6 most surprising Vikings of the 2019 season so far

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(Photo by Nuccio DiNuzzo/Getty Images) Bisi Johnson
(Photo by Nuccio DiNuzzo/Getty Images) Bisi Johnson /

Bisi Johnson – WR

Bisi Johnson was a bit of an afterthought following the 2019 NFL Draft. The Vikings took him with a late seventh-round pick to not much fanfare. There was more buzz about the other seventh-round receiver Minnesota took, Dillon Mitchell, as his combination of size and speed had some folks excited.

However, Johnson worked his butt off in OTAs and training camp and he slowly began to ascend up the depth chart.

He had some standout performances in the preseason that opened the eyes of many on the Vikings’ coaching staff thanks to his sharp route running and sure hands. Johnson ended up making Minnesota’s final 53-man roster and he found himself fourth on the team’s wide receiver depth chart at the start of the regular season.

When Chad Beebe hurt his ankle in Week 3, Johnson got his opportunity. He started getting some targets against the Chicago Bears in Week 4 and since then, he has caught everything thrown his way while also gaining the trust and confidence of quarterback Kirk Cousins.

So far this year, Johnson has caught nine passes for 94 yards. That may not seem like much but for a seventh-round rookie who was a long shot to make the team, that is very surprising indeed.