The Minnesota Vikings have appeared to be close to an answer at wide receiver the past couple years, but have never really been able to get over the hump. They have a lot of young talent that has shown plenty of promise at one point or another, but they haven’t been able to have sustained success. They have also tried to work an assortment of veteran receivers into the mix, but none of them seemed to pan out either.
When Mike Zimmer took over as head coach in 2014, the team had Cordarrelle Patterson, who seemed to be an emerging star at the time, a veteran receiver in Greg Jennings, and Jarius Wright working out of the slot. They thought they were set at the position so they didn’t worry about drafting any during Zimmer’s first offseason.
They also brought in Charles Johnson during the season and as the season progressed his role increased, especially as Patterson’s began to decrease. Following the 2014 season it was clear things were going to need to change before the start of the 2015 season.
The Vikings released Jennings and traded for Mike Wallace. Then they drafted Stefon Diggs in the fifth round, and with Johnson seemingly primed to have a breakout season the hopes were once again high for the Vikings’ receivers.
http://www.scout.com/nfl/vikings/story/1671769-are-vikings-set-running-b... Once again, things didn’t work out the way that people originally thought they would, as Wallace and quarterback Teddy Bridgewater never seemed to be able to get on the same page and Johnson’s role all but disappeared because of a rib injury he suffered. That decrease to Johnson’s role let Diggs emerge, though, and for the third season in a row the Vikings believe have a young receiver primed to break out in his second season on the team.
The Vikings’ coaches and front office still saw a glaring need to upgrade and change the position and released Wallace, then drafted Laquon Treadwell with their first-round selection and Moritz Bohringer in the sixth round.
Once again, the Vikings’ receiving corps seems to be ready to take a step forward and help Bridgewater develop. Diggs proved to be a playmaker as a rookie, but the big question is if he can sustain that success into his second season. There is also a lot of hype surrounding Treadwell, as many draft analysts believed he was the best receiver in this year’s draft.
Johnson is also fully recovered from his broken ribs and ready to get back to where he left off in 2014. Boehringer has great size and speed, but there are a lot of questions about how well he will translate to the NFL after playing football in Germany. One thing to keep in mind, though, is that there is not a lot of veteran leadership at the position.
Wright is the most veteran receiver in the Vikings locker room right now and he has only been in the NFL for five years.
The Vikings’ young receivers seem to be in a strong position to have a breakout season, but at the same time there are still a lot of questions surrounding the group. With all the variables surrounding them, it is still very possible that they do not live up to the hype surrounding them once again, just like the past two seasons.