Sharpe could not haul in a deep pass on a fourth down play on his lone target in Sunday's loss to Green Bay. He played just seven snaps on offense. It was a curious choice for Kirk Cousins to throw a deep ball to Sharpe on a key fourth and short play given his minimal role on offense. Sharpe looks set to just provide veteran depth off the bench in Minnesota's offense.
Sharpe caught a touchdown pass in Friday's dress rehearsal scrimmage at U.S. Bank Stadium, but he mostly worked with the second-team offense, Mark Craig of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports. Bisi Johnson has worked as No. 2 receiver in camp opposite Adam Thielen and 2020 first-round draft pick Justin Jefferson has operated as the slot receiver in three-receiver sets. The Vikings rarely used four-receiver sets last season, so Sharpe may be limited to a depth role as the fourth or fifth receiver.
Justin Jefferson is expected to emerge over Sharpe for a Week 1 starting job, Andrew Krammer of the Star Tribune reports. Sharpe was penciled in as Minnesota's No. 2 wide receiver after signing a one-year, $1 million contract in late March, but there was never any question the team would add more talent at his position. Jefferson is a first-round pick coming off an 18-touchdown season at LSU, while Sharpe is a 2016 fifth-round selection who averaged 24.8 receiving yards in 47 games with the Titans the past four years. The two may duke it out for a starting job in training camp, but Jefferson will have the edge if it's close.
Sharpe's one-year, $1 million contract with the Vikings includes $675,000 guaranteed and another $500,000 available via incentives, Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports. The willingness to guarantee a large portion of the contract suggests the Vikings expect Sharpe to have a spot on the 53-man roster, though it probably wouldn't be enough to keep him safe if he were to struggle throughout training camp and preseason. While he might currently profile as the team's No. 2 receiver, Sharpe likely will have to battle for every snap and target, potentially facing competition from Bisi Johnson, Chad Beebe and a rookie or two.
Sharpe agreed Wednesday with the Vikings on a one-year contract, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports. Sharpe started 29 of his 47 games for Tennessee over the past four years, catching 92 of 165 targets (55.8 percent) for 1,167 yards (7.1 per target, 12.7 per catch) and eight touchdowns. He won't come close to replacing Stefon Diggs, but the 25-year-old will at least give the Vikings a sorely needed competent body at wide receiver.
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|8||11/01||@Green Bay Packers||29||33.00|
|14||12/13||@Tampa Bay Buccaneers||5||11.00|
|16||12/25||@New Orleans Saints||20||22.00|
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