New No. 3 Wide Receiver Emerging for Vikings

Adam Taylor McKillop
There's a new No. 3 wide receiver emerging for the Minnesota Vikings in second-year K.J. Osborn.
There's a new No. 3 wide receiver emerging for the Minnesota Vikings in second-year K.J. Osborn. / Adam Bettcher/Getty Images

Last year was a disappointment for the Minnesota Vikings, there's no question about that. But, the Vikings look to rally following a 7-9 finish in 2020 and make the playoffs for the second time in three years this season.

The defense was the biggest area of improvement needed this offseason, but Minnesota also wanted to address the passing attack. After Stefon Diggs moved onto Buffalo, the passing game left Vikings fans wanting more (14th - 250.6 passing yards per game).

Back in July, the team added former Jacksonville Jaguars wideout Dede Westbrook to help fill this void. While he looked like an obvious candidate for the No. 3 WR role, a new name has emerged in camp as an option for that roster spot.

According to The Athletic's Chad Graff, second-year man K.J. Osborn has emerged as a breakout candidate in the Vikings' wide receiver corps. Despite appearing solely on special teams last year, the former fifth-round draft pick has impressed at Vikings camp.

With No. 1 wideout Justin Jefferson nursing an injury, Osborn has seen a major uptick in reps. He's done nothing but take advantage, standing out "nearly every practice" and "routinely making impressive catches."

There's still some time left for Osborn to secure this new role, but it's an exciting storyline worth watching as the Vikings head into Week 1 of the NFL Preseason.

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