Tajae Sharpe

Tajae Sharpe

Wide Receiver #19
Team: Minnesota Vikings
Ht / Wt:6'2" / 194 lb.
College:Massachusetts
Age:25
Born:December 23, 1994
Drafted:2016 / Rd. 5 (140)
Draft Team:TEN

Tajae Sharpe: Cleared going forward

Sharpe (illness) wasn't listed on Wednesday's injury report.

Analysis: Sharpe was unable to play Week 4 after falling ill, but he's no longer sick and may return to the lineup Sunday versus the Seahawks. However, the 26-year-old wideout was a healthy scratch Week 3, so he's not a lock to return to the lineup.

October 7, 2020 2:41 PM EST

Tajae Sharpe: Will sit out Sunday

Sharpe (illness) has been ruled out of Sunday's game versus the Texans, Chad Graff of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Sharpe wasn't listed on the injury report all week but has been ruled out due to an illness. He was a healthy scratch in Week 3 anyway, so his absence shouldn't affect the team's offensive dynamic. There's no indication that his illness is related to COVID-19.

October 3, 2020 5:05 PM EST

Tajae Sharpe: Won't go Sunday

Sharpe is a healthy scratch for Sunday's game against the Titans, Chris Tomasson of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.

Analysis: After suiting up in the first two contests of the season, coach Mike Zimmer elected to sit Sharpe against his former team. The deep threat has only seen one target this campaign thus far, so his absence won't affect much from an offensive perspective. With Sharpe out, more snaps are in line for rookie Justin Jefferson and potentially Dan Chisena in four-wide sets.

September 27, 2020 8:42 AM EST

Tajae Sharpe: No receptions Sunday

Sharpe could not haul in a deep pass on a fourth down play on his lone target in Sunday's loss to Green Bay. He played just seven snaps on offense.

Analysis: It was a curious choice for Kirk Cousins to throw a deep ball to Sharpe on a key fourth and short play given his minimal role on offense. Sharpe looks set to just provide veteran depth off the bench in Minnesota's offense.

September 14, 2020 10:43 AM EST

Tajae Sharpe: Scores second unit TD in scrimmage

Sharpe caught a touchdown pass in Friday's dress rehearsal scrimmage at U.S. Bank Stadium, but mostly worked with the second-team offense, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.

Analysis: Bisi Johnson has worked as No. 2 receiver in camp opposite Adam Thielen and 2020 first-round draft pick Justin Jefferson has operated as the slot receiver in three-receiver sets. The Vikings rarely used four-receiver sets last season, so Sharpe may be limited to a depth role as the fourth or fifth receiver.

August 28, 2020 11:10 PM EST

Tajae Sharpe: Likely lands behind rookie

Justin Jefferson is expected to emerge over Sharpe for a Week 1 starting job, Andrew Krammer of the Star Tribune reports.

Analysis: Sharpe was penciled in as Minnesota's No. 2 wide receiver after signing a one-year, $1 million contract in late March, but there was never any question the team would add more talent at his position. Jefferson is a first-round pick coming off an 18-touchdown season at LSU, while Sharpe is a 2016 fifth-round selection who averaged 24.8 receiving yards in 47 games with the Titans the past four years. The two may duke it out for a starting job in training camp, but Jefferson will have the edge if it's close.

June 19, 2020 9:48 AM EST

Tajae Sharpe: Gets $675k guaranteed

Sharpe's one-year, $1 million contract with the Vikings includes $675,000 guaranteed and another $500,000 available via incentives, Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: The willingness to guarantee a large portion of the contract suggests the Vikings expect Sharpe to have a spot on the 53-man roster, though it probably wouldn't be enough to keep him safe if he were to struggle throughout training camp and preseason. While he might currently profile as the team's No. 2 receiver, Sharpe likely will have to battle for every snap and target, potentially facing competition from Bisi Johnson, Chad Beebe and a rookie or two.

April 16, 2020 12:27 PM EST

Tajae Sharpe: Signing with Minnesota

Sharpe is signing a one-year contract with the Vikings, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: Sharpe started 29 of his 47 games for Tennessee over the past four years, catching 92 of 165 targets (55.8 percent) for 1,167 yards (7.1 per target, 12.7 per catch) and eight touchdowns. He won't come close to replacing Stefon Diggs, but the 25-year-old will at least give the Vikings a sorely needed competent body at wide receiver.

March 25, 2020 8:37 AM EST

Tajae Sharpe: Serves as team's fourth receiver

Sharpe recorded 25 receptions for 329 yards and four touchdowns across 15 games with the Titans during the 2019 season.

Analysis: Sharpe played a limited role for much of the season, but had productive spells as a depth option among the Titans' pass-catching corps. His peak performance of the campaign came in Week 16 against the Saints when he caught two touchdowns. Though he has never replicated the results of his rookie campaign -- he hauled in 41 passes for 522 yards -- Sharpe could find himself with an increased role as he is set to become a free agent for the first time in his career.

January 25, 2020 12:31 PM EST

Tajae Sharpe: Fades to background

Sharpe hauled in one of his two targets for 13 yards in the team's Week 17 win over the Texans.

Analysis: Sharpe failed to follow up on his two-touchdown performance against the Saints, falling into the background of the Titans' passing attack. He ended the season with very similar numbers to the 2018 campaign, racking up 25 receptions for 329 yards and four touchdowns. The former fifth-round pick is concluding the final year of his rookie contract, meaning he could join a new team in search of an expanded role in 2020. However, given Sharpe's stagnant production since his rookie season, he's unlikely to be signed as a core piece of any team. Prior to searching for a new deal, Sharpe will serve as the team's third receiver in their first-round playoff matchup at New England.

December 30, 2019 1:35 PM EST

Tajae Sharpe: Pair of touchdowns

Sharpe hauled in five of six targets for 69 yards and a pair of touchdowns in the team's Week 16 loss to the Saints.

Analysis: Sharpe turned in his best game of the season, doubling his touchdown total in the process. Both of his trips to the end zone came in the second half, the first on a 36-yard play during which Sharpe caught a short pass over the middle of the field before outracing defenders to find the end zone. He followed that up with a spectacular 7-yard catch over Janoris Jenkins in the back of the end zone halfway through the fourth quarter. Though he did the majority of his damage prior to Corey Davis (concussion) exiting the game, Sharpe could be in a strong position to produce once again if Davis is forced to miss the team's Week 17 matchup against the Texans.

December 22, 2019 3:11 PM EST

Tajae Sharpe: Records pair of catches

Sharpe hauled in both of his targets to record 28 yards in the team's Week 15 loss to the Texans.

Analysis: Sharpe was projected to see an increased role in the absence of Adam Humphries (ankle), though Corey Davis and Jonnu Smith both outplayed him. More positively, he turned both of his targets into productive plays, recording receptions of 16 and 12 yards. Still, Sharpe has failed to surpass 35 yards in any game since his Week 3 outburst against the Jaguars, and his role isn't projected to get any larger before the close of the season.

December 15, 2019 10:46 PM EST

Tajae Sharpe: Likely to fill in for Humphries

Sharpe is expected to handle a regular role in three-receiver sets Sunday against the Texans with Adam Humphries (ankle) ruled out for the contest.

Analysis: Humphries was also sidelined for last week's win over the Raiders, allowing Sharpe to handle his second-biggest offensive snap share (48 percent) since Week 4. During that outing, Sharpe caught all four of his targets for 25 yards, so his fantasy upside should remain fairly low even though he'll benefit from another plus matchup against a leaky Houston secondary. A.J. Brown and Corey Davis profile as the best fantasy options among Tennessee's pass catchers.

December 13, 2019 1:06 PM EST

Tajae Sharpe: Records four receptions

Sharpe hauled in all four of his targets for 25 yards in the team's Week 14 win over the Raiders.

Analysis: Sharpe got off to a fast start, recording three of his receptions on the team's first drive. While he managed to turn in a perfect catch rate, he failed to work down the field in any meaningful way, notching catches of seven, nine, one and eight yards. Though he finished second on the team in receptions, Sharpe has produced only sporadically this season and has slipped behind rookie wideout A.J. Brown on the depth chart.

December 8, 2019 9:07 PM EST

Tajae Sharpe: Active in Week 14

Sharpe (hamstring) is active for Sunday's Week 14 tilt against the Raiders.

Analysis: Sharpe was able to gain active status despite having downgraded to limited practice participation Friday. The 24-year-old wideout could be slated for an expanded role behind starters Corey Davis and A.J. Brown with Adam Humphries (ankle) ruled out for the contest.

December 8, 2019 12:05 PM EST

Tajae Sharpe: Receives questionable tag

Sharpe (hamstring) is questionable for Sunday's game at Oakland, Erik Bacharach of The Tennessean reports.

Analysis: Sharpe appeared to be past the hamstring injury after practicing fully early in the week, but he was downgraded to limited participation at Friday's practice. The 24-year-old is now in danger of missing his second consecutive game with his availability up in the air.

December 6, 2019 12:41 PM EST

Tajae Sharpe: Practices without limitations

Sharpe (hamstring) was a full participant in Monday's practice.

Analysis: Sharpe's hamstring injury prevented him from suiting up against Indianapolis in Week 13, but he now looks back to full health. Expect the 24-year old to play his usual role as a depth wideout in Oakland on Sunday.

December 4, 2019 2:38 PM EST

Tajae Sharpe: Ruled out Sunday

Sharpe (hamstring) is inactive for Sunday's game against the Colts.

Analysis: With Sharpe out, Kalif Raymond figures to see added snaps Sunday behind fellow receivers Corey Davis, A.J. Brown and Adam Humphries.

December 1, 2019 8:43 AM EST

Tajae Sharpe: Added to injury report

Sharpe has been downgraded to questionable for Sunday's game Colts due to a hamstring injury, Turron Davenport of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: Sharpe was limited at Wednesday's practice due to the hamstring issue but subsequently practiced in full the rest of the week. However, it looks like he suffered some type of setback, as he has landed back on the injury report less than 24 hours from kickoff. His final status will likely depend on how he reacts to warmups. Kalif Raymond could potentially see some snaps at wide receiver should he ultimately sit out.

November 30, 2019 11:44 AM EST

Tajae Sharpe: Practices at full speed

Sharpe (hamstring) was a full participant in Thursday's practice, Paul Kuharsky of 104.5 The Zone Nashville reports.

Analysis: Sharp was limited in practice due to a hamstring issue Wednesday, but he now appears back to full health. Barring any setbacks, expect the 24-year-old to play his usual depth role in Tennessee's receiver corps in Indianapolis on Sunday.

November 28, 2019 11:46 AM EST

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