4 Things Minnesota Vikings Fans Should Know About Tajae Sharpe

Jason Schandl
Four things Vikings fans should know about newly signed wide receiver Tajae Sharpe.
Four things Vikings fans should know about newly signed wide receiver Tajae Sharpe. / Frederick Breedon/Getty Images

He may not replace Stefon Diggs, either on the field or in Minnesota Vikings fans' hearts, but Tajae Sharpe is a welcome addition to the Vikes' offense. Wide receiver is an obvious position of need, and Sharpe was a nice low-cost signing.

It's been a while since Sharpe's name has come up on the national stage, though, so Vikings fans may not be familiar with who exactly they've added. With that in mind, here are four things to know about the Vikings' newest wideout.

1. Sharpe is the Second Leading Receiver in UMass History

The University of Massachusetts football program isn't exactly a storied one, but Sharpe was one of the most productive players they've seen. He racked up 3,486 yards in his four years at UMass, which was good for the most in program history when he graduated. Since then, only Andy Isabella (3,526) has surpassed him. Sharpe also still holds the school's reception record, with 277.

2. Like Stefon Diggs, Tajae Sharpe Was a Fifth-Round Pick

Being Vikings wideouts isn't the only similarity between Diggs and Sharpe. Sharpe was selected in the fifth round with the 140th overall pick by the Tennessee Titans in the 2016 NFL draft. That was one year after the Vikings took Diggs in the fifth round, at 146th overall.

3. Sharpe Also Had a Very Promising Rookie Season

Since 2000, only 12 fifth-round picks have recorded at least 400 receiving yards as a rookie. Diggs' 720 yards in 2015 ranked second in the group, and Sharpe wasn't too far behind at ninth with 522 yards.

4. Sharpe Had His Most Efficient NFL Season in 2019

Sharpe saw limited playing time with the Titans in 2019, but he made the most of his 35 targets. He caught 71.4 percent of them, which crushed his previous career best of 55.3 percent, and he also set his best marks in yards per reception (13.2) and yards per target (9.4). He also hauled in a career high 4 touchdowns. That leaves plenty of room for optimism that he'll be able to step in and make an impact with Kirk Cousins throwing him the ball in 2020.

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