Former Maryland Terrapin Stefon Diggs has been tremendous for the Minnesota Vikings on special teams so far in the 2015 preseason, including a 62-yard punt return and near-touchdown against Pittsburgh in his NFL debut.
But the Vikings depth chart is stacked at both returner spots, led by Cordarrelle Patterson, who returned a kick 107 yards for a score on Saturday night against Dallas, and Marcus Sherels fielding punts.
So Diggs has had to prove himself in a crowded wide receiver group to complement what he does on special teams and he had his best outing of the preseason in that regard against the Cowboys.
Diggs had three receptions for 49 yards on the night in a 28-14 Minnesota win.
Things didn't start out so smoothly, with a deep ball targeting Diggs being intercepted with 5:35 to play in the second quarter. Veteran QB Shaun Hill, another former Terp, lofted the ball up for Diggs down the right sideline and the rookie met cornerback Brandon Carr in the air.
Carr won the jump ball, though don't expect smaller, more slot-oriented Diggs to be in many of those jump balls situations over the course of the season.
His first catch of the game came in that second quarter, courtesy of Hill, when he broke to the outside on the near sideline, turning his defender around and making a nice catch before going out of bounds. It was a gain of 18 yards.
Former Old Dominion quarterback Taylor Heinicke then entered the game for Minnesota, the player with which Diggs has gotten most of his in-game preseason reps. Heinicke found Diggs for two completions, one of 11 yards on a curl and one of 20 yards down the deep middle of the field.
Diggs remained solid in the return game, taking one kickoff back 22 yards and three punts back for a total of 38 yards, including a long of 23.