After missing practice Wednesday due to “non-injury reasons” and some cryptic social media posts, trade rumors began to swirl about Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Stefon Diggs.
On Thursday, the former Terp spoke to the media for the first time in over two weeks and left an awkward feeling by saying; “There’s truth to all rumors. I won’t be speaking on that at all.”
Coming into the day, Ian Rapoport reported that there were questions around the organization and the team about his desire to be there, but that he wasn’t openly available on the trade market.
So far this season, Diggs has been under-utilized in a struggling Vikings offense led by quarterback Kirk Cousins. He has only been targeted 19 times in the first four games, though he’s made good on those chances with 13 catches, 209 yards and a touchdown. At this point last season, he had been targeted 44 times.
Minnesota’s passing offense has the second-worst yardage in the NFL, only ahead of the New York Jets, and the team has the fewest pass attempts in the whole league — despite having two star receivers.
“I can’t sit up here and act like everything is okay,” Diggs told media. “It’s obviously not. But what I can say at this point, just trying to work through it.”
Diggs signed a five-year, $72 million deal with the Vikings last July after a strong start to his career alongside hometown star Adam Thielen. In 2018, he boasted the best season of his pro career, hauling in 102 catches for 1,021 yards and nine touchdowns, all career highs.
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Maryland women’s soccer was shut out 1-0 by Ohio State in Columbus, Ohio.
Lila, Jordan and Matt discuss these rumors in further depth and debate over where Diggs could land in this week’s Terps in the Pros Podcast, while also recapping Week 4 of the NFL and the WNBA Finals.
Maryland football is back on the road this weekend, so I took a look at what to expect from a Rutgers team that is facing its own challenges.
Though hours after that article was published, some big changes came at the quarterback position for the Scarlet Knights.
With Rutgers QB Art Sitkowski asking to take a redshirt season, redshirt freshman Johnny Langan will start against Maryland.— Lila Bromberg (@lilabbromberg) October 4, 2019
He only has one passing completion in his career, though he and interim head coach Nunzio Campanile won a national championship together in high school.
Maryland men’s basketball had Mark Turgeon, Anthony Cowan and Darryl Morsell in Rosemont, Ill. for Big Ten Media Day. Here is a look at the best of all Terps-related content.
Maryland field hockey came away with another late win, this time taking down No. 5 Northwestern on the road in double overtime, 2-1.
The Maryland basketball profiles continued with Baltimore-native Jalen Smith.
"I want everyone to know I put my body on the line for my team every night."@JalenSmith2000 is #DMVMade. pic.twitter.com/I9v9GuCIvf— Maryland Basketball (@TerrapinHoops) October 3, 2019
The Terplanta Hawks are in full swing for training camp. Here’s what Kevin Huerter, Bruno Fernando and Alex Len were up to on Thursday:
Fernando has been improving on his shooting from behind the arc.
Bruno Fernando shooting threes pic.twitter.com/FzUlJnSOgJ— Kevin Chouinard (@KLChouinard) October 3, 2019
From what I saw today, Bruno has made a lot of progress in 16 months. https://t.co/fBTkFLqXBb— Kevin Chouinard (@KLChouinard) October 3, 2019
Looks like Huerter put on some muscle mass during the offseason. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution talked with him about his goals for the season. He is expected to play in the preseason, despite some injury concerns.
fellas clean up nicely.#TrueToAtlanta pic.twitter.com/wh9ir31sjl— Atlanta Hawks (@ATLHawks) October 3, 2019
Maryland women’s basketball head coach Brenda Freese was voted one of The Most Powerful Women in Washington by the Washingtonian earlier this week.
Maryland men’s soccer posted some highlights from its win over Rutgers on Wednesday night.
The boys stood tall at Ludwig Wednesday night— Maryland Soccer (@MarylandMSoccer) October 3, 2019
The #Excellence pic.twitter.com/VXmYmExNX4
Maryland women’s lacrosse took to the soccer pitch for some fun as fall practice gets underway.
On the pitch! ⚽️ #TerpOlympics pic.twitter.com/fGopwKTrxW— Maryland Women's Lacrosse (@MarylandWLax) October 3, 2019
Two former Terps are enjoying some playoff success in MLB.
Adam Kolarek and Brandon Lowe are 2-0 in the postseason— Jordanthan Villar, Cycle Haver (@NaturallyKatz) October 4, 2019
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