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Adam Thielen impresses Vikings, Rick Spielman

Posted by: Master Tesfatsion Updated: June 20, 2014 - 10:11 AM

Wide receiver Adam Thielen has had an impressive offseason so far, to the point where it’s drawn Vikings general manager Rick Spielman’s attention.

“Adam is kind of really stuck out,” Spielman said on KFAN Thursday when asked to name someone that’s progressed from last year.

The Detroit Lakes High product has been consistent up to this point with an opportunity to crack the 53-man roster as the fifth wide receiver behind Cordarelle Patterson, Greg Jennings, Jarius Wright and Jerome Simpson.

Thielen remained on the practice squad as a rookie last year after participating as a tryout during rookie minicamp. He hasn’t played in a game since his days at Minnesota State-Manakto, the annual site of Vikings training camp.

“It’s different not suiting up,” Thielen said. “It’s been a while since I’ve played in a game, but it was good. It was good to learn the game and learn the NFL way, go against a quality defense. Every day to see that speed was good and helping my transition.”

Thielen has been in a good rhythm specifically with quarterback Teddy Bridgewater since rookie minicamp. The chemistry continued throughout OTAs and mandatory minicamp with both receiving second team reps.

“Teddy is a leader, and he wants to win,” Thielen said. “He wants to play. I think that attributes to the whole quarterback room. It makes it easier on us, and it makes it easier to have a relationship with guys that want to win.”

The Vikings are off until July 24 when they report for training camp. Thielen doesn’t plan on taking time off. He said he’ll continue to train every day over the next month with the hope of cracking the roster for the first time.

“I’m going to give it my all to make sure it happens,” Thielen said.

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