MANKATO, Minn. — "Simple" plays can be just as important as spectacular ones.
Stefon Diggs delivered the most dramatic catch of 2016 Verizon Vikings Training Camp earlier this week when he plucked a throw from Teddy Bridgewater from the sky with just his right hand for a touchdown.
On Friday, the second-year pro had a pair of nice receptions that were a little more routine, but led to chunks of yardage gained. It's worth noting that both catches were quality, driving throws by Teddy Bridgewater.
Diggs, who worked out with the third-year quarterback during the offseason, said the duo is "just trying to make it happen, spending a lot of time together, starting to put things together."
"One stepping stone closer to where we want to be," Diggs said.
Diggs, a fifth-round pick in 2015, did a considerable amount of work last camp with Shaun Hill quarterbacking the second team. He quickly flourished last fall, leading the Vikings in receptions (52) and yards (720) while adding four receiving touchdowns.
He said his approach, however this year, isn't as a fifth-round pick or a starter.
"This year, I want to approach it as if I was undrafted," Diggs said. "I've got a lot of work to do and a lot to prove still. Just show maturity. In your second year, you don't want to be making the same mistakes you made in your first year. You just want to show your growth as a player and teammate."
There are very few parts on campus or times of the day where the Vikings aren't trying to improve, glean more information from coaches or each other.
Brian Robison and Sharrif Floyd were on their way from walk-through back to the locker room when they stopped in their tracks on a piece of pavement between practice fields and the locker room. Preparing for his 10th season, Robison has been passing along what he's learned to younger teammates, from Floyd, who is entering his fourth season, to rookies.
"I take a lot of that responsibility, because at the end of the day, I'm here for one reason and one reason only, that's to hopefully bring a championship to the State of Minnesota," Robison said. "The only way you can do that is to help the younger guys, bring them along and make sure that everybody is on board with our defense."
View images from the Friday, August 5 practice at Verizon Vikings Training Camp.
Take two in a row
A pair of Vikings vets made back-to-back plays in Friday's afternoon training camp practice.
During team red zone drills, defensive end Everson Griffen tipped a Teddy Bridgewater pass intended for Stefon Diggs. The ball fluttered in the air for a moment before linebacker Anthony Barr came down with the interception.
On the very next play, Bridgewater threw a short pass over the middle, but Robison disrupted the play when he jumped up for the pick.