K.J. Osborn

Minnesota Vikings
Wide Receiver #17
Minnesota Vikings
Wide Receiver #17

K.J. Osborn News

Four targets in Week 18

Osborn caught one of four targets for 21 yards and one score during Week 18's 31-17 win over the Bears.

Analysis: Osborn finished the 2021 campaign with 50 receptions for 655 yards and seven touchdowns. He started the season off hot with 12 receptions for 167 yards through the first two weeks, but he took a backseat as Justin Jefferson and Adam Thielen demanded the majority of Kirk Cousins' attention. However, after Thielen went down with a high-ankle sprain in Week 13, Osborn once again stepped up his game. Over the last six contests of the year, Osborn totaled 19 catches for 290 yards and five touchdowns -- including one in each of the Vikings' last three games.

Jan 18, 2022 10:22 AM EST


Hits pay dirt in loss

Osborn had three receptions (five targets) for 50 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 37-10 loss to Green Bay.

Analysis: Osborn stepped into the starting lineup in place of Adam Thielen (ankle) as expected, and he delivered a strong fantasy performance with a second-half touchdown. The 24-year-old was already seeing his role increase prior to Thielen's season-ending injury last week, scoring four of his six touchdowns over the last five weeks. The Vikings will take on the Bears in a meaningless game (from a playoffs standpoint), but Osborn and the rest of Minnesota's offensive options would benefit if Kirk Cousins (illness) is able to return.

Jan 2, 2022 11:02 PM EST



Locked in for No. 2 receiver spot

Osborn's teammate Adam Thielen (ankle) was placed on injured reserve Wednesday.

Analysis: Assuming he stays healthy, Osborn is now locked in as Minnesota's No. 2 receiver, a role he'd already handled for most of the past four weeks with Thielen out or limited due to the injury. Osborn has a four-game streak with at least three catches and 79 percent snap share, averaging 3.8 receptions for 54.8 yards on 6.5 targets in that time, with his third, fourth and fifth TDs of the season. He also put up decent numbers in September as Minnesota's No. 3 receiver, but was unable to sustain the volume with Thielen and Jefferson both healthy. While he may be a distant second to Jefferson now, Osborn appears solidly ahead of Dede Westbrook, Ihmir Smith-Marsette and Dan Chisena as the Vikings prepare to close out their season against the Packers (Week 17) and Bears (Week 18).

Dec 29, 2021 11:20 AM EST


Steps up in loss

Osborn recorded five receptions on seven targets for 68 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 30-23 loss to the Rams.

Analysis: Osborn maintained an increased role in Minnesota's offense as Adam Thielen was limited by an ankle injury. He took advantage by finishing second on the team in targets, yards and reception. Additionally, he tallied long receptions of 30 and 19 yards while also finding the end zone on a six-yard catch midway through the fourth quarter. Osborn's ability to impact the game in a similar way in a Week 17 matchup against Green Bay will likely come down to Thielen's ability to take the field.

Dec 26, 2021 7:15 PM EST


Three grabs in start

Osborn secured all three targets for 21 yards in the Vikings' 17-9 win over the Bears on Monday night.

Analysis: Osborn drew another start for Adam Thielen (ankle), but unlike the Week 14 Thursday night win over the Steelers when he'd cobbled together a strong fantasy effort with a late touchdown, there was no such development Monday night. The University of Miami product could be back to his usual No. 3 role for Sunday's critical Week 16 home battle against the Rams, considering Thielen was considered a game-time decision Monday night.

Dec 20, 2021 8:53 PM EST



Scores long TD in spot start

Osborn brought in three of nine targets for 83 yards and a touchdown in the Vikings' 36-28 win over the Steelers on Thursday night.

Analysis: The emerging second-year wideout drew the start in place of Adam Thielen (ankle) and ended up leading the Vikings in receiving yards thanks in large part to a 62-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter. Otherwise, Osborn actually slogged through a highly inefficient night, but the long score helped the University of Miami product to the second-highest yardage tally of his young career. If Thielen is still out or limited for a Week 15 Monday night divisional battle against the Bears on Dec. 20, Osborn could once again enjoy a prominent role.

Dec 9, 2021 9:58 PM EST


Steps up in place of hurt starter

Osborn had four receptions (seven targets) for 47 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 29-27 loss to the Lions.

Analysis: Starter Adam Thielen (ankle) was forced out of the contest early in the first quarter, opening the door for Osborn to get more involved in the offense. The 24-year-old produced a solid fantasy line, but it wasn't even his best performance this season despite getting extra run. Osborn could continue to see increased usage if Thielen is forced to miss any time with his sprained ankle. The veteran wideout is currently listed as questionable for Thursday's tilt against the Steelers, but the short week of rest could result in Osborn's first start of the year. He would carry deep-league appeal in the event Thielen is unable to suit up.

Dec 5, 2021 2:54 PM EST


Non-factor in loss

Osborn caught one of two targets for five yards during Sunday's 34-26 loss to the 49ers.

Analysis: Osborn played 55 percent of the team's offensive snaps (30 of 55), but he was once again held to just one catch, as Adam Thielen and Justin Jefferson dominated Kirk Cousins' attention. Even with the Vikings playing from behind for the majority of Sunday's loss, Osborn couldn't crack fantasy relevance. The 2020 fifth-round pick's steady playing time should keep him in the conversation, but his lack of production over the past four weeks (three catches for 44 yards) makes him a risky fantasy play in any format.

Nov 29, 2021 1:34 PM EST


Just one reception Sunday

Osborn had one reception for 19 yards on four targets in Sunday's over Green Bay.

Analysis: Osborn played on 52% of the offense's snaps (36 of 69) and went out for a route on 23 plays. He's been getting about the same playing time as earlier in the season as the third receiver, but the passing game has narrowed on the duo of Adam Thielen and Justin Jefferson with Tyler Conklin emerging as the distant third option. Osborn's steady playing time could make him more of a factor if the Vikings are playing from far behind, but it's hard to count on any production otherwise.

Nov 22, 2021 10:38 AM EST


No receptions Sunday

Osborn did not have a reception or carry in Sunday's win at the Chargers but did have one target.

Analysis: Osborn played on 51% of the offense's snaps and went out for a route on 26 of his 41 snaps. While he's getting about the same playing time as earlier in the year, he has just four targets and one reception in his last three games. Tyler Conklin has become the third option in the passing game and the duo of Adam Thielen and Justin Jefferson have dominated the target share as much as ever, leaving Osborn out the outside for now. His steady playing time could make him more of a factor in shootouts.

Nov 15, 2021 10:23 AM EST


Just one reception Sunday

Osborn had one reception for 20 yards on two targets in Sunday's loss at Baltimore.

Analysis: Osborn played a season low 26 snaps and 47% 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.

Nov 8, 2021 12:00 PM EST


Just two receptions Sunday

Osborn had two receptions for 10 yards on three targets in Sunday's loss to Dallas.

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 as he continues to get a steady workload and has a firm grasp on the third receiver role.

Nov 1, 2021 3:06 PM EST


Grabs game-winning touchdown

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.

Analysis: Osborn has been getting steady targets in the Minnesota passing game, but hadn't had 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.

Oct 18, 2021 10:56 AM EST


Just 14 yards receiving Sunday

Osborn had three receptions for 14 yards on four targets in Sunday's win over Detroit.

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.

Oct 11, 2021 11:19 AM EST


Four touches in loss

Osborn had three receptions for 26 yards on seven targets and had one carry for 10 yards in Sunday's loss to Cleveland.

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.

Oct 4, 2021 3:07 PM EST


Just two receptions Sunday

Osborn had two receptions on two targets for 26 yards in Sunday's win over Seattle.

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.

Sep 27, 2021 9:27 AM EST


Productive again Sunday

Osborn caught five of six targets for 91 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 34-33 loss to the Cardinals.

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.

Sep 19, 2021 6:14 PM EST


Steps up as No. 3 WR

Osborn caught seven of nine targets for 76 yards in Sunday's 27-24 overtime loss to the Bengals.

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.

Sep 12, 2021 2:55 PM EST


Looks set as No. 3 WR

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.

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 they 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 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.

Aug 31, 2021 9:44 PM EST


Another impressive preseason game

Osborn had three receptions on seven targets for 68 yards in Friday's preseason loss at Kansas City.

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.

Aug 27, 2021 10:35 PM EST


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