K.J. Osborn
WR MIN (7)
Sun 9/12/21 5:55 PM

Osborn caught seven of nine targets for 76 yards in Sunday's 27-24 overtime loss to the Bengals.
EDGE Analysis
Osborn played just 119 special-teams snaps and none on offense as a rookie last season, but the 2020 fifth-round pick improved dramatically in the offseason and is set to work as the Vikings' third wide receiver behind Adam Thielen and Justin Jefferson. Thielen scored two touchdowns on a game-high 10 targets, while Jefferson and Osborn were both right behind him with nine targets apiece. Keeping this level of involvement will be tough as long as Thielen, Jefferson and running back Dalvin Cook stay healthy, but Osborn is a player to keep an eye on moving forward, including in Week 2 against the Cardinals.

K.J. Osborn
WR MIN (7)
Wed 9/1/21 12:44 AM

Osborn looks set to begin the season as the No. 3 wide receiver with Chad Beebe waived due to a foot injury and with Dede Westbrook only recently staring to practice in team drills, The Athletic reports.
EDGE Analysis
Osborn could have a meaningful role in the offense initially with Beebe out of the picture, Westbrook unlikely to contribute right away and with Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer saying the offense may need to utilize three-receiver sets more due to tight end Irv Smith's knee injury. Osborn likely has a short window of opportunity since Westbrook could take over the role, Smith could return in a few weeks (his timetable is unclear) and Chris Herndon, who the Vikings traded for Tuesday, could quickly get up to speed. The Vikings under Zimmer haven't typically utilized a third receiver much, but there's a chance Osborn could change their plans.

K.J. Osborn
WR MIN (7)
Sat 8/28/21 1:35 AM

Osborn had three receptions on seven targets for 68 yards in Friday's preseason loss at Kansas City.
EDGE Analysis
Osborn has drawn rave reviews from the coaching staff in training camp and played well in the preseason games, so he looks like the leading candidate for the third receiver role. However, Dede Westbrook (knee) ultimately may win the No. 3 job when he gains full clearance from the torn ACL he sustained in 2020. Chad Beebe also remains in the mix may be a better fit as the slot receiver. The third receiver role for the Vikings could be in flux early in the regular season.

K.J. Osborn
WR MIN (7)
Sun 8/22/21 11:17 AM

Osborn started at wide receiver and caught both his two targets for 27 yards in Saturday's preseason loss to the Colts.
EDGE Analysis
Osborn started opposite Adam Thielen with Justin Jefferson sitting out as he comes back from a shoulder injury, which shows he has a lead on the third-receiver role. Osborn also returned one punt for four yards. He's in the mix to win the punt and kickoff roles as well. Osborn has drawn rave reviews in camp, so he could have a role in the offense, but Dede Westbrook (knee) ultimately may win the No. 3 job when he gains full clearance from the torn ACL he sustained in 2020.

K.J. Osborn
WR MIN (7)
Sun 8/15/21 12:35 AM

Osborn had two receptions for 15 yard and also returned two kickoffs for a 31-yard average in Saturday's preseason loss to Denver.
EDGE Analysis
Osborn is competing for the third receiver role with Chad Beebee and Dede Westbrook. He was listed as the No. 3 receiver on Minnesota's first unofficial depth chart of the preseason. He was one of the few players with a starting job or in competition for a starting job playing Saturday, likely to get him opportunities as a returner. Osborn could win the punt or kickoff return jobs along with a third or fourth receiver role.

K.J. Osborn
WR MIN (7)
Wed 8/11/21 11:50 PM

Osborn is listed as the No. 3 receiver on Minnesota's first unofficial depth chart of the preseason.
EDGE Analysis
Osborn has drawn rave reviews in training camp, so this isn't a total surprise. He's listed with Chad Beebe as the No. 3 and No. 4 receivers, so there may not be much separation between the two. Dede Westbrook may ultimately win the No. 3 receiver role when he returns to full strength as he works his way back from a torn ACL. Osborn may not begin the season as the No 3 receiver as a result, but this shows he could have an increased role.

K.J. Osborn
WR MIN (7)
Mon 8/2/21 6:00 PM

Osborn has had an impressive training camp, including catching a 50-yard reception in Saturday's scrimmage, Courtney Cronin of ESPN.com reports.
EDGE Analysis
He's more likely to make the final regular-season roster with Bisi Johnson out for the season with a knee injury. Osborn will face competition from Dede Westbrook for the punt return job he held much of last season. He's also likely behind Westbrook for the third receiver role. However, Osborn is a player to watch during the preseason given his early camp reports because he could make a large leap in his second season.

K.J. Osborn
WR MIN (7)
Sun 11/29/20 12:12 PM

Osborn (coach's decision) is inactive for Minnesota's Week 12 matchup against the Panthers.
EDGE Analysis
Osborn leads the Vikings in both punt-return attempts (four) and kick-return attempts (13) thus far in 2020, but Tajae Sharpe has been activated and inserted above him at the No. 5 wide receiver spot. With Osborn out of the mix for Week 12, Ameer Abdullah and Chad Beebe are likely to garner opportunities in the return game.

K.J. Osborn
WR MIN (7)
Wed 10/28/20 7:35 PM

Osborn (hamstring) wasn't listed on Minnesota's injury report Wednesday, Craig Peters of the team's official site reports.
EDGE Analysis
The 23-year-old missed the previous two games heading into the Week 7 bye, but he's practicing with no limitations after receiving the extra recovery time. Osborn should reclaim returning duties for the Vikings now that he's healthy.

K.J. Osborn
WR MIN (7)
Fri 10/16/20 4:27 PM

Osborn (hamstring) is ruled out for Sunday's game against the Falcons, Chad Graff of The Athletic reports.
EDGE Analysis
Osborn will miss his second game in a row due to a lingering hamstring injury. As long as he's sidelined, Chad Beebe will handle punt returns while Ameer Abdullah stands to return kickoffs.