Stefon Diggs ended his two-week public silence on Thursday, answering questions from reporters for roughly six minutes before Vikings practice.
With rumors and speculation swirling, Diggs said he has not requested a trade, but made it pretty clear that he is, in fact, frustrated with the state of the Vikings offense and his role in it.
To start, he addressed his absence at Wednesday's practice, saying he had a cold that snuck up on him a little bit. But the Vikings would normally list such an absence as "illness," instead of the "not injury related" designation they gave Diggs on the injury report.
When asked if he's satisfied with the Vikings offense, Diggs said "I can't sit up here and act like everything is okay, because it's obviously not." He added that he's just trying to "work through it" at this point.
Asked about the speculation around him potentially wanting to be traded, Diggs pulled out a cryptic answer. "I feel like there's truth to all rumors," he said. "No matter how you dress it up. I won't be speaking on that."
Diggs attempted to make it clear that his frustration is more team-oriented than individual. "At the end of the day, I want to win and I want to put my team in the best position to win," he said. "I've always put the team before myself, I've never made it just about me." He referenced Adam Thielen's postgame interview, where Thielen talked about how it's frustrating not to have success after putting in so much time in preparation.
"If you want to win and you're not winning, of course you'll be frustrated," Diggs said.
Diggs said that he has had conversations with everybody involved with the offense. Does he feel like he's being heard? "I don't know," he said.
ESPN reporter Courtney Cronin came out and asked Diggs if he had requested a trade, to which he replied that he hadn't. He added that he hadn't spoken to his agent about it.
Towards the end of the session, Diggs was asked if he wants to be in Minnesota. "I love it here," he said."I've been here for five years. I love everything about the community, I love everything about my teammates. But – it's all about right now, whether I'll be here or not, whether they want me."
As for his status for Sunday's game against the Giants, Diggs wants to play. "I hope they let me play," he said. "I like football. I wanna be a part of playing football on Sundays always."
The main takeaway here is that we still don't have complete clarity on how Diggs is feeling. He's certainly frustrated, but is this something that could go away with a couple big statistical games and some victories? Or is this just the beginning of something larger?
It will be very interesting to track this story moving forward.