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K.J. Osborn

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

K.J. Osborn News

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


Gets start at wide receiver

Osborn started at wide receiver and caught both his two targets for 27 yards in Saturday's preseason loss to the Colts.

Analysis: Osborn started opposite Adam Thielen with Justin Jefferson siting 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 as well, so he could have a role in the offense, but Dede Westbrook (knee) may ultimately win the No. 3 receiver role when he gains full clearance from the torn ACL he sustained in 2020.

Aug 22, 2021 8:17 AM EST



Listed as No. 3 receiver

Osborn is listed as the No. 3 receiver on Minnesota's first unofficial depth chart of the preseason.

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.

Aug 11, 2021 8:50 PM EST


Makes good early impression

Osborn has had an impressive training camp, including catching a 50-yard reception in Saturday's scrimmage, Courtney Cronin of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: He's more likely to make the final 53-man 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 is also likely behind Westbrook for the third receiver role. However, Osborn is a player to watch during the preseason given his early camp reports since he could make a large leap in his second season.

Aug 2, 2021 3:00 PM EST


Sitting down for Week 12

Osborn (coach's decision) is inactive for Minnesota's Week 12 matchup against the Panthers.

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.

Nov 29, 2020 9:12 AM EST


Clear of hamstring issue

Osborn (hamstring) wasn't listed on Minnesota's injury report Wednesday, Craig Peters of the team's official site reports.

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.

Oct 28, 2020 4:35 PM EST


Can't face Falcons

Osborn (hamstring) is ruled out for Sunday's game against the Falcons, Chad Graff of The Athletic reports.

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.

Oct 16, 2020 1:27 PM EST


Still sidelined due to hamstring

Osborn (hamstring) did not practice Thursday.

Analysis: Osborn looks to be trending in the wrong direction for Sunday's game against the Falcons. If he's forced to miss a second straight contest due to his hamstring injury, Chad Beebe will once again return punts while Ameer Abdullah takes back kickoffs.

Oct 15, 2020 3:14 PM EST


Won't face Seahawks

Osborn (hamstring) is ruled out for Sunday night's contest in Seattle, Chris Tomasson of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.

Analysis: Osborn will need to miss at least one week as he works his way back from a hamstring injury. In his stead, Chad Beebe and Ameer Abdullah will likely fill in for him on punt and kick returns, respectively.

Oct 9, 2020 11:17 AM EST


Inactive against Titans

Osborn is a healthy inactive for Sunday's game against Tennessee, Chris Tomasson of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.

Analysis: With Osborn out, Chad Beebe will likely return punts with Ameer Abdullah likely to return kickoffs.

Sep 27, 2020 8:36 AM EST


Handles kickoff returns

Osborn returned two kickoffs for an average of 32 yards in Sunday's loss to Green Bay.

Analysis: Osborn didn't play a snap on offense as he'll be limited to special teams unless a receiver or two get hurt. It looks like he could make an impact as a returner if his first two returns are any indication.

Sep 14, 2020 12:33 PM EST


Makes 53-man roster

Osborn made Minnesota's 53-man roster, The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Osborn was kept for his return skills and he'll likely begin the season as the team's punt returner and potentially the team's kickoff returner. Either way, he'll initially be a deep reserve on offense.

Sep 5, 2020 10:40 PM EST


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