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Detroit Lakes native Adam Thielen looking to make Vikings 53 man roster out of training camp
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Mankato, MN (WDAY TV) - Adam Thielen has been wearing a Vikings helmet for over a year now, but he still hasn't worn one in a regular season game. The Detroit Lakes native spent all of last year on the team's practice squad, but this year he wants to do more than practice.

Adam Thielen/Vikings Wide Receiver – Detroit Lakes Native: “It's definitely my ultimate goal to be on the 53-man roster, but I have to look at it one day at a time and one practice at a time and that's my approach right now, to get better every day. Things will fall into place as they may.”

The Vikings are three days into training camp; Adam Thielen has been catching everyone's attention, including his new head coach.

Mike Zimmer/Vikings Head Coach: “I told him he was a super star out here today.”

His catches have been highlight-reel worthy.

Teddy Bridgewater/Vikings Rookie Quarterback: “It's extremely high when you have guys like Adam Thielen out there diving and making acrobatic catches out there for you.”

Thielen: “Everyone gets lucky once in a while.”

But, make no mistake, luck, has little to do with why Thielen is a favorite to make the Vikings roster as the team's 5th wide receiver. The former Minnesota State Maverick has come a long ways since coming to camp a year ago as an undrafted rookie free agent.

Thielen: “I was pretty stressed out last year. I was just so worried about every little thing. Now, I can relax and just play football again.”

It's that comfort level that has caught the attention of his teammates and coaches, as the Detroit Lakes native tries to make a big enough splash in training camp and the preseason to make the 53-man roster.

Jarius Wright/Vikings Wide Receiver: “He's a great guy off the field and on the field, he's even better. He works hard, studies his playbook, he can play any position. He brings a lot.”

Zimmer: “Adam is actually doing a terrific job. He might have been the most improved guy in OTAs. He's a great kid. He works his rear end off. He runs routes really hard and catches the ball really good. He has an opportunity to make this football team.”

Thielen: “There's a lot of people that would love to be in this spot. It's huge to have that support from those communities. I've had so much support from Detroit Lakes and Mankato. It's really pushed me and drove me to get here and I want to make this team for my community.”

Thielen's roommate at camp is Cordarelle Patterson; the two have become really good friends.

Jody Norstedt
Jody Norstedt is WDAY/WDAZ's weekend sports anchor and reporter. The Montevideo, MN native joined the WDAY/WDAZ team as WDAZ's weekend sports anchor in Grand Forks in June of 2008. As time went on, he transitioned to Fargo and is now the sports anchor for our weekend WDAY/WDAZ newscasts.  Jody has helped the WDAY sports staff earn numerous awards, including the 2015 MBJA Sevareid Award for Sportscast/Program for the team's submission of "First Down Friday". Jody said the highlight of his career, although it's so tough to pick only one, was covering the 2011 LPGA U.S. Open in Colorado Springs, CO when Oxbow's Amy Anderson held the lead as an 18-year old. He is also a proud graduate of St. Cloud State University and an avid college hockey fan, despite never playing the game himself. Go Huskies! Jody can relate to the heartache and the hope of Minnesota sports fans, he has been cheering for the Twins, Wild, Vikings, and Timberwolves his entire life. The thing he likes most about his job is the passion that this area has for sports and the opportunities to cover so many teams, athletes and outdoor activities across North Dakota and Minnesota. In 2012, he married his wife Amy (Unrau) who joined the WDAY/WDAZ team as a weekend news anchor/reporter. Together, the two have enjoyed volunteering in the community and providing viewers with the best local news and sports coverage in the Red River Valley.   Jody enjoys going for runs, being active in his church community, spending time with family & friends, travelling and the ups and downs of being a homeowner. If you have a sports story idea or a homeowner tip, send it his way.  You can "like" Jody's page on Facebook or follow him on twitter:@J_Norstedt
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