K.J. Osborn debuts as Vikings’ No. 3 receiver on first depth chart


There’s a wide-open competition for the third receiver role in Minnesota. For now, one guy has opened up a lead.

K.J. Osborn, a fifth-round pick in 2020, lands as the clear-cut third option on the Vikings’ preliminary depth chart of the preseason.

Next comes free-agent arrival Dede Westbrook, followed by a seven-player cluster of “other” candidates, listed in this order, top to bottom: Dan Chisena, Blake Proehl, Myron Mitchel, Chad Beebe, Ihmir Smith-Marsette, Whop Philyor, and Warren Jackson.

That has to be a tough pill for Beebe, who recently spoke about his desire to win the competition for the third receiver spot — and his desire to win it. Based on the unofficial depth chart, he’s got a long way to go and a short time to get there.

Elsewhere on the depth chart, Kirk Cousins (to no surprise) is the starting quarterback. Jake Browning (to some surprise) is the second-stringer, with Nate Stanley next and then rookie Kellen Mond and Danny Etling.

Mond, a third-round pick in April, was expected to rise immediately to backup; however, his COVID absence (due to being unvaccinated) caused him to miss 10 days of camp. Stanley (also unvaccinated) missed five days as a close contact. With Cousins (also unvaccinated) missing five days, too, Browning had multiple opportunities to learn the offense and earn a status higher than bottom of the roster, at least for now.

9 responses to “K.J. Osborn debuts as Vikings’ No. 3 receiver on first depth chart

  1. No wonder the quarterbacks are throwing at goal posts, not much depth there at receiver.

  2. A long way to go and a short time to get there? Chad Beebe may be fast, but he’s no bandit!

  3. Can’t be the Next man up if your not available. Kellen Mond and Nate Stanley screwed up big time by not being vaccinated.

  4. I’m not predicting it will happen, but I can see Stanley and Mond both getting released (or traded). Teams aren’t too happy to have to deal with players who refuse to get vaccinated this year considering how the NFL will handle game cancelations this year. And with Cousins (the obvious starter) also refusing vaccinations, the Vikings likely don’t want to risk other players so close to Cousins causing Cousins to miss more time.

  5. Actually, Osborn is not clearcut as the number three; the depth chart shows him as the backup to Jefferson on one side, and Beebe as the backup to Thielen on the other. So the number three receiver on the Vikings is either of the two.

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