NBC Sports NFL Insider Peter King laid out earlier this week why the New England Patriots would be wise to target Stefon Diggs ahead of the NFL trade deadline.
But that assumes the Minnesota Vikings are open to trading Diggs. And after doing a little, well, digging, King found that assumption may not be true.
"I did some reporting on the Vikings on Sunday night after they beat the Giants, and I was told it is highly unlikely that he will be traded," King said Thursday on WEEI's "Dale & Keefe" radio show. "They don’t think he wants to be traded."
Diggs fueled trade speculation last week by skipping multiple meetings and practices. But King told "Dale & Keefe" the wide receiver's actions weren't necessarily a trade demand, à la Jalen Ramsey in Jacksonville.
"He’s a really emotional guy, and I don’t know what it was to set him off last week, but I don’t think it was a demand to be traded," King said.
" ... I was told pretty solidly that as of right now he doesn’t want to be traded and the Vikings have no intention of trading him."
The NFL trade deadline is just over two weeks away, and if the 3-2 Vikings win at least one of their next two games, it's hard to see them dealing their star wideout before Oct. 29.
As Patriots fans can attest, the trade deadline can be full of surprises, and Minnesota could change its tune. But right now, the Patriots likely will need to look elsewhere for wide receiver help.
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Sony Michel and James White both enjoyed standout performances Thursday night vs the Colts, and Peter King took notice of the Patriots' dynamic running back duo.
King has Michel and White pegged as his Offensive Players of the Week, along with Adam Thielen (WR, Vikings) and Isaiah Crowell (RB, Jets).
In the Patriots’ 1-2 start, Michel and White, combined, averaged 17 touches from scrimmage per game for just 72 yards. (Michel did not play in the first game of the season.) Scoring at a typical Patriots pace in the last two wins (38 against Indy on Thursday night, 38 against Miami the previous Sunday), Michel and White proved how invaluable a balanced offense can be for New England. The two backs, combined, averaged 36 touches from scrimmage per game for 206 yards. In the two decisive victories, Michel’s 210 rushing yards, plus White’s 145 chains-moving receiving yards, promise to be a good road map for the New England offense the rest of the way.
Michel and White passed the test for NBC Sports Boston's own Phil Perry as well, earning an A- on this week's report card.
Yes, the Patriots are light at wide receiver. Yes, it makes sense they'd be on the lookout for help, especially for the first four weeks when Julian Edelman is serving his four-game PED suspension.
Well, how would Demaryius Thomas strike you?
At least one person -- Pro Football Talk's Mike Florio -- thinks there's a chance the five-time Pro Bowl wideout winds up in Foxboro:
"Here's a name to keep an eye on," Florio told NBC Sports colleague Peter King today. "Now there may be nothing to this whatsoever, but I've detected just a weird sense coming out of Denver as it relates to Demaryius Thomas. He's a guy that was drafted by [Patriots offensive coordinator] Josh McDaniels (when McDaniels was the Broncos' head coach), he's a guy who ultimately could be available, $8 1/2 million (in salary for 2018). We've seen [Broncos executive vice-president and general manager] John Elway do this, where he'll squeeze a guy very, very late, maybe try to trade him, and if that all else fails, out he goes like T.J. Ward last year.
"But with the young receivers there, Courtland Sutton for example, if these guys can develop and Elway looks at it and says, '8 1/2 million, that's too much to pay,' it would not shock me if a guy like Thomas ends up joining [New England's] depth chart. [It's] late in the game, but still in time to make an impact with the Patriots."
King doesn't necessarily agree -- he doesn't see Thomas leaving Denver before the start of the season -- but he admits: "Nothing will shock me with John Elway at all."
So stay tuned.