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4-2-0 12-5-0
4-2-0 9-8-0
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2023 Receiving

Receiving Yards
Average Yards per Reception
Receiving Touchdowns
Longest Reception
Regular Season 22 213 9.7 2 33

Top Josh Oliver News

  • Vikings' Josh Oliver: Secures two touchdowns in 2023

    Oliver appeared in all 17 games during the 2023 season, catching 22 of 28 targets for 213 yards and two touchdowns.

    A third-round pick by the Jaguars in 2019, Oliver's targets, catches, yards and touchdowns all set or matched career highs. He saw action on 42 percent of the Vikings' offensive snaps after signing a three-year, $21 million deal with Minnesota last offseason. Oliver should once again play more of a blocking role behind T.J. Hockenson (knee) next season.

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  • Vikings' Josh Oliver: Just one reception in loss

    Oliver had one reception for 17 yards on two targets in Sunday's loss to Green Bay.

    While Oliver started at tight end, Johnny Mundt earned more snaps and routes. Mundt played on 41 of the offense's 53 snaps and went out on 32 routes, while Oliver logged 24 snaps and ran eight routes. Mundt looks to be the one to get more looks in the passing game with T.J. Hockenson out for the season with a knee injury.

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  • Vikings' Josh Oliver: Catches one pass in defeat

    Oliver recorded a 33-yard reception in the Vikings' 30-24 loss to the Lions on Sunday.

    The backup tight end saw two targets and played on 19 offensive snaps. Starter T.J. Hockenson left the game early in the third quarter with a knee injury and did not return, but depth tight end Johnny Mundt also saw 22 offensive snaps and three targets. Hockenson is undergoing an MRI on Monday, and if he has to miss time, it could mean a greater share of snaps for both Oliver and Mundt.

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  • Vikings' Josh Oliver: Goes catchless in win

    Oliver played 28 of 72 snaps on offense in Sunday's 3-0 win over the Raiders and failed to corral his lone target.

    Since producing a season-best 4-47-1 receiving line on four targets in a Week 11 loss to Denver, Oliver has been blanked on two targets in the Vikings' last two contests. The 26-year-old is a valued blocker and should continue to see plenty of playing time on offense alongside T.J. Hockenson, but Oliver is unlikely to be a major factor in the passing attack in a given game so long as Hockenson is available.

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  • Vikings' Josh Oliver: Catches second TD of season

    Oliver had four receptions for 47 yards on four targets, including a three-yard touchdown, in Sunday's loss at Denver.

    It was a rare offensive outburst from Oliver, who is mostly used as a blocker. It was his second touchdown of the season, and his reception and yard marks were season highs. While this could be a sign he'll have a greater receiving role in an offense with Joshua Dobbs fully integrated at quarterback, Oliver had just two targets in his first two games with Dobbs behind center.

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  • Vikings' Josh Oliver: Loses key fumble in loss

    Oliver had one reception for 15 yards on two targets but lost a fumble on Minnesota's opening possession in Sunday's loss to Kansas City.

    Oliver lost the fumble on a reception which set up the Chiefs with good field position early in the first quarter, leading to a Kansas City touchdown. Oliver is a strong blocking tight end who doesn't get many targets, and losing a fumble won't help his case for more opportunities as a receiver.

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  • Vikings' Josh Oliver: Gets first TD of season

    Oliver had two receptions for four yards, including a four-yard touchdown, in Sunday's loss to the Chargers.

    Oliver is mostly a blocking tight end, as he went out on a route on just eight of 27 snaps on offense. He could be an occasional option in the red zone, but it was just his third touchdown reception in 38 career games.

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  • Vikings' Josh Oliver: Three receptions in Vikings debut

    Oliver brought in all three targets for 32 yards in Sunday's loss to Tampa Bay.

    Oliver started at tight end opposite T.J. Hockenson as the Vikings opened in a two-TE set. Oliver is mostly a blocking tight end in head coach Kevin O'Connell's offense, but did go out for a pass on 13 of his 30 snaps. He won't generate enough targets for viable fantasy value in most leagues, but he could be a factor should Hockenson get hurt.

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  • Vikings' Josh Oliver: Expected red-zone factor

    Oliver is expected to be a factor in the Vikings' red-zone offense, according to The Athletic's Alec Lewis.

    Signed to a surprising three-year, $21 million in free agency after spending the last two seasons buried in Baltimore's run-heavy offense, Oliver has been a pleasant surprise in offseason workouts, per Lewis. Vikings OC Wes Phillips said that Oliver could do more through the air than most realized, and that he's built like a "rhinoceros" in the open field. Oliver is unlikely to see consistent targets as long as T.J. Hockenson is healthy, but it sounds like Minnesota has plans for Oliver in multiple-tight end sets, particularly in the scoring area.

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Player Bio

HT/WT: 6-5, 259 lbs
Birthplace: Paso Robles, CA
Age: 27
School: San Jose St.
Experience: 6