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Stefon Diggs Wants More from Himself in 2nd Vikings Season

MANKATO, Minn. —Stefon Diggs seemingly came out of nowhere as a rookie last season, leading the Vikings in catches (52) and yards (720) to be named to the Pro Football Writers All-Rookie Team.

Asked Sunday for his thoughts on his first season in the pros, Diggs made it crystal clear that he has higher goals for himself.

"As far as my rookie season, I don't want to talk about it," Diggs said. "I was disappointed in myself.

"Everything in the past is in the past, and I look forward to this new year," he added. "I knew I was better than that. Moving forward, I want to do a lot better."

Diggs was inactive for the first three games of the season before bursting onto the scene in Denver. His four receiving touchdowns on the season ended up being second on the team.

And even though he's lined up with the first-team offense for all of offseason practices and training camp, the fifth-round pick is still playing with a chip on his shoulder.

"I'm still one of the guys trying to prove myself no matter what," Diggs said. "I'm trying to treat it the same way I treated it last year, just crank it up a notch.

"Going into your second year, there should be a lot of growth and maturity," he added. "I'm trying to prove myself each and every day, not only to myself but to my guys."

Diggs noted that going against cornerbacks such as Xavier Rhodes and Terence Newman isn't exactly new to him, as he did it last year while on the scout team.

But the 22-year-old did say that he's picked up little things along the way that he hopes make him a better player going into his second season.

"When you're a rookie, you haven't even played a game yet so you don't know what it's like," Diggs said. "Now I know what it's like to be out there.

"With practice you have to prepare the right way and do what coached to do so you can do things right on Sunday," he added.

Diggs did plenty of good things on Sundays last season as he formed a bond with quarterback Teddy Bridgewater.

The second-year wide out said Bridgewater looks strong in camp and has good touch on his deep passes.

"I thought he was good last year," Diggs said. "I've seen a lot of maturity and I follow him. He's my guy, and I support him no matter what."

Diggs, who can be easily spotted on the field by his noticeably short shorts, reiterated that he has plenty to prove in 2016. 

It starts with the work he's putting in right now at camp.

"(I have) no expectations," Diggs said. "I'm going in with the right mindset and I'm going to let my work speak for itself.

"I'm not going to shoot high or shoot low," he added. "I'm going to put on film what I put on film. That's going to be my work."

Meeting, meetings and more meetings

Rookie linebacker Kentrell Brothers has likely gotten used to taking down plenty of notes at training camp. 

Brothers said Sunday that one of his biggest adjustments to life in the NFL is the amount of meetings there are. The fifth-round pick said that wasn't the case at the University of Missouri.

"Probably all the meetings," Brothers said when asked to describe the most noticeable change. "Usually I'm going from class to meetings and then practice but now it's meetings, meetings, practice and then meetings."

Brothers joined a linebackers group that included plenty of established names such as Anthony Barr, Eric Kendricks and Chad Greenway.

The nation's leading collegiate tackler in 2015 has been welcomed with open arms.

"I feel great," Brothers said. "Thankfully I've got all these older guys who aren't worried about taking time out to help the young guys.

"With their help, I think things are going a lot better," he added.

As a result, the rookie said he's focused on making his mark in a different area.

"I think special teams will be my calling for sure, definitely in the beginning," Brothers said. "At Mizzou, I loved doing special teams.

"Special teams here are a little different, but I think we're one of the top returning teams in the (league)," he added. "Everything has been good. (Special Teams Coordinator Mike Priefer) has got me on every special teams so far, and I've been getting it down."

Back together again

Defensive tackle Claudell Louis is the newest member of the Vikings, but there's a familiar face that been putting him at ease.

Louis and linebacker Emmanuel Lamur grew up together in Florida and the two even trained together this spring when Louis was training after his career at Fresno State.

"When I was training up for my Pro Day, [Emmanuel and I] always talked about how awesome it would be if we ended up on the same team," Louis said. "A great guy, just somebody I look up to.

"He's a veteran, and I'm a rookie coming in, so I'm looking up to him so he can take me under his wing and show me the ropes on how to make it in the NFL," he added. "I was so excited when I found out [we would be on the same team]. I was lost for words, and I had to tell my parents, who were excited, too."

Lots and lots of purple

Attendance at Sunday's morning walk-through session and afternoon practice in full pads drew a capacity crowd of 7,802 fans.

Vikings officials said that's a record at Minnesota State University, Mankato for a non-Saturday night practice.

Play of the day

Vikings nickel cornerback Captain Munnerlyn pulled off the play of the day when he battled wide receiver Charles Johnson down the right sideline in a one-on-one drill.

Munnerlyn went step for step with Johnson before reaching his hand up and tipping the ball into the air. The ball bounced four times before Munnerlyn grabbed it.

Munnerlyn had a pair of picks in 2015, tying for the second-most on the team.

Quotable

"I truly believe a few things you get to pick every day in your life are: attitude, effort and enthusiasm. I live by that every day. It's the simple things that take no talent. I just try to get out of bed and be the best I can be. Sometimes that's not good enough, but the reality is just do that more of the days [than you don't] and you'll be in good shape." — Vikings linebacker Chad Greenway on his daily mindset entering his 11th season with the Vikings.

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