Another Vikings Wide Receiver Option Gone

Panthers Could Gobble
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The Minnesota Vikings already employ among the best skill position players in the NFL. For that reason, it’s not a shock that the rookie quarterback class would have preferred to land in Kevin O’Connell’s offense.

Another Vikings Wide Receiver Option Gone

How they handle the departure of K.J. Osborn and whether they bring in another wide receiver, though, remains to be seen.

Justin Jefferson and Jordan Addison can compete against virtually any other franchise’s top two wideouts across the league for the title of best duo. Behind them, though, things get a bit murkier. Brandon Powell showed a fun emergence last season, and he is someone who is plenty familiar with head coach Kevin O’Connell. It may also be a reach to thrust him into the third wide receiver role and expect him to flourish.

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Jacksonville Jaguars WR D.J. Chark (17) makes a touchdown reception in the first quarter of the NFL Week 4 game between the Cincinnati Bengals and the Jacksonville Jaguars at Paul Brown Stadium in downtown Cincinnati on Sunday, Oct. 4, 2020. © Sam Greene via Imagn Content Services, LLC.

When looking at the free-agent landscape, more than a couple of names make sense for the Vikings. They have been linked to some, and others are just a possibility based on availability alone. While D.J. Chark was never suggested as a heavy target for Minnesota, his services are now off the board.

Joining former hometown favorite Adam Thielen and quarterback Bryce Young, Chark will have substantially more opportunity to contribute to an offense that desperately needs talent. If the Vikings did have interest, it didn’t seem to be heavily expressed. In fact, there hasn’t been a substantial amount of momentum from Minnesota for any players on the wide receiver front.

One Working Theory
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Without taking a wideout in the draft, it stands to reason that general manager Kwesi Adofo-Mensah will wade into the waters of free agency. Seeing a big splash like Odell Beckham Jr. could have been fun, but he took his talents to South Beach. Former Cincinnati Bengals wideout Tyler Boyd still seems like someone who may have interest here, and it would be reciprocated by the Vikings.

As things stand, it appears the organization is relatively close to being done with roster additions as they head into mini-camp. The finishing touches can still be put on the roster, though, and despite being flush with bodies at the position, there remains a very clear lack of clarity behind Minnesota’s top two wide receivers.


Ted Schwerzler is a blogger from the Twin Cities that is focused on all things Minnesota Twins and Minnesota Vikings. He’s active on Twitter and writes weekly for Twins Daily. As a former college athlete and avid sports fan, covering our pro teams with a passion has always seemed like such a natural outlet.

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