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Stefon Diggs Recaps Rookie Campaign, Looks Ahead

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. — After a strong rookie season, it would have been easy for Stefon Diggs to rattle off his accomplishments.

But the Vikings wide receiver isn't satisfied. And he's not about to start boasting now.

"I'm just scratching the surface," Diggs said earlier this week from the team's Winter Park headquarters. "I'm still young and got a lot of time to grow."

A 2015 fifth-round pick out of Maryland, Diggs turned in one of the most impressive rookie seasons in franchise history.

He led the Vikings in catches (52) and yards (720) and finished second on the team with four touchdown catches.

After being inactive for the first three games of the season, Diggs hauled in six catches for 87 yards his NFL debut against Denver on Oct. 4.

View images from 'move out day' as players said their goodbyes and cleared out their lockers at Winter Park.

Diggs then became the first Vikings rookie since Randy Moss to record back-to-back 100-yard games with performances against Kansas City and Detroit.

Diggs, whose 720 receiving yards were second in the NFL among rookies, said he took away plenty of lessons from his first season.

"I learned some stuff on the field that I'm going to work on when I'm gone," Diggs said. "When I come back, you'll see the progress."

As one of a handful of rookies who made an impact, Diggs said he's looking for even bigger things in 2016.

"We have lots of guys who can play," said Diggs, who earned Pepsi Rookie of the Week honors for his Week 6 performance against the Chiefs. "As you saw all year, lots of young guys stepped up and played at a high level. I respect the guys and appreciate them. We're going to get on our grind in the offseason and be better next year."

As he enters his first offseason, Diggs said he'll have plenty of advice for the rookies who come in next season.

"Just handle your business accordingly," he said. "Each day is a workday and approach it that way.

"Handle things the right way whether it's on the field, off the field, how you conduct yourself in the building."

Diggs said he plans on taking classes at Maryland, where he majored in American studies before declaring for the draft after his junior season. He also is going to dabble in piano lessons.

But he'll mainly work toward helping the Vikings secure another NFC North title and playoff berth.

Diggs said it'll take a while to get the bad taste of Sunday's Wild Card loss out of his mouth.

"You don't know when you're going to get this opportunity back. It doesn't just happen every year," he said. "We're going to take it one step at a time and come back with even more intensity than we had this past year. We need to make this a regular occurrence."

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