The Vikings are counting on Adam Thielen and Stefon Diggs to create plays downfield. Without them Kirk Cousins will have a tough time producing results:

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Author: Jon Kuzma

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Everyone in Minnesota is excited by the arrival of Kirk Cousins but the receivers have to be at their best in order for Cousins to succeed. That means Adam Thielen and Stefon Diggs have to maintain that high level of output which has made them one of the best pass catching tandems in the league. Thielen is the ace and itā€™s been an amazing run for him considering he was an undrafted free agent in 2013. Not only is number 19 (Thielen) the most complete receiver on this roster. His size is a mismatch for opposing teams and thatā€™s resulted in 9 touchdowns over the past two seasons for Minnesotaā€™s offense. If Cousins wants to hit the ground running with his new team heā€™ll need Thielen to be that 1,000 yard caliber of player that he was a year ago. Make no mistake about it Adam Thielen is so vital to this ball club and heā€™s the guy thatā€™s irreplaceable. Then thereā€™s Stefon Diggs who has been quite the surprise himself. Diggs has never once had under 700 receiving yards in his three year career and the one thing thatā€™s really impressive about Diggs is he can absorb the contact and still haul in the tough grab. So many times on film Diggs took a pretty big shot but managed to finish the catch. Every team needs a receiver who is tough enough to handle himself against those NFL defenders. Minnesota has two in Thielen and Diggs who will both be Cousins security blanket when heā€™s trying make some magic happen in the passing game. Thereā€™s already Super Bowl expectations for this team heading into the season and thatā€™s why Thielen and Diggs have to raise the bar. If both players went for a 1,000 yards then thereā€™s a good chance theyā€™ll be clicking as they head into the playoffs. They have to establish that good momentum during the regular season and everything should fall into place from there.

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Adam Thielen and Stefon Diggs have to create plays downfield for the Vikings.

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