Has Teddy Bridgewater found his new favorite target at the wide receiver position? It seems quite possible, as the former Maryland Terrapins wide receiver in rookie Stefon Diggs has jumped into the spotlight not only for the Minnesota Vikings, but people are noticing his performance on a national level.
It seems unclear at this point why Diggs would have been inactive for the first three weeks of the NFL season. Because his performances both in week four against the Denver Broncos and in week six against the Kansas City Chiefs make it seem like he's been ready to play for quite some time. He led the team in receiving yards against the Broncos when he put up six catches for 87 yards, including a nice long catch for a 25 yard gain. He didn't disappoint against the Chiefs either, again leading the team in receiving yards with 129 yards on seven catches this time for a nice 18.4 yards per catch. He still has yet to get his first NFL touchdown, but yours truly is quite certain that will not remain long in coming to him.
Because of his strong performance against the Chiefs, the writers of VAVEL USA have voted him their Defensive Player of Week Six. The primary question regarding him though in the twin cities is whether or not Diggs is going to beat out Charles Johnson to be the second starting receiver on the Vikings. This writer tends to think that Diggs has a much higher ceiling than Johnson, and that if he doesn't beat him at for the starting job at this point, which he should, that he will end up beating him out for it later this season. Putting someone with good speed like Diggs across the field from Mike Wallace simply gives Bridgewater more deep threat options and opens up the running game for their star running back in Adrian Peterson. There isn't a Head Coach in the league that doesn't want to spread the defense out, so that is exactly why yours truly thinks that Mike Zimmer is going to give Diggs the starting nod in week seven and beyond.