Detroit Lakes native Adam Thielen looking to make Vikings 53 man roster out of training camp
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.