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Vikings' K.J. Osborn: Steps up as No. 3 WR
Osborn caught seven of nine targets for 76 yards in Sunday's 27-24 overtime loss to the Bengals.
Osborn played just 119 special-teams snaps and none on offense as a rookie last season, but the 2020 fifth-round pick improved dramatically in the offseason and is set to work as the Vikings' third wide receiver behind Adam Thielen and Justin Jefferson. Thielen scored two touchdowns on a game-high 10 targets, while Jefferson and Osborn were both right behind him with nine targets apiece. Keeping this level of involvement will be tough as long as Thielen, Jefferson and running back Dalvin Cook stay healthy, but Osborn is a player to keep an eye on moving forward, including in Week 2 against the Cardinals.... See More ... See Less
Vikings' K.J. Osborn: Looks set as No. 3 WR
Osborn is expected to begin the season as the Vikings' No. 3 wide receiver with Chad Beebe waived due to a foot injury and with Dede Westbrook only recently starting to participate in team drills, Arif Hasan of The Athletic reports.
Osborn could have a meaningful role in the offense initially with Beebe out of the picture, Westbrook unlikely to contribute right away, and with Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer saying the offense may need to utilize three-receiver sets more due to tight end Irv Smith's knee injury. Osborn likely has a short window of opportunity. In addition to Westbrook potentially take over the role, Smith could return in a few weeks, and Chris Herndon, whom the Vikings acquired Tuesday, could quickly get up to speed. Under Zimmer, the Vikings haven't typically made much use of a third receiver, but there's a chance Osborn could change their plans.... See More ... See Less
Vikings' K.J. Osborn: Another impressive preseason game
Osborn had three receptions on seven targets for 68 yards in Friday's preseason loss at Kansas City.
Osborn has drawn rave reviews from the coaching staff in training camp and played well in preseason games, so he looks like the leading candidate for the No. 3 receiver role. However, Dede Westbrook (knee) ultimately may win the No. 3 job when he gains full clearance from the torn ACL he sustained in 2020. Chad Beebe also remains in the mix but may be a better fit as the slot receiver. The third receiver role for the Vikings could therefore be in flux early in the regular season.... See More ... See Less
Vikings' K.J. Osborn: Gets start at wide receiver
Osborn started at wide receiver and caught both his two targets for 27 yards in Saturday's preseason loss to the Colts.
Osborn started opposite Adam Thielen with Justin Jefferson sitting out as he comes back from a shoulder injury, which shows he has a lead on the third-receiver role. Osborn also returned one punt for four yards. He's in the mix to win the punt and kickoff roles as well. Osborn has drawn rave reviews in camp, so he could have a role in the offense, but Dede Westbrook (knee) ultimately may win the No. 3 job when he gains full clearance from the torn ACL he sustained in 2020.... See More ... See Less
Vikings' K.J. Osborn: Has two receptions Saturday
Osborn had two receptions for 15 yards and also returned two kickoffs for a 31-yard average in Saturday's preseason loss to Denver.
Osborn is competing for the third receiver role with Chad Beebe and Dede Westbrook. He was listed as the No. 3 receiver on Minnesota's first unofficial depth chart of the preseason. He was one of the few players with a starting job or in competition for a starting job playing Saturday, likely to get him opportunities as a returner. Osborn could win the punt or kickoff return jobs along with a third- or fourth-receiver role.... See More ... See Less
Vikings' K.J. Osborn: Listed as No. 3 receiver
Osborn is listed as the No. 3 receiver on Minnesota's first unofficial depth chart of the preseason.
Osborn has drawn rave reviews in training camp, so this isn't a total surprise. He's listed with Chad Beebe as the Nos. 3 and No. 4 receivers, so there may not be much separation between the two. Dede Westbrook (knee) may ultimately win the No. 3 receiver role when he gains full clearance from the torn ACL he sustained in 2020.... See More ... See Less
Vikings' K.J. Osborn: Makes good early impression
Osborn has had an impressive training camp, including catching a 50-yard reception in Saturday's scrimmage, Courtney Cronin of ESPN.com reports.
He's more likely to make the final regular-season roster with Bisi Johnson out for the season with a knee injury. Osborn will face competition from Dede Westbrook for the punt return job he held much of last season. He's also likely behind Westbrook for the third receiver role. However, Osborn is a player to watch during the preseason given his early camp reports because he could make a large leap in his second season.... See More ... See Less
Vikings' K.J. Osborn: Sitting down for Week 12
Osborn (coach's decision) is inactive for Minnesota's Week 12 matchup against the Panthers.
Osborn leads the Vikings in both punt-return attempts (four) and kick-return attempts (13) thus far in 2020, but Tajae Sharpe has been activated and inserted above him at the No. 5 wide receiver spot. With Osborn out of the mix for Week 12, Ameer Abdullah and Chad Beebe are likely to garner opportunities in the return game.... See More ... See Less
Vikings' K.J. Osborn: Clear of hamstring issue
Osborn (hamstring) wasn't listed on Minnesota's injury report Wednesday, Craig Peters of the team's official site reports.
The 23-year-old missed the previous two games heading into the Week 7 bye, but he's practicing with no limitations after receiving the extra recovery time. Osborn should reclaim returning duties for the Vikings now that he's healthy.... See More ... See Less
Vikings' K.J. Osborn: Can't face Falcons
Osborn (hamstring) is ruled out for Sunday's game against the Falcons, Chad Graff of The Athletic reports.
Osborn will miss his second game in a row due to a lingering hamstring injury. As long as he's sidelined, Chad Beebe will handle punt returns while Ameer Abdullah stands to return kickoffs.... See More ... See Less
Vikings' K.J. Osborn: Still sidelined due to hamstring
Osborn (hamstring) did not practice Thursday.
Osborn looks to be trending in the wrong direction for Sunday's game against the Falcons. If he's forced to miss a second straight contest due to his hamstring injury, Chad Beebe will once again return punts while Ameer Abdullah takes back kickoffs.... See More ... See Less
Vikings' K.J. Osborn: Won't face Seahawks
Osborn (hamstring) is ruled out for Sunday night's contest in Seattle, Chris Tomasson of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.
Osborn will need to miss at least one week as he works his way back from a hamstring injury. In his stead, Chad Beebe and Ameer Abdullah will likely fill in for him on punt and kick returns, respectively.... See More ... See Less
Vikings' K.J. Osborn: Inactive against Titans
Osborn is a healthy inactive for Sunday's game against Tennessee, Chris Tomasson of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.
With Osborn out, Chad Beebe will likely return punts with Ameer Abdullah likely to return kickoffs.... See More ... See Less
Vikings' K.J. Osborn: Handles kickoff returns
Osborn returned two kickoffs for an average of 32 yards in Sunday's loss to Green Bay.
Osborn didn't play a snap on offense as he'll be limited to special teams unless a receiver or two get hurt. It looks like he could make an impact as a returner if his first two returns are any indication.... See More ... See Less
Vikings' K.J. Osborn: Makes 53-man roster
Osborn made Minnesota's 53-man roster, The Athletic reports.
Osborn was kept for his return skills and he'll likely begin the season as the team's punt returner and potentially the team's kickoff returner. Either way, he'll initially be a deep reserve on offense.... See More ... See Less
Vikings' K.J. Osborn: Minnesota adds in fifth round
The Vikings selected Osborn in the fifth round of the 2020 NFL Draft, 176th overall.
Osborn (5-foot-11, 203 pounds) transferred to Miami (FL) after playing for Buffalo previously. He didn't post better than average production in either setting, though he has some athletic tools that could project skills growth in the NFL. His 4.48-second 40-yard dash and 37.5-inch vertical demonstrate some explosiveness, though he'll need to produce more efficiently with his targets to earn playing time.... See More ... See Less
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