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Diggs Focused on Consistent Play at a 'High Level'

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. — Stefon Diggs was just one of nine players to break the 100-yard mark in receiving yards during the first 14 of Week 1's slate of 16 games. 

But don't think the Vikings wide receiver is satisfied after catching seven passes for 103 yards in a 25-16 win over Tennessee on Sunday.

"It makes me want to work a little harder," Diggs said Monday. "You limit yourself to whatever (amount of yards) I had, and that's what you're going to be working toward. It was good to break the ice and get back out there.

"I don't have too many expectations are far as numbers or anything like that," he added. "I'm just trying to play at a high level each and every play."

Diggs led the Vikings in catches (52) and yards (720) during his rookie season while being named to the Pro Football Writers Association All-Rookie Team. 

But the 22-year-old, who was a fifth-round pick in 2015, said he demanded better of himself going forward. Diggs added he's bringing a different attitude to the field this year.

"I've got more knowledge of the game," Diggs said. "I've been around a year now. I can't make any of the same mistakes and I won't make any of the same mistakes that I made twice last year.

"Just knowing the game more, having a feel for the game and how you prepare … going into a game and knowing that adversity is going to hit," he added. "Those are types of things that you can't control. You have to roll with the punches and when it's time to make a play, make a play."

Vikings Head Coach Mike Zimmer said he appreciates Diggs' workmanlike attitude, saying he's tough after the catch and doesn't mind going after defenders and not shying away from contact. 

"It's important that we all see the things that we could have done better. That's the way we can improve," Zimmer said. "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.

"Everybody could have done better, but I think that kind of shows the drive that he has and the way he works," he added.

The third 100-yard game of Diggs' young career came with 36-year-old Shaun Hill at quarterback for the Vikings.

Zimmer said Monday that he hasn't decided between Hill and Sam Bradford on who will start Sunday against Green Bay.

Diggs said he'll continue to do his job and produce no matter who's at the helm of Minnesota's offense. 

"It doesn't really matter who's back there," Diggs said. "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.

"I don't play quarterback and I don't know every little thing, but they have to trust me," he added. "I have to make the plays that they throw to me. That's point blank. Period."

Zimmer keeping quarterback decision 'close to the vest'

The Vikings starting quarterback for Sunday's game against Green Bay is undetermined.

Zimmer said Monday he hasn't made a decision on who will start between Hill or Bradford. Hill started against Tennessee and completed 18 of 33 passes for 236 yards and no interceptions.

Zimmer joked he's keeping the local media in mind by not tipping his hand.

"I just figured it'd be good sports talk radio," Zimmer quipped. "I don't know. I just don't think it's good for —  I think it's good for my team to know, if we continue to go forward, and I haven't decided yet.

"So, we'll figure all that stuff out, but Green Bay is an awfully good team," he added. "Everybody is picking them to go to the Super Bowl. We're just trying to be in the fight, and I'll try to keep my cards close to the vest."

Griffen ready for challenge of Rodgers

Vikings defensive end Everson Griffen has gone up against Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers 11 times in the regular season and one time in the playoffs during his NFL career.

Griffen said Monday that although Rodgers' mobility presents a problem for defenses, linemen and linebackers can't just stand around and make sure Rodgers doesn't scramble away.

"We're going to rush," Griffen said. "We're going to rush him smart … I'm not going to give you all too much but we're going to rush.

"Whatever game plan (the coaches) have for us, we're going to go out and execute," he added.

Griffen has eight career sacks against Rodgers, but also has plenty of respect for him, too. Griffen said Monday that Rodgers' skill set is unlike many quarterbacks in the league.

"He can get the ball out of his hands at any angle," Griffen said. "When he's getting hit, he'll look for guys.

"When he gets out of the pocket, he likes to throw it deep. He's got Jordy Nelson back, and that was his deep threat," he added. "There are a lot of athletes there so what we have to do is keep the basics — cover, rush them well, make the tackles and have contested throws and have PBUs, knock down the ball and get interceptions."

Trae with 12

Vikings coaches reviewed the film from Sunday's game and tallied 12 total tackles, including 11 solo, Trae Waynes, who also led Minnesota with two pass break ups. Harrison Smith had nine tackles, and Linval Joseph added eight, including a sack.

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