Justin Jefferson and Adam Thielen give the Vikings a terrific starting duo at wide receiver, but Thielen’s injury highlights the team’s need for more depth.
The Vikings sport one of the best starting wide receiving corps in the entire NFL when Justin Jefferson and Adam Thielen are both healthy. Things fall off quickly behind that pair of Pro Bowlers though. Thielen’s recent thigh injury isn’t thought to be serious, but it does highlight Minnesota’s need to build more depth in the receiver room.
According to Pro Football Talk, Thielen’s thigh injury isn’t thought to be “serious.” That means Thielen should comfortably be ready to start for Minnesota’s offense when Week 1 arrives. That doesn’t mean the team’s roster construction at the wide receiver position is good enough.
The easy solution for Minnesota is to sign a veteran free agent to provide quality depth before the preseason chugs along any further. Vikings fans should keep a close eye on these three quality wideouts.
3. Danny Amendola
Amendola isn’t going to help the Vikings wide receivers on the outside, but he can emerge as a quality option for Minnesota’s offense in the slot. His stock isn’t very high at the age of 36 after a tough couple of seasons in Detroit.
Minnesota would be smart to swoop in and pick him up on a one-year, incentive-laden deal. At the very least, he should be able to give the Vikings a quality veteran they can count on when they’re forced to go to three or four wide receiver sets. He could provide Kirk Cousins with a particularly nice safety blanket to work with on third down. Amendola doesn’t have a lot of upside as a player at this stage in his career but his solid history of professionalism gives him a high floor that can benefit the Vikings.