Thielen: I wouldn’t be the WR I am without Bridgewater
Minnesota Vikings broad receiver Adam Thielen has became a vital particular person and finds himself knocking on the door of league history entering Sunday evening’s game towards the Unique Orleans Saints.
Could perchance merely restful Thielen fabricate every other One hundred yards receiving in Week Eight, he would became the second participant to sage eight consecutive crew games with One hundred-plus yards receiving at any point in a season in NFL history.
As to who deserves credit for making an impact on Thielen’s model into one among the league’s simplest broad receivers one day of the last two seasons?
Thielen saves the reward for a extinct teammate who shall be staring at Sunday from the opposing sidelines — Saints backup quarterback Teddy Bridgewater.
“His impact — in actuality all of the years he became once right here — became once monumental,” Thielen said Thursday, by the Vikings’ legit net predicament. “I do know for my fragment, I most likely wouldn’t be the receiver I am right this moment time without him.”
Bridgewater joined the Vikings as a serious-spherical select of Louisville in 2014, the identical year Thielen signed as an undrafted free agent from Minnesota Voice.
The 2 rapid fashioned a bond and Thielen pointed out it became once classic for Bridgewater to host the broad receivers within the quarterback’s native land of Miami at some stage within the offseason for workouts.
The chemistry on and off the discipline between quarterback and broad receiver lasted by Bridgewater’s time in Minneapolis, which ended closing season.
“He more or much less idea devour a receiver, so it became once in actuality frigid to bag him as a quarterback that in point of fact idea devour a receiver,” Thielen said. “And I keep in mind so repeatedly closing year after a game, he’d near up to me and issue, ‘Hello, you’ve finished this better, you’ve finished that better.’ Upright so many things that I wasn’t smitten by that he became once smitten by became once in actuality frigid.”
Meanwhile, Thielen has blossomed from a special teams contributor to an every-down broad receiver. He produced his first 1,000-yard receiving season in 2017, earning second-crew All-Pro honors and a Pro Bowl different, and is successfully on tempo to amass a second consecutive 1,000-yard campaign.
But by it all, the Vikings broad receiver is never any longer going to fail to bear in mind Bridgewater’s impact on his profession.
“He is a special guy to me, clearly, and I are attempting to support fervent with him as great as that that you would be able to think,” Thielen said.