Don’t look now, but Adam Thielen is one of the old folks.
You know, by NFL standards. Thielen will celebrate his 31st birthday on August 22, but the wide receiver has shown no signs of slowing down as he enters his eighth season with the Vikings.
Jordan Dajani of CBS Sports agrees. He recently assembled a “NFL 30+ Offensive Team“, and he named Thielen, Julio Jones and Marvin Jones as the team’s three receivers. Dajani wrote:
Thielen is still one of the NFL’s most consistent receivers. He recorded a career-high 1,373 receiving yards and nine touchdowns in 2018, but then missed six games with injury the following season. Without Stefon Diggs to work and [with Thielen] to be 30 years old, some thought [he] could take a step back, but it did not happen. Thielen had 925 yards and 14 touchdowns, which put him third among all receivers. Its AV (approximate value) of 8 ranked second among all receivers considered for this list.
Vikings fans also know Marvin Jones very well, having spent the last five seasons in Detroit. Jones signed with Jacksonville as a free agent this spring, which means Minnesota won’t see him this season.
Jones captured a career-high 76 passes for 978 yards and nine touchdowns in 2020. While the Lions haven’t been the funniest team to watch in the NFL, Jones has been a consistent playmaker when it comes to playing. he was in good health. He played all 16 games for the first time in three years last season and has shown no signs of slowing down. Jones has caught nine touchdowns in three of the past four years and should be a confidence target for rookie quarterback Trevor Lawrence.
Dajani named Aaron Rodgers “30 of 30” quarterback, and he used the only running back position over former Viking Adrian Peterson. The 36-year-old was also with the Lions in 2020 but is currently a free agent.
His reputation precedes him, as Peterson is fifth on the NFL’s all-time running list, a former MVP, and still holds the NFL record for most rushing yards in a single game. There were several players we could have picked for that spot who are a bit younger and still on the roster, but Peterson just refuses to slow down. He’s two years out of a 1,000-yard season and rushed for more touchdowns last year than players like David Johnson, Kareem Hunt, Ezekiel Elliott and James Conner. At 33 and 34, Peterson was the most consistent weapon on a Washington offense that was missing, and [he’s] still someone I would sign if I was looking for a running back at this point in the offseason.
To see Dajani’s full roster, including his second-team picks, Click here.