Vikings Update: State of the Wide Receivers

Vikings' wide receiver Stefon Diggs stretches out for the end zone during the 2015 Hall of Fame game versus the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Vikings' wide receiver Stefon Diggs stretches out for the end zone during the 2015 Hall of Fame game versus the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Vikings’ quarterback Teddy Bridgewater will have a rejuvenated receiving group to throw to in 2016. With Laquon Treadwell and Moritz Boehringer now in the fold, Vikings fans hope to see a jump in offensive production.

Looking at the depth chart, Minnesota will have a boatload of competition on the outside. They won’t be able to keep everyone they want and may have to let valued talent walk.


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Here’s the Vikings’ projected wide receiver depth chart going into training camp this summer.

Projected Wide Receiver Depth Chart

  1. Stefon Diggs

  2. Laquon Treadwell

  3. Jarius Wright

  4. Charles Johnson

  5. Adam Thielen

  6. Cordarrelle Patterson

  7. Moritz Boehringer


Diggs and Treadwell are both locks to start on the numbers barring any extenuating circumstances. The two pass catchers will create a new versatility in the passing attack; the Vikings will have a strong balance of speed, quickness, and size on the outside, not to mention both players produce well after the catch.

Wright lives in the slot. He has provided Bridgewater with a reliable third down target and consistency in the clutch as well. He deserves more credit than what he has received in his career.

Charles Johnson comes in fourth on the depth chart. This may be surprising to some fans due to the injury troubles he has faced within the past year. However, when healthy he has shown plenty of upside. His rare mix of size and speed give him an extra added advantage.

Adam Thielen has cemented a unique role in Minnesota. Playing his college football for Minnesota State University of Mankato, he has gone on to play for his hometown team, the Vikings. Thielen not only provides solid wide receiver depth, but is a dynamic special teams asset too.

This is where the depth chart gets interesting. German football sensation, Moritz Boehringer, gives the Viking plenty of optimism. You just don’t see a guy with his size, six feet four inches tall and 227 pounds, that can run a 4.42 second, 40-yard dash. He’s a freak of an athlete with a good shot of making the team. At the very least he’ll find his way onto the practice squad.

Cordarrelle Patterson will likely be battling for the sixth receiver spot along with Boehringer. He has struggled to adjust to Norv Turner’s complex offensive system, but has worked endlessly this offseason to improve his deficiencies. One thing Patterson has going for him is his ability with the ball in his hands. He intrigues with his undeniable athleticism and elusiveness. He’ll be playing with a huge chip on his shoulder over the summer and into the fall.

Wrap Up:

Look for Bridgewater to have more command over the offense in 2016. The Vikings must give him control in order to allow players like Treadwell and Diggs to make their full impact. Treadwell’s arrival gives Bridgewater a downfield target the Vikings have been lacking for many years. He has the ability to take the load off of Diggs and allow other players to find more favorable match ups.

Austin Erwin writes for cover32 and covers the Minnesota Vikings. He can be followed on Twitter @austin_erwin

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