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Competitor in Diggs Impressing Vikings Zimmer, Turner

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. — Gamer. Baller. Competitor.

Vikings Head Coach Mike Zimmer and Offensive Coordinator Norv Turner might like the third descriptor for Stefon Diggs the best.

The second-year pro led the Vikings in catches (seven) and receiving yards (103) on Sunday in a 25-16 win. Diggs showed speed and quickness as a rookie to create separation from defenders during his rookie season and finished with team highs of 52 catches and 720 yards.

He showed another element, the ability to make contested catches, against solid coverage by Titans defenders multiple times last week in his third career game with 100 or more yards out of 14 appearances.

"Stefon (Diggs) is a great competitor, number one," Zimmer said after the game. "He catches the ball well, he gets open, he does a lot of the dirty work, we ask of him to block and do a lot of different things, but I thought he played well. He made some very good catches."

Asked a follow-up Monday about Diggs after watching the game film, Zimmer said, "He's tough. He's tough after the catch. He's hard to get down."

"He'll get in there, and like – I believe it was the first catch he had – he caught the ball over the middle," Zimmer said. "The linebacker was on him, he shook him, and he's going to get hit pretty good there. He thinks he's a pretty tough guy, so he's going to try to run through a couple more guys if he can."

Diggs said those numbers make him "**want to work a little harder**" and play at a high level on every play.

That will be just fine with Zimmer.

"I like that he wants to be great, so I'm sure there are things that he could have done better, like I could have done better," Zimmer said. "Everybody could have done better, but I think that kind of shows the drive that he has and the way he works.

Turner said Diggs has worked hard this offseason at doing more things from more positions in the offense.

"He caught a lot of different type of routes, and I think he has worked real hard to expand what he does real well," Turner said. "He's a real sudden – when you see him, it jumps out at you – he's a real sudden receiver that has got excellent change of direction, and he has gotten a lot better competing for the ball and going up and making those contested catches, like the one he did on their sideline early in the game."

Turner said coaches worked this offseason on finding a way to give Diggs the opportunity to do certain types of things, and "he has handled them well."

In addition to being Shaun Hill's most frequent target in Sunday's game, Diggs also had another quarterback's eyes on him. Sam Bradford, who joined the Vikings via a trade on Sept. 3, watched from the sidelines.

"He's really explosive. Not only does he have good feet, he has good quickness," Bradford said. "He went up and made some really nice contested catches the other day, which was nice to see from him."

Zimmer has not announced whether the Vikings will start Hill or Bradford on Sunday in Minnesota's home opener against Green Bay on Sunday Night Football.

Diggs said he's focused on his job, regardless of who is at quarterback.

"You have to do your job, all I can focus on is catching the ball. I can't throw the ball and I trust that the guy out there is going to do what they have to do to take the right step," Diggs said. "I don't play quarterback and I don't know every little thing but they have to trust me. I have to make the plays that they throw to me.

"As far as having guys back there like Shaun or Sam, I'm going to give them as many reps as they want as far as staying after practice, pre-practice, or however they want to do it," Diggs added. "Whoever is back there, I have 100 percent faith that if they throw it my way, I'm going to do what I've got to do."

Walsh confident after Week 1

Blair Walsh had an up-an-down season opener, but the Vikings kicker isn't lacking confidence heading into Sunday's game against Green Bay.

Walsh missed a pair of first-half field goals (37 and 56 yards) and a third-quarter extra point (33 yards).

"Obviously, it's unacceptable to miss those two field goals in the beginning of the game. And you have to clean up the extra point thing," Walsh said. "But it's Game 1 of the year, I'll progress and get better. I thought there was enough stuff to draw upon to give me confidence going into this weekend."

He made four field goals (50, 33, 45 and 30) and an extra point in the second half against Tennessee, tying for the most field goals in Week 1 in the NFL.

Walsh said the string of successful field goals lifted his spirits.

"Heck, when you have four field goals that you make in a game, obviously you did something right," Walsh said.

"If you go 0-for-2 and don't have any more attempts, that's definitely a rougher week on you. Having four more attempts and making them all, especially one from 50 (yards), that definitely helps," he later added.

Walsh said he's looking forward to kicking inside U.S. Bank Stadium and doesn't have a preference if the pivoting glass doors are open or not.

"The last two years was a challenge outside, and I felt like we got used to it," Walsh said. "I feel like it'll be weird waking up not caring what the weather is on Sunday and going and doing your thing."

Walsh led the NFL with 34 field goals last season. He has made 13 straight field goals against the Packers.

Hey, Teddy

Teddy Bridgewater stopped by Winter Park on Thursday and left during the portion of practice that is open to the media.

Beat writers asked Zimmer how the quarterback is doing in his recovery from surgery on his knee last week. Zimmer said he stopped in the training room to say hi to Bridgewater before practice.

"He was good, laughing and joking around," Zimmer said.

View images from the Thursday, Sept. 15 practice at Winter Park.

Injury reports

For the Vikings: Sharrif Floyd (knee), Xavier Rhodes (knee), MyCole Pruitt (knee) and Matt Kalil (hip) did not participate. Nick Easton (ankle) was limited. Jerick McKinnon (foot/lower leg), Eric Kendricks (ankle), Kyle Rudolph (knee), Adrian Peterson (ankle), Charles Johnson (quadriceps) and Rhett Ellison (knee) fully participated.

For the Packers: Chris Banjo (hamstring), Jayrone Elliott (hamstring), Josh Hawkins (hamstring) and Sam Shields (concussion) did not participate for a second straight day. Trevor Davis and Jeff Janis (hand) fully participated.

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