The Giants face a very tough task in trying to take down the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday at MetLife Stadium. But that task might be getting a bit easier if a certain playmaker doesn't suit up for the road team.
According to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, Vikings star WR Stefon Diggs is frustrated with his current situation in Minnesota, and it has become "palpable."
Diggs wasn't at practice on Wednesday due to undisclosed reasons, and Rapoport is hearing teammates don't know if he wants to be there anymore. This comes after Diggs had just signed a five-year, $72 million extension, too.
However, he was back on the practice field on Thursday, saying that he wasn't at the previous session due to a cold. But when asked about the rumors that he might want to be traded, he said this...
"There's truth to all rumors," he told The Athletic's Chad Graff. "I won't be speaking on that."
The reason behind Diggs' supposed frustrations with the team could be due to the lack of targets he's been getting thus far. This season, he has only 13 receptions on 19 targets for 209 yards and one touchdown. At this point last year, he had 27 catches on 44 targets for 311 yards and three touchdowns.
The only reason he broke 200 yards to begin with was due to his first 100-yard game last week in the 16-6 loss to the Bears. He caught all seven targets for 108 yards. He had two 100-yard games through four weeks last season.
Vikings new offensive coordinator Kevin Stefanski has adopted a strong running game since Dalvin Cook returned from his torn ACL a season ago. Cook wasn't there all of last season, so John DeFilippo -- who was fired after the season -- went pass heavy with Diggs and Adam Thielen on the outside for Kirk Cousins to throw to.
That volume of passes just hasn't been there despite all three of those players working on large contracts at the moment. Cook is finding success on the ground, and that's where Stefanski is going to stay.
So, even though Diggs was back at practice, he wouldn't deny the trade rumors and it could continue for the next couple days before gameday. If he is off the field on Sunday, it would be a much easier task for the Giants secondary to focus on Thielen without having to worry about Diggs on the opposite side.