Diggs and fellow wideout Adam Thielen traveled to Atlanta in early April to spend time with new Vikings starting quarterback Kirk Cousins, Chris Tomasson of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports. The Vikings made significant changes on offense early in the offseason, luring John DeFilippo away from the Eagles to replace Pat Shurmur as coordinator, then signing Cousins to replace the departed trio of Case Keenum, Sam Bradford and Teddy Bridgewater at quarterback. The team also lost running back Jerick McKinnon and added receiver Kendall Wright, but retained four of five starters on the offensive line as well as its top three pass-catchers from 2017 (Diggs, Thielen and Kyle Rudolph). Diggs is hoping for a true breakout in the final year of his rookie contract after turning in three seasons that were productive but unspectacular, marked by fast starts followed by mid-season swoons. He did at least bounce back from his slump in 2017, scoring a touchdown in each game Weeks 15 through 17, then catching 14 of 22 targets for 207 yards and a touchdown in two playoff contests. The 24-year-old should get a few more deep shots in 2018 with Cousins under center.
Diggs caught eight of 12 targets for 70 yards during Sunday's 38-7 loss to the Eagles. Diggs tied for the team lead in targets, but he made just one play longer than 14 yards and wound up averaging just 8.8 yards per catch. The third-year wideout's usage was slightly down during the regular season, but he still managed 849 yards and a career-high eight touchdowns, not to mention his terrific game-winning catch in the NFC divisional round. Diggs has emerged as one of the bright young receivers in the NFL and will look to take another leap in 2018 as he plays out his rookie contract.
Diggs caught six of 10 targets for 137 yards and one touchdown during Sunday's 29-24 NFC divisional-round victory over the Saints. Even though the Vikings' offense got off to a hot start and ultimately scored the first 17 points of the game, Diggs didn't contribute much early on and had just two receptions for 28 yards at halftime. However, the Maryland product came up clutch on several occasions in the second half, and no reception was bigger than his last. With Minnesota down by one point and just 10 seconds remaining in regulation, Diggs hauled in a long bomb at the New Orleans' 30-yard line, and, thanks to whiffed tackle by Saints safety Marcus Williams, was able to scamper his way to the house for the game-winning touchdown. The Vikings will now advance to next weekend's NFC championship game against an Eagles team that allowed just 6.5 yards per pass attempt during the regular season, which was the third-lowest mark in the league.
Diggs had six receptions for 65 yards on six targets, including a 15-yard touchdown, in Sunday's win over Chicago. Diggs finished the regular season on a roll with touchdowns in each of his last three games. He finishes the regular season with 64 receptions for 849 yards and eight touchdowns. He had fewer receptions and yards then last season, but more touchdowns (three in 2016). He'll try to keep his touchdown streak going in the playoffs after a bye week.
Diggs corralled five of eight passes for 60 yards and one touchdown during Saturday's 16-0 win at Green Bay. As the Vikings inch ever closer to a first-round bye in the playoffs, Diggs himself was the beneficiary of a game plan that mostly turned vanilla after his four-yard touchdown grab with 56 seconds left in the first quarter. By game's end, Case Keenum had 25 pass attempts next to his name versus 33 carries collectively from the team, one of which Diggs took for three yards. If the Panthers lose or tie Sunday and the Eagles win Monday, the Vikings will be locked into the No. 2 seed in the NFC, a reality that likely would result in top-line players on both sides of the ball taking off Week 17.
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|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|1||09/09||San Francisco 49ers||23||20.38|
|2||09/16||@Green Bay Packers||32||24.13|
|4||09/28||@Los Angeles Rams||11||18.47|
|7||10/21||@New York Jets||19||20.00|
|8||10/29||New Orleans Saints||20||20.00|
|12||11/26||Green Bay Packers||32||24.13|
|13||12/02||@New England Patriots||27||22.58|
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|3 Year Avg||97||67||824||5||40||12.30||113|