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Adam Thielen often likes challenges, and now he has another. The Vikings are installing a new offense this spring under coordinator Kevin Stefanski and new assistant Gary Kubiak. The two-time Pro Bowl wide receiver said plenty of progress is being made. “It’s been great,’’ Thielen said. “For us as veterans, it’s actually kind of fun to learn a new system and try to master it, try to figure out the different nuances of making it effective.’’
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The Minnesota Vikings need help on the offensive line, and they got it Thursday night, April 25. With the No. 18 pick in the NFL draft, the Vikings selected center Garrett Bradbury of North Carolina State. “This was one of the guys that we had targeted, because of his natural athletic ability, his strength he plays with,” said Vikings general manager Rick Spielman. “We’ve been through a hundred scenarios leading up to tonight, and there were a couple guys that we looked at, but Bradbury was by far our target tonight when we got into the draft.”
EAGAN, Minn. -- Six years ago, Adam Thielen was an undrafted free agent from a Division II school hoping to catch on with the Vikings at a rookie tryout camp. On Monday, April 15, the Detroit Lakes native signed a contract extension that makes him one of the 10 highest-paid receivers in the NFL. “I don’t know if there’s ever been a success story like Adam Thielen,’’ Vikings general manager Rick Spielman said. “He’s a great example for all those kids out there who say dreams don’t come true.”
EAGAN, Minn. -- The Vikings finalized their roster for the start of offseason workouts. Officially signing one-year contracts Monday, April 15, were quarterback Sean Mannion, who agreed to a deal on April 7, and wide receiver Jordan Taylor, who agreed to one Saturday. Mannion’s deal is worth $900,000, according to a source. Minnesota also officially signed wide receiver Adam Thielen to his extension. Thielen agreed Friday to terms on a four-year, $64 million extension that could be worth as much as $73 million with incentives.
EAGAN, Minn. -- The Vikings added offensive line depth on Thursday, April 4, with the signing of veteran Dakota Dozier. Dozier can play both guard and tackle but mostly has played guard in his five seasons in the NFL. He played in six games last season with the New York Jets, including two starts. Since being a fourth-round draft pick in 2014 by the Jets out of Furman, Dozier has appeared in 38 games with seven career starts. He spent last season playing under position coach Rick Dennison, who is now offensive line coach/run game coordinator for the Vikings.
MINNEAPOLIS — Tom Brady got a kick out of seeing Vikings wide receiver Adam Thielen and New England coach Bill Belichick jaw at each other Sunday. Early in the fourth quarter of the Patriots’ 24-10 win at Gillette Stadium, the two went back and forth after Vikings running back Latavius Murray got a first down on a fourth-and-1 carry that was unsuccessfully challenged by New England. Thielen said he was upset because it was “cheap’’ that safety Patrick Chung went down on the play, alleging he might have done so to give the Patriots more time to decide whether to challenge.
CHICAGO — Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins, who grew up in a Chicago suburb, spoke last week about what a thrill it has been to play at Soldier Field. It wasn’t much fun Sunday night. Cousins had a rugged outing and the Vikings lost 25-20 to Chicago in the battle for first place in the NFC North. The Bears (7-3) moved 1 1/2 games ahead of the Vikings (5-4-1). And they have a much easier schedule to close the season.
MINNEAPOLIS — Kirk Cousins and Adam Thielen have carried the Vikings offense all season. They were doomed, though, on Sunday when both committed a costly turnover. In a 30-20 loss to New Orleans at U.S. Bank Stadium, Thielen lost a fumble late in the second quarter that was returned 54 yards, and Cousins threw an interception that was returned for a Saints touchdown early in the third quarter.
EAGAN, Minn. -- Adam Thielen caught just 16 of his 247 career receptions from Teddy Bridgewater, but the impact the former Vikings quarterback had on him goes far beyond statistics. “I probably wouldn’t be the receiver I am today without him,” Thielen said Thursday, Oct. 25.
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — There was a celebration Sunday when Adam Thielen tied an NFL record, but it wasn’t by the Vikings wide receiver. Thielen caught nine passes for 110 yards in Minnesota’s 37-17 victory over the New York Jets at MetLife Stadium, giving him 100 or more yards receiving for the seventh straight game to open a season. That tied the record set by Charlie Hennigan of the Houston Oilers in 1961. Thielen shrugged off the accomplishment, saying he only cared about getting a victory. But members of Hennigan’s family had a much different reaction.