The Vikings have a sudden TD magnet

The Vikings have a sudden TD magnet

November 16, 2020; Chicago, Illinois, USA; Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Adam Thilen. Compulsory Credit: Queen Harris – USA Today Sports.

Adam Thilen will have his powers with the Minnesota Vikings for a certain reason as he goes deeper into his 30s.

Beginning in 2019, seemingly inexplicably, Thiellen has become a touchdown magnet. Earlier, unsurprisingly, Thiellen was a receiving yard savant who did not score a touchdown on a clip consistent with his yard speed.

In Thiellen’s first five seasons, he scored 19 with a hodgepodge of quarterbacks at Teddy Bridgewater, Case Kinam and Sam Bradford. At the end Three During the season, Thieln’s touchdown reached 30 in total.

September 26, 2021; Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Adam Thilen. Compulsory Credit: Brad Rampel – USA Today Sports

Perhaps it was the maturity of a relationship with Kirk Cousins, who joined the team in 2018. Whatever the case, the Vikings had a touchdown for Thilan in their second season of cousins ​​as QB1.

Therefore, from 2019, Thilen leads all WRs in achieving every target touchdown. Here are the numbers:

Receipt of TD% per target,
NFL WRs,
From 2019:
(Minimum 100 targets)

  1. Adam Thilen (11.9%)
  2. Gabriel Davis (10.4%)
  3. Mike Evans (10.2%)
  4. Jamar Chase (10.1%)
  5. Bamboo’Quan Smith (9.6%)
  6. Allen Lazard (8.8%)
  7. AJ Brown (8.1%)
  8. DK Metcalfe (8.1%)
  9. Tyreek Hill (8.0%)
  10. Willie Snead (7.8%)

What does this mean? Generally speaking, when Thilen is targeted, he scores at a higher rate than any other prominent wide receiver in the NFL.

The “sudden” part of his magnetism stems from his past performance. From 2014 to 2018, Thiellen posted 4.5% through this metric – or scored 4.5% while throwing the ball towards him. But since 2019, the number has risen to 11.9% – the best in the world.

October 7, 2018; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Adam Thilen. Compulsory Credit: Eric Heartline – USA Today Sports

Thiellen, 31, is due to stay with the Vikings for three more seasons, as his contract is properly and precisely linked to the start of Justin Jefferson’s last Ginomas salary. Visitors to the Vikings should get a few more seasons to determine if Thiellen has continued the breakneck touchdown rate.

Also, it would be weird for Thilen to slow down in life after Mike Zimmer. Minnesota has hired Kevin O’Connell to replace Zimmer, and O’Connell and Zimmer are just like Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump – at least in terms of football philosophy. Zimmer chose a defensive-first approach, running the ball down his neck and scoring enough points to win. O’Connell, on the other hand, arrives in Minnesota from the Los Angeles Rams system which picks up points, points, and more.

If Thilen achieves the top-listed touchdown mark in the Defense-First, Run-the-Ball culture, his projection into the O’Connell scheme should simply increase.


Dustin Baker is a political scientist who graduated from the University of Minnesota in 2007. Subscribe to her daily YouTube channel, VikesNow. She With Bryant McKinney, which airs every Wednesday Raun Sai And Sally from Minneapolis. His Viking Fandom dates back to 1996. Listed Criminal Pleasures: Peanut Butter Ice Cream, ‘The Sopranos’ and The Doors (Band).

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