Thielen's day included a nice one-handed grab to set up a score. He was third in targets, as he's getting more balls thrown his way than No. 2 receiver Charles Johnson. However, the conservative offense in Minnesota will limit his upside.
Thielen's stock continues to rise as he had the second most targets among wide receivers (Charles Johnson had just two targets). It's notable that Thielen continues to have a large role even with new starting quarterback Sam Bradford playing his first game with the
Thielen had four receptions for 54 yards on five targets in Sunday's win at Tennessee. Thielen was a clear third on the team in snaps with 35 as Cordarrelle Patterson had five and both Laquon Treadwell and Jarius Wright did not play, the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.
Thielen had a strong preseason and is the clear third receiver to begin the season. He could continue to surprise this season as he's excelled in every role the Vikings have placed him in.
It's possible Thielen will begin the season as the No. 3 receiver ahead of Laquon Treadwell and Jarius Wright as he's had a strong preseason and training camp. Still, it's hard to see Thielen having a prominent role in the offense, and he may return to his utility role. However, he's a player to watch early in the season in case the
Thielen was targeted a team-high six times and had four receptions for 61 yards in Thursday's preseason win over Seattle.
Thielen has been practicing with the first-team offense and has had two strong performances in the preseason while getting time with the starting offense. However, it's still hard to envision he'll have a significant role once the regular season begins. He thrives on special teams and as a utility player who can play any wide receiver role in a pinch.
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