Who has a chance to be the Minnesota Vikings’ kick returner in 2018?

(Photo by Adam Bettcher/Getty Images) Marcus Sherels
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(Photo by NIU Media Services) Chad Beebe
(Photo by NIU Media Services) Chad Beebe /

Chad Beebe – WR

Like Badet, Beebe’s best shot at making the Vikings’ 2018 roster will likely be as a return-man.

Signed as an undrafted free-agent after impressing Minnesota’s staff at the team’s rookie minicamp last May, Beebe had the privilege of growing up watching his father play in the NFL. His father, Don, spent nine seasons in the league as a receiver for the Buffalo Bills, Carolina Panthers, and Green Bay Packers.

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Now Chad is getting his opportunity to make his own mark in the NFL.

The younger Beebe spent his college career in the MAC Conference at Northern Illinois University. He did not begin returning kicks until 2017, but he was the school’s punt returner for the past three years.

With the ball in his hands, Beebe has no trouble making his opponents miss. At Northern Illinois, he had plenty of instances in which he showed the ability to make something out of nothing.

For now, the Vikings’ practice squad seems like the best case scenario for him in 2018. But a strong showing in Minnesota’s upcoming training camp and preseason could result in the team opening the year with him as their new kick returner.

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Just don’t be surprised if Beebe ends up being a name people hear a lot about during the Vikings’ training camp this summer. He is definitely someone to keep an eye on.