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Like most 23-year-olds fresh out of college, I had a job interview.

It was May 2013, and my senior year of football at Minnesota State–Mankato had ended a few months earlier. I still wasn’t 100% sure what I was going to do after college, but I knew a guy who knew a guy at a place called Patterson Dental, and he put in a good word for me.

The job was … well, basically, I’d be selling dental equipment. It was actually more of an internship, but it was a pretty decent opportunity at a really good company. So I put on a suit and tie and went in for an interview. It was a good interview. But I remember that at one point, the interviewer asked me one of those cliché interview questions.

“If you could have any job in the world, what would it be?”

He’d obviously know I was lying if I said, “To be in dental equipment sales!” So I told him the truth.

“To play in the NFL.”

The guy’s head kind of popped up, and he gave me this … look. I don’t know how to really describe it, but I knew that look because it was one I had seen before — only a few months earlier, actually. It was a few days after my last college game and I came home to my girlfriend Caitlin — who’s now my wife — and said, “You know what? I want to play in the NFL, so I’m gonna give it a shot and see what happens.”

And she gave me that same look.

Like, Really?

Then she said, “You sure you don’t want to just get a normal job?”


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And it still hits me every time I go to my locker on game day and I see the Vikings jersey hanging up in my locker with my name on the back. I mean, I grew up watching this team, but never got to see the Vikings win a Super Bowl. I’ve witnessed the same heartbreak over the years that all Vikings fans have. The kick in ’98. The 2000 NFC championship. The Favre interception against the Saints. There have been so many great players and great teams for as long as I’ve been watching the Vikings, but we’ve never gotten over that hump and won a championship.

Now, I get to put on the purple and gold and help my team work towards that goal.


https://www.theplayerstribune.com/adam-thielen-vikings/

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Great article. Thanks for posting...

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Awesome read. Thanks for posting that, made my morning.

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Before I read this, I was a big Adam Thielen fan.

Now that I've read it, I think he might be my favorite player. Great stuff.

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J. Kapp 11 wrote:
Before I read this, I was a big Adam Thielen fan.

Now that I've read it, I think he might be my favorite player. Great stuff.


Home town boy.

Frankly, it is a better story than Joe Maurer or Kent Hrbek, because they were pretty much recognized and sought after prospects.

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Adam Thielen on verge of breaking Vikings’ 1,000-yard receiving drought


Where do you think Adam will place at the end of the season?

1. Randy Moss 2003 111 1,632

2. Randy Moss 2003 77 1,437

3. Randy Moss 2000 80 1,413

4. Cris Carter 1995 122 1,371

5. Randy Moss 2002 106 1,347

6. Jake Reed 1995 72 1,320

7. Randy Moss 1998 69 1,313

8. Sidney Rice 2009 83 1,312

9. Cris Carter 2003 96 1,274

10. Cris Carter 1999 90 1,241

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What is he in pace for? Someone do the math.

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What is he in pace for? Someone do the math.

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Around 1450.

My guess would be 1350. I think he'll slow down marginally because of increased attention and Diggs seeing more targets, but he'll maintain the pace for the most part.


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What is he in pace for? Someone do the math.

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1,466 yards on 99 receptions.

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:point:

Love your tagline Kapp!

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Love your tagline Kapp!

Thanks!!

It's true, though, isn't it?

I was watching something on NFL.com yesterday (because I have a problem with Vikings obsession). I think it was Charley Casserly's keys for Detroit to beat the Vikings. He never once mentioned Adam Thielen. He mentioned Keenum, Diggs, Rudy, even Murray, but not one word about Thielen. It's like a guy with 916 yards receiving doesn't even exist! You can tell by their post-game comments that opponents are left bewildered by Thielen. They're like, "How did that guy beat us?"

So I did a little simple Photoshop work and added that tagline.

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J. Kapp 11 wrote:

It's true, though, isn't it?

I was watching something on NFL.com yesterday (because I have a problem with Vikings obsession). I think it was Charley Casserly's keys for Detroit to beat the Vikings. He never once mentioned Adam Thielen. He mentioned Keenum, Diggs, Rudy, even Murray, but not one word about Thielen. It's like a guy with 916 yards receiving doesn't even exist! You can tell by their post-game comments that opponents are left bewildered by Thielen. They're like, "How did that guy beat us?"

So I did a little simple Photoshop work and added that tagline.


Nice job. And yes, it is true. Thielen is getting some props from a few, but for the most part, I think several see this as an aberration, rather than the talent he really is. I'm really OK with it. I hope he's a "non-factor" all the way to the Super Bowl :wink:

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Adam Thielen is now on pace for 101 catches and 1,461 yards.

Where are all those naysayers now? The ones who said the Vikings' receiving corps is so below average. Cripes, we've got Michael Floyd and Laquon Treadwell barely getting touches because Thielen and Diggs are so good. And don't look now, but Kyle Rudolph is up to 50 catches and 7 TDs.

Our guys are pretty good.

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Yeah I think he will get about 1370 or so..

The problem is I want Treadwell and Floyd
a little more involved this year I quess there
are only so many downs out there.

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Post Re: Made in Minnesota - Adam Thielen
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Yeah I think he will get about 1370 or so..

The problem is I want Treadwell and Floyd
a little more involved this year I quess there
are only so many downs out there.

Why?

We've scored 125 points and averaged 410 yards over the past four games. What difference does it make who's getting the touches?

Want to know why Adam Thielen is getting the ball? Watch the video below. Then come talk to me when Treadwell and Floyd are doing what he's doing.


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J. Kapp 11 wrote:
jackal wrote:
Yeah I think he will get about 1370 or so..

The problem is I want Treadwell and Floyd
a little more involved this year I quess there
are only so many downs out there.

Why?

We've scored 125 points and averaged 410 yards over the past four games. What difference does it make who's getting the touches?

Want to know why Adam Thielen is getting the ball? Watch the video below. Then come talk to me when Treadwell and Floyd are doing what he's doing.

I think he meant he was hoping to have seen more from them, but since Thielen And Diggs have been so good there isn't any opportunity for Treadwell and Floyd.

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J. Kapp 11 wrote:
jackal wrote:
Yeah I think he will get about 1370 or so..

The problem is I want Treadwell and Floyd
a little more involved this year I quess there
are only so many downs out there.

Why?

We've scored 125 points and averaged 410 yards over the past four games. What difference does it make who's getting the touches?

Want to know why Adam Thielen is getting the ball? Watch the video below. Then come talk to me when Treadwell and Floyd are doing what he's doing.



I know Case is ballin' right now. But watching this video, I can't help but think if he was more accurate (ball placement), the Vikings would have a bunch more explosive plays. I counted 3 passes (just on this video) where better ball placement would have led to a much bigger gain or TD. Even the narrator hinted Thielen constantly had to adjust to inaccurate balls. This is just passes to Adam. If we could combine Keenum and Bradford, the Vikings would be almost unstoppable. Love Keenum's decision making though.

Is it just me?

By the way, Adam is really good.

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I do agree on ball placement. But I look at it this way too... We finally have a QB who isn't afraid of letting his WRs make a play. He throws the ball down field. 3rd and 12? Throw the ball 14 yards to Diggs. 3rd and 16? Throw the ball 17 yards to Wright or Thielen. Let them. Make a play.

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I do agree on ball placement. But I look at it this way too... We finally have a QB who isn't afraid of letting his WRs make a play. He throws the ball down field. 3rd and 12? Throw the ball 14 yards to Diggs. 3rd and 16? Throw the ball 17 yards to Wright or Thielen. Let them. Make a play.

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Agree. I think Keenum is a good balance between quick decision making, good feel of the pass rush, and has trust in his receivers to make a play.

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PurpleMustReign wrote:
I do agree on ball placement. But I look at it this way too... We finally have a QB who isn't afraid of letting his WRs make a play. He throws the ball down field. 3rd and 12? Throw the ball 14 yards to Diggs. 3rd and 16? Throw the ball 17 yards to Wright or Thielen. Let them. Make a play.

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Agree. I think Keenum is a good balance between quick decision making, good feel of the pass rush, and has trust in his receivers to make a play.



... with just enough athleticism on his own, when needed.

Pretty nice combo platter.

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808vikingsfan wrote:
J. Kapp 11 wrote:
jackal wrote:
Yeah I think he will get about 1370 or so..

The problem is I want Treadwell and Floyd
a little more involved this year I quess there
are only so many downs out there.

Why?

We've scored 125 points and averaged 410 yards over the past four games. What difference does it make who's getting the touches?

Want to know why Adam Thielen is getting the ball? Watch the video below. Then come talk to me when Treadwell and Floyd are doing what he's doing.



I know Case is ballin' right now. But watching this video, I can't help but think if he was more accurate (ball placement), the Vikings would have a bunch more explosive plays. I counted 3 passes (just on this video) where better ball placement would have led to a much bigger gain or TD. Even the narrator hinted Thielen constantly had to adjust to inaccurate balls. This is just passes to Adam. If we could combine Keenum and Bradford, the Vikings would be almost unstoppable. Love Keenum's decision making though.

Is it just me?

By the way, Adam is really good.

You know, I agree with you. Ball placement has been the criticism of Keenum in the past, and even this season, it's something he's needed to improve upon.

But I believe he HAS improved on that. Look at some of the throws he's made the past few games.

Case Keenum seems to be the rare guy who recognizes his weaknesses, understands what he'll never be able to do (like throw a 40-yard rope like Favre could do), but also understands the things he CAN improve on and works his butt off to do it.

His ball placement still isn't Kurt Warner, but it's better than it was at the beginning of this season.

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From The Cheap Seats‏ @KevinMcMahonNFL

Vikings WR Adam Thielen‘s 2018 base salary will increase from $2.85M to $3.35M now that he reached the 70-catch threshold this season.
Thielen can make another $250,000 at 80 catches and 90 catches, which would push his salary up to $3.85M for the 2017 season per NFLTR report

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808vikingsfan wrote:
From The Cheap Seats‏ @KevinMcMahonNFL

Vikings WR Adam Thielen‘s 2018 base salary will increase from $2.85M to $3.35M now that he reached the 70-catch threshold this season.
Thielen can make another $250,000 at 80 catches and 90 catches, which would push his salary up to $3.85M for the 2017 season per NFLTR report


He is underpaid, good job, I guess, Rick.


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TWO MINNESOTA VIKINGS wide receivers are all that’s left on the field after a midweek practice. Adam Thielen catches slow-motion floaters over his shoulder from a coach standing, oh, seven yards away. The exercise is dull enough to put you to sleep.

That other guy, though? Laquon Treadwell is putting on a show. Along the sideline, the former first-round receiver plucks fastball after fastball…with one hand. Seriously, each pass looks like it’ll drill you between the eyes and knock you into next week. Yet Treadwell practically leaps off a trampoline to snare each one. After one acrobatic grab, he spins the ball and yells to no one in particular, “Put that on SportsCenter!”

There’s the overlooked and the underdog, the forgotten hero and the comeback kid...and then there is Adam Thielen, the most unlikely breakout star in the NFL.


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So during those early, high-stakes days with the Vikings, he never panicked. When the Vikings and Bengals held joint practices in August 2016 and Pacman Jones and Dre Kirkpatrick refused to line up against Thielen in one-on-ones, he simply stored the slight in his memory. They wanted to face “dawgs,” not this chump.

“They wanted,” says Thielen, making quote marks in the air, “a ‘challenge.’ That’s the kind of stuff that still motivates me. Pushes me. I’m sure there’s guys out there thinking, ‘This guy’s not that good.’ So I use that to keep getting better and keep pushing myself.”


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So as Thielen walks back into the Piss Test room, perches his iPad horizontally onto a stand and punches in his passcode, he doesn’t dial up any of his own plays. It’s all Rams, all week.

Thielen has already watched three games in full and is about to view a fourth. Right here is where he outwits defenses. Thielen doesn’t skim through the “cut-ups” available to players—third downs, red zone, etc. He chooses instead to watch full games, to obsess over every cornerback through the course of normal game flow. Are they pressing? Playing off? How does a receiver run a route against certain coverages?

“And then,” Thielen says, “I’ll visually put myself in that position: How am I going to run that route if I get that certain coverage?”

It’s all absorbed, all cataloged. Today, he’s glued to Rams-Cowboys.

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Great article. I hope all the hard work and extra effort pays off for Treadwell too.


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Post Bleacher Report Expose on Thielen
Thought you guys would find this a good read.

http://mag.bleacherreport.com/welcome-t ... =editorial


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Thought you guys would find this a good read.

http://mag.bleacherreport.com/welcome-t ... =editorial


I merged this thread. This was already posted here.

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Minnesota Vikings WR Adam Thielen sits down with former Vikings superstar Randy Moss to discuss his unorthodox journey to the NFL and how he landed on his hometown team.

Adam Thielen’s unorthodox journey to the NFL | NFL Countdown | ESPN

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