Vikings Snap Counts: Thielen quiet in return to field
The star receiver was on the field for 51% of the offense’s snaps in his return from a hamstring injury. Thielen played at least 83% of the offense’s snaps from Week 1 through Week 7, including a season-high 98% in Week 2.
Thielen hauled in his first catch on the Vikings’ third play from scrimmage: A seven-yard strike from quarterback Kirk Cousins.
However, he didn’t have much to do the rest of the way. Thielen finished Sunday’s win over the Los Angeles Chargers with three catches on three targets for 27 yards.
Fellow receivers Olabisi Johnson and Laquon Treadwell saw their reps decrease with Thielen back on the field. Johnson, a rookie, played 40% of the offense’s snaps, down from 71% in Week 14, while Laquon Treadwell played just 17%, down from 25%.
Stefon Diggs led the group at 71%. Diggs also led the Vikings with 76 receiving yards.
— Running back Mike Boone played a season-high 32% of the offense’s snaps.
— Defensive end Ifeadi Odenigbo played a season-high 48% of the defense’s snaps.
— Safety Anthony Harris was the only Vikings defender to play all 62 of the defense’s snaps.