Thielen mustered 20 catches combined over his first two NFL seasons, but he burst onto the scene with 69 catches (on 92 targets) for 967 yards and five touchdowns as one of Sam Bradford's top targets on an otherwise underwhelming Vikings offense.
His ability was on full display in Week 16 against the Green Bay Packers, when Thielen flourished with 12 catches for 202 yards and two touchdowns. According to Pro-Football-Reference.com, Thielen became just the 15th player since 2010 to post at least 200 receiving yards and two receiving scores in a single game.
"I still feel like people overlook him," then-Vikings wideout Cordarrelle Patterson said last December, per the Pioneer Press' Chris Tomasson. "I'm talking about defensive coordinators or [defensive backs] because it seems every game, he always making a play. But he likes it when people overlook him."
Thielen will attempt to build on last year's success and serve as Minnesota's clear No. 2 alongside Stefon Diggs.
He'll have 1,000 yards in his sights and the potential to ramp up his scoring production in a big way if the Vikings can establish more of a vertical passing game.