The Minnesota Vikings have been riding the breakout season from Stefon Diggs who has quickly become the top target for Teddy Bridgewater. With Adrian Peterson also running well in the offense, the production from the other playmakers has been minimal and inconsistent. Some teammates are not thrilled about their drop in numbers as Mike Wallace is making it clear he would like more targets.
The past two games, Wallace has one catch for four yards. That is not what he planned on getting when the Miami Dolphins traded him to Minnesota. Wallace thought he would be the team's leading receiver, but Diggs has taken over that role leaving the veteran on the outside looking in. While trying to be a team-friendly as possible, Wallace made it clear he would like more targets and catches.
"Of course it's frustrating, but at the end of the day we're 6-2 and winning football games," Wallace said, via 1500ESPN.com. "I'm going to do my part, continue to work and things will happen. It's frustrating, but you can't get mad. You have to continue to stay the course and believe things will turn around."
Wallace has been outspoken in his support for the rise of Diggs, claiming he is a young Antonio Brown, but that does not mean the veteran is happy with his dipping numbers. The Vikings are now fully healthy heading into Week 10 after Bridgewater along with Jarius Wright and Charles Johnson all dealt with injuries recently. That could hurt Wallace's production even more now that the quarterback has more targets to work with while Peterson continues to thrive while preparing to face a tough defensive front from the Oakland Raiders.
"A solid group. Upfront, pretty stout," Peterson said, via the Oakland Raiders team website. "The secondary is playing good. You have [Charles] Woodson, who is a savvy vet and a good tackler. And the linebacker corps is playing some good ball as well. I've been able to watch a little film on them. We're going to have to go in and out-execute those guys."
The Vikings continue to move up in the power ranking. The rise of Diggs along with Bridgewater and Peterson are the main reasons the Vikings are having so much success. However, getting players like Wallace more involved will only help open up the offense even more as the Vikings still have an uphill climb to get into the playoffs.