EAGAN — Stefon Diggs was present for the start of the Vikings’ mandatory minicamp on Tuesday at TCO Performance Center in Eagan after parachuting in and out of the team facility last month during organized team activities.
While the practices Diggs missed were voluntary by definition, his repeated absences were a little disconcerting, especially considering the Vikings are in the midst of installing a new scheme under offensive coordinator Kevin Stefanski.
Luckily for Diggs, he’s been around the block when it comes to learning new schemes. He’s already had four offensive coordinators — Norv Turner, Pat Shurmur, John DeFilippo and Stefanski — since being selected in the fifth round of the 2015 NFL Draft.
“Just being around for a while now has made it a little easier,” Diggs said. “It’s just new terminology and new language and stuff like that. We’ve run the same route a million times. Just because it has a new name doesn’t mean we can’t run it.”
LOTS OF RUN PLAYS
Led by Stefanski, with veteran coach Gary Kubiak also providing a major voice, the new scheme the Vikings have in place is run heavy by nature. It’s predicated on opening running lanes for Dalvin Cook out of the backfield, which, in theory, will provide Kirk Cousins with some opportunities to throw the ball downfield.
Asked if he likes the new scheme, Diggs juked the question, emphasizing that it doesn’t matter if he likes it or dislikes it.
“I’ve been in a lot of offenses, and I’ve never had any complaints,” Digg added. “Just whatever route gets called I’ll run.”
That’s something Diggs has proven more than capable of throughout his career as he’s managed to produce no matter who is calling the plays. He set career highs in catches (102), receiving yards (1,021) and touchdowns (9) last season, while skillfully navigating the shift between DeFilippo and Stefanski down the stretch.
Besides the new scheme, Diggs is also looking forward to the fact that the Vikings, at least for right now, are completely healthy heading into next season.
“We have rarely been 100 percent,” Diggs said. “Like, I’ve gotten hurt, or Dalvin has gotten hurt, or other guys have been banged up. We just have to stay healthy.”