09/08/2022

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Vikings Generate Success by Grouping Jefferson & Thielen

EAGAN, Minn. — You will find a lot of converse about wherever Justin Jefferson and Adam Thielen rank between receiving tandems in the NFL.

Numbers surely back again it up.

Jefferson (63 receptions, 944 yards and 6 touchdowns) and Thielen (58 receptions, 624 yards and eight touchdowns) are the only two receivers on the exact same crew in the best 13 in receptions and the only duo with at the very least six obtaining touchdowns in 2021.

Together, they have blended for 121 receptions, 1,568 yards and 14 scores.

A huge section of their figures raising very last Sunday was the way that Minnesota had them do the job in tandem on the same aspect of formations.

Either lining up around every single other instantly out of a huddle or winding up in proximity right after a pre-snap movement, Jefferson and Thielen hauled in passes from Kirk Cousins, who finished the recreation 24-of-34 passing for 341 yards with a few scores and a passer rating of 128.4.

Jefferson (8 catches for 169 yards and two scores) and Thielen (eight catches for 82 yards and just one score) took turns providing huge plays and supplying Packers defenders a great deal to consider about just before snaps and through dwell motion.  

Jefferson and Thielen were being on the very same aspect of the offensive line for multiple performs, which include a 56-lawn completion to Jefferson, a 10-yard touchdown to Thielen, a 15-property go to Tyler Conklin and a 23-property touchdown to Jefferson.

Here is what they had to say.

“I assume it’s crucial to sort of go us about like that and put us on the same aspect. I feel often groups, if we are on opposite sides, they can just cloud protection, double-double, points like that they can do to just choose us absent, so the much more that — the coaches certainly do such a excellent task of placing us in fantastic positions to lead to worry on the protection. We’ve performed that a good deal and had some achievements with it, so I would picture we are going to do a lot more of it relocating forward. I think it’s a excellent improve-up and will make teams have to adjust.” 

“I feel it truly is just attempting to be various. I you should not feel we consider to overdo that or not do it at all. I consider it can be anything you sprinkle in and see how defenses select to protect it. You in the end just kind of respond to how they’re staying defended and go wherever your reads get you.”

“These fellas, concerning those people two and K.J. [Osborn], just have so a lot self-assurance in their potential. They’re incredibly intelligent players. You can go them about within just a collection, you can make brief adjustments, and that just speaks to their football temperament and [receivers] Mentor [Keenan] McCardell having them all set to perform in a great deal of places.”

“Very well, occasionally if they are both on the exact same side, then they can overload the coverage to that side. If they don’t, you’re going to get some type of single. If they are overloading the coverage, you happen to be likely to see you can find 4 fellas to the other facet and just one man to the bottom. But they performed a large amount of zone [Sunday]. They acquired into some, late, acquired into some male-to-guy stuff, rolled to Justin a few instances. But they kind of performed what they played.”

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