We got the first glimpse over the weekend of former Maryland wide receiver Stefon Diggs in unfamiliar colors -- Vikings purple -- as the rookie began his first minicamp with Minnesota after being selected by the team in the fifth round of this year’s NFL Draft.
Minicamp is typically a preliminary run-through, acclimating draft picks and undrafted free agents to the system. Diggs says he’s catching on.
“It’s kind of similar to the offense I came from, so as far as what’s going on right now,” he said. “The stuff that I’m learning I’m kind of a little ahead of the game because the system is similar.”
Diggs will be paired in Minnesota with offensive coordinator Norv Turner, in his second year with the team, and quarterback Teddy Bridgewater, also in his second season.
He likely projects as a slot receiver who will do best when he gets the ball in his hands in space, as he showed during his time at Maryland.
“Right now it’s just a lot of fundamental stuff, doing everything you can to just get better at this point,” Diggs said.
Diggs signed a four-year, non-guaranteed deal with the team last week as a dual-threat receiver and special teamer. Minnesota appears to be a solid landing spot for him, with Bridgewater showing flashes of being a solid NFL QB during his rookie year plus the benefit of learning behind one of the NFL's better special teams players, Cordarrelle Patterson.
“It’s not that big of a change," he went on to say. "Coaches coach similar, I would say, but not a big change, but just trying to like do it [Turner’s] way.”