Chad Beebe ‘making a name for himself’ with the Vikings this year

(Photo by Stephen Maturen/Getty Images) Chad Beebe
(Photo by Stephen Maturen/Getty Images) Chad Beebe /

In his second year with the team, the young Minnesota Vikings wide receiver has been impressing his coaches with his performance this offseason.

Undrafted out of Northern Illinois, Chad Beebe was given the chance to try out for the Minnesota Vikings last year. Beebe made the most of his opportunity and he ended up doing enough to land a spot on the Vikings’ roster.

During the preseason last year, he had some very impressive moments. Beebe was ultimately signed to Minnesota’s practice squad and he eventually was able to appear in three of the team’s games last season.

His production in 2018 was nothing to rave about, but the young wide receiver could become a bigger factor for the Vikings’ offense during the upcoming season.

During this year’s OTA practices and Minnesota’s current minicamp, Beebe is a player that many seem to be impressed with. Vikings offensive coordinator Kevin Stefanski spoke on Wednesday about the second-year pass catcher and what he’s seen so far from him.

"“Chad’s doing a nice job. I think last year he showed up at rookie minicamp and really didn’t have a name for himself, he was just Don Beebe’s son. But he’s played in some games and then you see him out here making a few plays, I think he’s making a name for himself. I will give the kid credit, he comes out here and he works.”"

Beebe is currently one of several players who are attempting to land Minnesota’s No. 3 receiver job for 2019. He’s also one of the few who are being considered for the Vikings’ vacant punt returner role.

Beebe certainly isn’t ever going to be the biggest guy out on the field (listed at 5-foot-10, 183 pounds). But he makes up for his size with his quickness and his ability to just get open.

Last season, Beebe struggled a bit with a hamstring injury and it resulted in him missing five games while he was on Minnesota’s active roster.

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So if he can manage to stay healthy, the 25-year-old receiver has the potential to do some big things for the Vikings’ offense and their special teams in 2019. He just has to make sure he stays out on the field or else his opportunities will be given to someone else.