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Stefon Diggs making strong impression early in Vikings camp

As off-season workouts break and the team moves into Training Camp, Diggs is looking to continue to impress his teammates and coaches.

Guess what -- Stefon Diggs is already making a name for himself in Minnesota.

Anyone who watched Stefon Diggs when he was healthy in College Park knows that this news comes as no surprise, as Diggs had as much potential as anyone to don a Terrapin jersey in recent memory. However the rookie chosen in the fifth round (146th overall) by the Minnesota Vikings in this year's draft has been showing to his new teammates just how much potential he truly has.

Diggs has shown off his quickness and athleticism since arriving in Minnesota and is eager to continue to show off his skills as the Vikings enter training camp.

"You don't want to be a guy that looks good in shorts and a shirt."

Diggs will get his chance to shine in pads and try to impress his teammates and coaches enough to earn a starting spot on the team. He certainly has his work cut out for him, especially looking at the Vikings depth chart at receiver. They just signed Mike Wallace in the off-season and already have Charles Johnson, Jarius Wright, and Cordarelle Patterson. However, as Maryland fans know, Diggs is a more than capable special teams player, something he has continued to work on so far in camp.

"I try to get as much extra stuff as I can. I’m spending a lot of time with the special teams coaches, as far as getting better not only with the punt return but also as a gunner and 50-plus. I feel like I’m getting better with guys like Marcus Sherels and Cordarrelle Patterson, guys that really do well on special teams. It’s great to learn from them."

Patterson has been inconsistent during his short time in the NFL, with head coach Mike Zimmer questioning his work ethic in the past, which could propel Diggs above him on the depth chart both as a receiver and as a returner. Zimmer had nothing but good things to say about Diggs, however.

"This guy’s got a chance to be really good. He runs great routes, he’s got excellent speed. He catches the ball as well as anybody I’ve seen, very, very easily and he’s been a model citizen, so that’s important. Pretty special for a young guy."

The Vikings begin their pre-season schedule on August 9th, the Hall of Fame Game in Canton, OH against the Steelers. Look for Diggs to continue to make a name for himself in pre-season action, as he will most likely see a lot of snaps.

For a quick OTA highlight video of Diggs as well as a short interview, check out the video at the top of the page.