plays Bradford made in 2016.

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808vikingsfan wrote:Not about Diggs on Bradford. Just Bradford. A few gifs on some impressive plays Bradford made in 2016.

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Post by PurpleMustReign » Fri May 26, 2017 5:52 am

Thielen and Bradford seem to have a good connection too.

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Actually so did Bradfordand Patterson.

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Post by SidestreamFB Pete » Sun May 28, 2017 6:05 pm

Diggs knows. You have to love Teddy as a person and root for a full recovery, but Bradford is just a better QB. He still has a good 5-6 years left in the tank.
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Post by 808vikingsfan » Sun May 28, 2017 6:41 pm

SidestreamFB Pete wrote:Diggs knows. You have to love Teddy as a person and root for a full recovery, but Bradford is just a better QB. He still has a good 5-6 years left in the tank.

Not so sure. Diggs had a pretty good rookie year with Bridgewater too. You could almost say he was more effective in 2015.
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Post by SidestreamFB Pete » Sun May 28, 2017 6:49 pm

808vikingsfan wrote:
Not so sure. Diggs had a pretty good rookie year with Bridgewater too. You could almost say he was more effective in 2015.
Agreed, he looked better in 2015. He was healthier. But, we don't know what goes into those completions. Diggs can probably project who he thinks he can have more success with. Again, not slighting Teddy. But, I don't think Sammy's been healthy in one spot long enough to show what he can really do. The guy's got some serious upside.
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Post by 808vikingsfan » Sun May 28, 2017 7:31 pm

SidestreamFB Pete wrote: Agreed, he looked better in 2015. He was healthier. But, we don't know what goes into those completions. Diggs can probably project who he thinks he can have more success with. Again, not slighting Teddy. But, I don't think Sammy's been healthy in one spot long enough to show what he can really do. The guy's got some serious upside.
I agree. This may be his best opportunity since joining the league. I'm hoping by the end of the season, there will be no question who the starting QB is for the Vikings.
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Post by 5thWave » Thu Jul 27, 2017 6:02 pm

Just saw this on the NFL Talk board:

Peak ages by position on a yards per basis over last 10 yrs:

RB: 24
QB: 33
WR: 26
TE: 29

What's Sam? 29? I think of Carson Palmer coming to Arizona at age 33, and wonder if perhaps Sam has much more upside than we think. I hope the O-line has its act together this year for a full 16 games.

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5thWave wrote:Just saw this on the NFL Talk board:

Peak ages by position on a yards per basis over last 10 yrs:

RB: 24
QB: 33
WR: 26
TE: 29

What's Sam? 29? I think of Carson Palmer coming to Arizona at age 33, and wonder if perhaps Sam has much more upside than we think. I hope the O-line has its act together this year for a full 16 games.
Oh, damn...I don't turn 33 until next year. I need to get my arm back in shape and tryout somewhere. Need to get my career year.

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Post by J. Kapp 11 » Thu Jul 27, 2017 9:41 pm

5thWave wrote:Just saw this on the NFL Talk board:

Peak ages by position on a yards per basis over last 10 yrs:

RB: 24
QB: 33
WR: 26
TE: 29

What's Sam? 29? I think of Carson Palmer coming to Arizona at age 33, and wonder if perhaps Sam has much more upside than we think. I hope the O-line has its act together this year for a full 16 games.
Sam has plenty of upside. Always has. He's widely regarded as one of the best arm talents in the NFL. This is easily the best team he's played for, which honestly isn't saying much. There is no reason he can't excel here, with the possible exception of getting killed by our O-line.
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