K.J. Osborn
WR NE (14)
Mon 11/8/21 3:00 PM

Osborn had one reception for 20 yards on two targets in Sunday's 34-31 overtime loss at Baltimore.
EDGE Analysis
Osborn played a season-low 26 (47 percent) of the team's snaps on offense. He has just five targets combined the last two games but still has a firm hold on the third receiver role.

K.J. Osborn
WR NE (14)
Mon 11/1/21 6:06 PM

Osborn had two receptions for 10 yards on three targets in Sunday's 20-16 loss to Dallas.
EDGE Analysis
Osborn played on 38 of the offense's 66 snaps -- about his season average -- but had his fewest targets since Week 3. Although Justin Jefferson and Adam Thielen dominate the targets, Osborn remains a viable fantasy option in deeper formats. Osborn continues to get a steady workload and has a firm grasp on the third receiver role, even if the results were not there against Dallas.

K.J. Osborn
WR NE (14)
Mon 10/18/21 1:56 PM

Osborn had six receptions for 78 yards on seven targets, including a game-winning 27-yard touchdown in overtime in Sunday's win at Carolina.
EDGE Analysis
Osborn has been getting steady targets in the Minnesota passing game, but hadn't been getting much yardage the past three games (eight catches for 66 yards ). Although Justin Jefferson and Adam Thielen dominate the targets, Osborn remains a viable fantasy option in deeper formats.

K.J. Osborn
WR NE (14)
Mon 10/11/21 2:19 PM

Osborn had three receptions for 14 yards on four targets in Sunday's win over Detroit.
EDGE Analysis
Osborn played about the usual snap count (40 of the offense's 67 snaps) but didn't get many targets when the offense got conservative in the second half trying to protect a lead. Dede Westbrook played a season high 14 snaps and had three receptions, which is a minor concern for Osborn's usage.

K.J. Osborn
WR NE (14)
Mon 10/4/21 6:07 PM

Osborn had three receptions for 26 yards on seven targets and had one carry for 10 yards in Sunday's loss to Cleveland.
EDGE Analysis
Osborn didn't produce many yards from scrimmage, but it was a positive sign he was second on the team in targets and used on a designed running play, especially after he had just two targets last week. Minnesota's offense struggled to move the ball against Cleveland's stout defense, so Osborn should improve next week against Detroit.

K.J. Osborn
WR NE (14)
Mon 9/27/21 12:27 PM

Osborn had two receptions on two targets for 26 yards in Sunday's win over Seattle.
EDGE Analysis
Osborn played on 44 of the offense's 75 snaps, the same percentage as Week 2. However, he saw just two targets after six and nine the prior two weeks. Meanwhile, Tyler Conklin had his first big week -- seven catches for 70 yards and a TD -- which could be a minor negative as the Vikings may rotate their secondary targets after Adam Thielen and Justin Jefferson.

K.J. Osborn
WR NE (14)
Sun 9/19/21 9:14 PM

Osborn caught five of six targets for 91 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 34-33 loss to the Cardinals.
EDGE Analysis
The second-year wideout put together another big performance, leading the Vikings in receiving yards and scoring his first career NFL touchdown on a 64-yard strike from Kirk Cousins in the first quarter. Osborn is enjoying the lack of defensive attention that comes from lining up alongside Justin Jefferson and Adam Thielen, and he'll look to continue his breakout campaign in Week 3 at home against the Seahawks.

K.J. Osborn
WR NE (14)
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 NE (14)
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 NE (14)
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.