Stefon Diggs is obviously a man of high culture.
The Minnesota Vikings star showed up to Sunday’s preseason game against Seattle rocking an incredible pair of “Toy Story 4”-themed cleats. The multi-colored kicks featured beloved new character Forky. Take a look:
Not trash. pic.twitter.com/FXF3Wc6gDd
— Minnesota Vikings (@Vikings) August 18, 2019
Diggs, who posted 1,021 yards receiving and nine touchdowns last season (both career-highs), only played sparingly on Sunday (as is tradition for the preseason). But the cleats still made for an impressive cameo nevertheless.
The 25-year-old wideout has been known to make statements with his cleats, but given that he was born two years before the first “Toy Story” film came out in 1995, this may be his nicest touch yet.
Stefon Diggs is not being traded to the Washington Redskins.
The brother of the Minnesota Vikings wide receiver posted a Photoshopped image of Diggs in a Redskins uniform on Saturday, sparking a flurry of Twitter rumors.
Stefon Diggs’ brother posted this to his Instagram today. pic.twitter.com/R6JSTAfj0A
— Redskinstoday (@redskinstoday_) March 16, 2019
A source, however, refuted any talk of Diggs moving to Washington in rather blunt fashion.
Despite Stefon Diggs trending on Twitter and his brother posting a picture of him in a Redskins’ uniform, he has not and is not being traded to Washington. “F—- no,” said one source.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 16, 2019
There was certainly no talk of Diggs being on the block, so plenty were confused by the original post. The wide receiver is staying with Minnesota, and there’s no reason to think that’s going to change.
Stefon Diggs is one of the most dynamic young playmakers in the NFL, and the Minnesota Vikings plan to keep the star wide receiver around for quite some time.
According to multiple reports, Diggs and the Vikings have agreed to a five-year contract extension that will keep him with the team through the 2023 season.
— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) July 31, 2018
Vikings are signing WR Stefom Diggs to a five-year extension that ties him to Minnesota for the next six seasons, per source.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) July 31, 2018
Diggs, 24, caught 64 passes for 849 yards and eight touchdowns last season. He also made the miracle play (watch it here) that resulted in the Vikings defeating the New Orleans Saints in the divisional round of the playoffs.
With Kirk Cousins under contract for three more seasons and weapons like Diggs and Adam Thielen to throw to, the Vikings should be a force offensively.
Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Stefon Diggs is one of the NFL’s rising stars, and he wants to continue his growth right where he is.
Diggs, who is entering the final year of his rookie deal, said he would like to stay in Minnesota, but nothing is done at the moment.
“I want to be here. I love being here,” Diggs said, via Ben Goessling of the Star-Tribune. “I love being a part of this organization. They took a chance on me early. I love it here, as far as where we’re at. You’ve got to take it up with the right people. I haven’t spent too much time with it.”
Judging by the deals being handed out to wide receivers, the 24-year-old likely will not come cheap. Everyone would like to get something done, but we don’t know how active discussions are or how far apart the two sides actually are.
The NFL has no shortage of quality wide receivers. Whether they use their size and strength to get the job done or their speed and agility — or both — you can turn on virtually any game on Sunday and see great talent at the wide receiver position.
But who are the best? Here are ten players who should be considered the top receivers in the National Football League.
10) Davante Adams, Packers
Aaron Rodgers’ return should do wonders for Adams, who was very successful even without him last season. Despite missing two games and his starting quarterback, Adams caught 10 touchdowns and came close to his first 1,000-yard season. If he and Rodgers both stay healthy, the duo should be in store for a huge season, especially now that Jordy Nelson has departed Green Bay.
The Minnesota Vikings have a new quarterback, and their wide receivers are hard at work getting on the same page with him as quickly as possible.
Vikings receivers Adam Thielen and Stefon Diggs went to Atlanta in April to work out with Kirk Cousins, newly-signed as the Vikings’ quarterback. Thielen said it was great for the pair to get to work and learn about Cousins’ tendencies.
“It was awesome. I think the biggest part of that was to get to know him on a personal level and just try to get that first initiation of how he likes guys to run routes and what he feels comfortable doing, and then just try to get on the same page,” Thielen said, via Sid Hartman of the Star Tribune. “I think it was a really good start for Diggs and I to get a jumpstart on that.”
Thielen came away with a good impression of his new quarterback.
“For sure, he’s a pretty easy guy to be around and that makes it easy on us receivers,” Thielen said. “I think he gets along with everybody and it’s nice to have that, especially in that room when you need to have that room as a leader.”
Cousins got a big guaranteed payday when he signed with the Vikings, so this really needs to work out from the team’s standpoint. It’s encouraging that he’s already hard at work with his top two receivers.
The conference championships are set, with four worthy teams set to battle it out for a chance to compete in the Super Bowl in Minneapolis. The first eight games of the postseason have been a wild ride filled with upsets and surprises, as well as some great plays and controversies.
Here are 12 standouts and disappointments from the first eight playoff games.
1) Standout: Blake Bortles, QB, Jaguars
Admit it: You also thought Bortles was ultimately going to end up being the weak link that cost the Jacksonville Jaguars a chance to win in the playoffs. You thought it, I thought it, other teams thought it — pretty much everyone thought it. And yes, Bortles was ineffective against the Buffalo Bills, and the Jaguars had to lean on their defense to advance in that game. Against the Pittsburgh Steelers, though, Bortles played his part and then some. He threw for 214 yards, rushed for 35, and did not turn the ball over. not turning the ball over once. Is Bortles ever going to be an elite quarterback? No. But if he can make smart decisions and limit the mistakes, he can win, as he proved in Pittsburgh.