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Wednesday, April 8, 2020

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Stefon Diggs explains his frustration on sidelines during Vikings win

Stefon Diggs helmet

Stefon Diggs is downplaying the frustration he showed on the sidelines during the Minnesota Vikings’ NFC Wild Card Game on Sunday against New Orleans.

Diggs did not have much of a role in the offense for the first few quarters and was seen getting frustrated. He threw his helmet at one point and was also shown getting emotional with Dalvin Cook and Kirk Cousins.

Diggs was asked after the game about his emotional displays and downplayed them.

“It’s a game before anything. People don’t want you to show emotion. If you don’t show emotion, (people think) you don’t care, but if you show too much emotion … but it wasn’t nothing towards my guys,” Diggs clarified. “It was just the coverage I was getting. You get frustrated out there when they have two guys on you the whole game. Don’t get it confused with a distraction because the guys on my team know me. I’m always team-first, I’m always ready and willing to do anything so we can get a win. I care about my teammates and their opinion about me more than I care about the outside. I don’t think there’s anything wrong with showing a little frustration.”

Diggs didn’t have any targets at that point in the game. Getting ticked off seemed like a distraction for his team, because complaining could influence Kirk Cousins to force him the ball when the quarterback shouldn’t.

The Vikings were winning at the time and ended up victorious. Diggs really shouldn’t be frustrated, but it’s human nature to want to have a role in a victory and not just be a spectator.

Video: Stefon Diggs throws helmet in anger while Vikings have lead

Stefon Diggs helmet

Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Stefon Diggs appeared to be unhappy with his lack of involvement in the game plan early in Sunday’s playoff matchup with the New Orleans Saints.

Despite his team leading 13-10 in the third quarter, Diggs threw his helmet in frustration on the sideline after one of Minnesota’s drives stalled out. He had not been targeted in the game at all to that point.

Diggs was then seen talking something over with Kirk Cousins and Dalvin Cook.

Diggs probably felt like he could have helped the team more, but throwing your helmet in anger during a playoff game in which you are leading is not a good look. He could claim his lack of targets was not the source of his frustration, but he has a history of being upset with his role in Minnesota’s offense.

Earlier this year, Diggs’ name came up in trade rumors and he appeared to fuel some of the speculation himself. He later said he is “happy” with the team, but he certainly didn’t look it in New Orleans.

Here’s what Diggs said about it after the game.

Stefon Diggs features ‘woman yelling at cat’ meme on his cleats

Stefon Diggs

We have seen NFL players feature some unusual things on their cleats over the years, but Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Stefon Diggs took things to an entirely different level on Sunday. If you have seen that bizarre meme featuring the woman yelling at the cat that has once again gone viral, you will probably appreciate it.

Artist Mache, who designs custom footwork for a lot of athletes, shared a photo of Diggs’ cleats on Sunday. There’s really not a whole lot we can say about them.

For those of you who are somehow unfamiliar with the meme, it is actually quite old but recently made a comeback. The mashup is a combination of Taylor Armstrong from a 2011 episode of “The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” and a cat that became famous on Tumblr when someone posted a photo of it with the caption “he no like vegetals.” You can read a more detailed explanation here.

Diggs is known for rocking some extremely creative cleats, but he may have outdone himself this time.

Stefon Diggs now says he is ‘happy’ with Vikings

Stefon Diggs

It wasn’t that long ago that Stefon Diggs wanted a trade away from the Minnesota Vikings. The Vikings were 2-2 three weeks ago, not throwing the ball, and Diggs said there was some truth to the trade rumors.

Since then, Minnesota has gone on a four-game winning streak and showcased its passing game. That’s led to a turnaround in attitude from Diggs. Asked about his feelings after Thursday night’s 19-9 win over Washington, Diggs told NFL Network’s Steve Smith he is now “happy” with the Vikings.

“I’m happy with the guys I’m playing with. I’m happy with the staff that we have. I’m happy with this team. I’m happy to be a part of it more than anything, so at this point, I’m thankful,” Diggs said.

Diggs has consecutive 7-catch, 143-yard games and has been a big part of the team’s offense recently. Maybe all that trade talk served as a good reminder to Minnesota’s coaching staff that they should be utilizing Diggs in the passing game.

10 biggest disappointments of NFL Week 5

Dak Prescott

More bad kicking, more quarterbacks with turnovers, and some very surprising results marked Week 5. Did anyone expect the Green Bay Packers to come out and obliterate the Dallas Cowboys in the first half on the road, for instance? Did anyone see Denver grabbing their first win of the season on the road against the Chargers? Did anyone see Kirk Cousins having a pretty good day passing? How about the Chiefs losing at home to the Colts? Some may have seen these results coming, but most wouldn’t have bet on it.

What were the most prominent disappointments of Week 5? Here’s a look.

Dak Prescott, QB, Cowboys

Whatever was going right for the Cowboys’ offense has started to go dreadfully wrong. Prescott ended up throwing for 463 yards in his furious bid to rally Dallas back from down 31-3, but he turned the ball over three times and the offense didn’t start clicking until it was far too late. There are definitely growing questions about the Dallas offense, though Prescott still flashed his talent in the defeat. Turnovers were still a big problem, and that must change going forward.

Kansas City Chiefs’ offense

Where was this unit all Sunday night? The typically explosive Chiefs offense was held to just 13 points at home in a stunning loss to the Colts. KC started off the game with two scoring drives but then punt, fumble, punt, punt, punt and turnover on downs before finally grabbing a late field goal. Patrick Mahomes was sacked four times and hit eight times; the Chiefs have some work to do on the offensive line.

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Stefon Diggs oddly says he never had a problem with Vikings

Much has been made over the last week of wide receiver Stefon Diggs’ happiness with the Minnesota Vikings, but he now says there’s no problem.

Diggs has been cryptic in his comments about his happiness with the team. On Sunday, however, he claimed that he wants to stay with the Vikings, and never had a problem with the team.

It’s worth noting that Diggs winked at the assembled media when answering the question.

The words are at odds with what he said during the week, when he suggested that there was something to the various trade rumors that surrounded him. The Vikings adopted a more pass-oriented attack against the New York Giants on Sunday, and perhaps that made Diggs happier, even if teammate Adam Thielen reaped the rewards statistically more than Diggs did. All the same, that wink is simply going to add fuel to the fire.

Regardless of where Diggs stands, it’s clear the Vikings have no plans to trade him. They will just have to look at ways to keep the standout received engaged on offense.

Report: Vikings will not trade Stefon Diggs despite extensive interest

The Minnesota Vikings were not happy with some of Stefon Diggs’ behavior this week, but that does not mean they are planning to trade the star wide receiver.

Diggs was fined by the Vikings for missing practice and team meetings during the week, but he is expected to play on Sunday against the New York Giants. While Diggs is frustrated with Minnesota’s offense, Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reports that he will not be traded despite teams calling the Vikings “like crazy.”

Diggs missed practice on Wednesday for non-injury reasons, though he claims he was feeling ill. He also confirmed to the media that he is unhappy and did not rule out wanting a trade, even saying there is “truth to all rumors.”

After he caught a career-high 102 passes on 149 targets in 2018, Diggs has just 13 receptions through four games this season. The Vikings have been more run-heavy this year under new offensive coordinator Kevin Stefanski, so Diggs undoubtedly wants the ball more.

Diggs seemingly hinted that he wanted to be traded to the New England Patriots with some of his Instagram activity earlier in the week, and this is apparently not the first time he has been openly frustrated with the Vikings. However, they signed him to a massive extension prior to last season and still believe he’s an important part of their future.