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Tuesday, April 7, 2020

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Mike Zimmer considering benching Stefon Diggs against Giants?

Stefon Diggs has been the subject of trade rumors this week that he has perpetuated with both his social media activity and the comments he made to the media, and he may face disciplinary action as a result.

Diggs was not listed on the final injury report heading into Week 5 and is fully healthy, but Minnesota Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer is not willing to commit to him playing against the New York Giants on Sunday.

Diggs missed practice on Wednesday for non-injury reasons, though he claims he was feeling ill. It seems obvious that he is frustrated with Minnesota’s offensive approach this season, and he passed up an opportunity on Thursday to definitively say he does not want the Vikings to trade him. In fact, he said there is “truth to all rumors.”

Whether he’s benched or not, Diggs has been fined by the Vikings for missing practice and skipping meetings this week, according to Tom Pelissero of NFL Network. Pelissero notes that Diggs has also missed meetings in the past.

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.

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. It’s possible Zimmer has seen enough and wants to send the star receiver a message.

Report: Stefon Diggs has been frustrated with Vikings before

Stefon Diggs has essentially admitted to being frustrated with the Minnesota Vikings, and apparently that is nothing new.

Diggs was described as being frustrated during Minnesota’s Week 4 loss to Chicago. He hadn’t talked with the media for a few weeks either until Thursday, when he admitted there was some truth to rumors of him wanting a trade.

ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler tried to analyze the situation and said Thursday he’s been told the Vikings are hoping the situation blows over and that Diggs has been frustrated with the team before.

Though it’s unclear what exactly Diggs is upset about, it doesn’t take much to figure out what might be the problem. His targets are down significantly as the offense has shifted to a run-first focus rather than a passing one; he has just 13 catches through four games after catching a career-high 102 passes on 149 targets in 2018. Kirk Cousins has also played poorly all season.

This week, Diggs seemingly expressed interest in a trade to the Patriots.

Stefon Diggs on trade speculation: ‘There’s truth to all rumors’

Stefon Diggs was at practice with the Minnesota Vikings on Thursday after an unexplained absence the day before, and the star receiver basically confirmed that he is unhappy with his current situation.

Diggs told reporters he will not be talking about the trade speculation that has been building over the past several days, but he admitted there is “truth to all rumors.”

Diggs also said he missed practice on Wednesday because he was feeling ill, though he indicated all is not well between him and the Vikings.

Diggs stopped short of confirming he wants to be traded, but it’s clear he is not happy with the way things have gone offensively for the Vikings this year. Considering Minnesota’s offense has become much more run-oriented, that is not a surprise. Diggs has just 13 catches through four games after catching a career-high 102 passes on 149 targets in 2018.

Diggs helped fuel rumors that he might be traded to a specific team with his social media activity earlier in the week, but the Vikings are not entertaining offers at this time. While that could change going forward, Diggs said “I hope they let me play” when asked about his status for Sunday’s game against the New York Giants. It was also not that long ago that he signed a five-year, $72 million deal with Minnesota, so a trade seems unlikely.

Report: Vikings players wonder if Stefon Diggs wants to remain with team

The Minnesota Vikings may not be planning to trade Stefon Diggs, but that does not mean the star wide receiver is happy with his current situation.

Diggs missed practice on Wednesday but has not been listed on the injury report, which further fueled speculation that he is on the verge of being traded. However, there have been numerous reports that the Vikings have no intention of dealing him. Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reiterated that on Thursday, though he said some Vikings players are unsure if Diggs wants to remain with the team or not.

Minnesota’s offense has become more run-oriented this year, and Diggs has just 13 catches through four games after catching a career-high 102 passes on 149 targets in 2018. It seems like he is unhappy with his role on the team and could be trying to force a trade.

In addition to his unexplained absence from practice on Wednesday, Diggs also helped fuel rumors that he might be traded to the New England Patriots with some of his social media activity. However, he is signed through 2023 after he agreed to a five-year, $72 million deal with the Vikings last year. That contract may deter some teams.

Report: Vikings have no plans to trade Stefon Diggs

Rumors linking Stefon Diggs to the New England Patriots reached a fever pitch on Wednesday, but it certainly doesn’t appear that anything is in the pipeline.

According to Tom E. Curran of NBC Sports Boston, the Minnesota Vikings still like Diggs, and have no intention of trading him at this time.

The wide receiver only recently signed a five-year extension with Minnesota, and the Vikings think they can still make the playoffs. Trading a quality piece like Diggs wouldn’t make much sense given where their goals are right now.

Diggs sparked rumors based on his social media activity that suggested both frustration with Minnesota and a newfound interest in several New England players. He’s off to a slow start, having caught just 13 balls this year, and the Vikings are 2-2 with a floundering offense.

For now, it doesn’t seem that there’s any smoke here. This does not, however, explain why Diggs sat out Wednesday’s practice.

Stefon Diggs misses practice amid Patriots trade rumors

The Stefon Diggs trade rumors will only heat up after the wide receiver missed practice on Wednesday.

Diggs did not practice for the Minnesota Vikings on Wednesday for non-football reasons, the team said.

Diggs seems to be frustrated in Minnesota lately. He hasn’t spoken with the media in two weeks, according to The Athletic’s Chad Graff, and wasn’t happy during the team’s loss to the Chicago Bears.

Diggs is coming off a career-high 102 catches on 149 targets last season. He averaged 110 targets per season his first four years and is only on pace for 76 this year. The Vikings’ offense has shifted from being pass-oriented to focusing on the run, which has resulted in a smaller role for the 25-year-old receiver.

Diggs’ social media activity this week has led to some speculation that he could be a trade target for the New England Patriots, who cut Antonio Brown last week.

UPDATE: A followup report said the Vikings have no plans to trade Diggs

Stefon Diggs sparks Patriots trade rumor with social media activity

The New England Patriots may be interested in adding to their wide receiver corps after Antonio Brown lasted just 11 days with the team, and Stefon Diggs is one player who has been mentioned as a possible trade target. The Minnesota Vikings star has perpetuated some of that talk.

With rumors swirling that Diggs is unhappy in Minnesota’s sputtering offense and would like to be traded, the speedster has followed several of the Patriots’ core offensive players — including Tom Brady, Julian Edelman and James White — on Instagram.

Diggs also sent a cryptic tweet on Monday night that further sent fans into a frenzy.

Diggs has just 13 catches through four games after he caught 102 balls in his first season with Kirk Cousins last year. The Vikings have struggled offensively and rank 24th in the NFL in yards per game and 18th in scoring despite having numerous playmakers. It would not be a surprise if Diggs is open to a trade, but the five-year, $72 million contract he signed with the Vikings runs through 2023. New England or any team would probably be hesitant to give up a high draft pick in addition to taking on that kind of money.

The Patriots are always looking for ways to boost their roster, and Brady didn’t sound thrilled with the latest big move they made. If the price is right and they can make the money work, they might exploring trading for Diggs.