The majority of Thielen's rushing yardage came on a 41-yard scamper on a fake punt early in Sunday's contest and he added 26 yards on a reverse in the fourth quarter. Thielen did suffer a shoulder injury in Sunday's game, according to the Pioneer Press, but he believes he'll be available this Sunday against the Seahawks.
Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Adam Thielen had six receptions for 70 yards on eight targets in Week 4 defeat to Denver.
Thielen got more playing time with Charles Johnson out with a rib injury and Jarius Wright limited with a hand injury. Thielen was third on the team in targets as both he and Stefon Diggs had breakout games.
With Charles Johnson struggling even before the injury, there may be an opening for Thielen to get a larger role in the passing game.
Minnesota Vikings wideout Adam Thielen could start this week against the Broncos with Charles Johnson out with a rib injury and Jarius Wright a game-time decision with a hand injury, per ESPN 1500.
Thielen appeared to move ahead of Cordarrelle Patterson to move to No. 4 on the wide receiver depth chart as he got two targets in last week's game. However, it's not clear if Thielen would start at receiver if there's an opening.
Two of Thielen's targets were early in the game, so his increase in playing time wasn't totally due to a blowout win. They were Thielen's first targets of the season and he's in a run-first offense, so don't expect him to get much more work. However, he may have overtaken Cordarrelle Patterson to move to No. 4 on the wide receiver depth chart.
With the release of veteran Greg Jennings, the
Wright, 25, caught a career-high 42 passes for 588 yards last season, with two touchdowns. He also rushed five times for 71 yards.
Thielen, 24, had eight catches for 137 yards and a touchdown.
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