If you talk to Adam Thielen’s high school football coach about his first NFL player, you can’t talk about just football.
A perfect example of doing what it takes to make the team is wide receiver and special teams player, Adam Thielen. Thielen is right at home in Vikings training camp, as he went to college at Minnesota-State Mankato.
The Minnesota Vikings claimed former Chicago Bears offensive tackle J’Marcus Webb and released Troy Kropog Sunday. Head coach Leslie Frazier said that he would talk about injuries on Wednesday, including the right knee of Kevin Williams. The Vikings filled their practice squad roster with eight players.
Joe Webb’s athleticism was too much to part with for the Minnesota Vikings. After converting Webb to wide receiver this spring, following a failed emergency playoff start at quarterback when Christian Ponder was out with an injury, the Vikings kept the versatile former sixth-round draft pick for special teams value and depth at an important position. Webb, in the fourth and final year of his contract, was one of five wide receivers on the 53-man regular-season roster revealed Saturday after the cut deadline.
Cordarrelle Patterson and fellow rookie wide receiver Adam Thielen are training camp roommates with the Minnesota Vikings. Patterson was a first-round draft selection from Tennessee, a player the Vikings coveted enough to trade four lower picks to move up and get.
Everything on Friday was the usual for Adam Thielen. He donned purple football gear and went out to practice on the very field – the Minnesota State University, Mankato – where he’d spent the last five years solidifying himself as one of the best Maverick wideouts ever. The one difference on Friday was, this time he did it as a pro.
Detroit Lakes-native Adam Thielen put on quite a show during Vikings mini-camp last week. He had a magical fall while playing at Minnesota State Mankato. While the coach was on leave, the team rallied and ran the table in the conference before losing in the NCAA playoffs. “Most fun year I ever had. To be able to focus on just football and come together as a team and just really play our hearts out and give it all we got,” Thielen said.