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Why this overlooked wide receiver can break out for the Vikings

The Minnesota Vikings will enter the 2024 season with a new third wide receiver. By letting KJ Osborn sign with the New England Patriots on a one-year, $4 million deal, it’s clear the Vikings were ready to move on. Minnesota signed Trent Sherfield to a one-year contract worth slightly more than the minimum along with the option not to draft a receiver, showing they are comfortable with the players they have in house.

With Justin Jefferson electing to work out on his own and sit out OTAs (this was expected, don’t worry), the receiving corps got plenty of new looks at the starting positions. Multiple Vikings reporters said second-year receiver Jordan Addison saw the No. 1 role, but deeper on the depth chart, a 2022 sixth-round pick of the Vikings is getting first-team reps.

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Jalen Nailor shared first-team reps with the other receivers, and in Vikings beat reporter Alec Lewis’ article on his OTA grades, Nailor claimed a spot on that roster.

“His (Nailor’s) athleticism is undeniable. That’s why the Vikings staff last year was hustling about the 2202 sixth-round pick around this time. With Jefferson out, Nailor, Jordan Addison and Brandon Powell saw most of the snaps with the No. 1 unit. 1.”