The Vikings have one of the best in the NFL topping their receiving depth chart in Adam Thielen. But after the sure-handed star, there is nothing but question marks.
Bisi Johnson is coming off a solid rookie season. He found the end zone a few times in 2019 and he was a reliable option in the passing game for Kirk Cousins, catching almost everything that came his way.
His solid debut was a welcome one, but it’s unclear if he’ll find the same success in year two. The team added more competition through free agency and the draft this offseason and Johnson will have to work very hard, once again, to see a similar number of targets come his way in 2020.
Minnesota brought in veteran receiver Tajae Sharpe in free agency this year. While he has good size and he is still young, he has never caught more than 41 balls in a season or topped 525 yards. Sharpe is definitely not going to make anyone forget Stefon Diggs.
The rest of the Vikings receiving corps is mostly rookies and second-year players with plenty to prove. Justin Jefferson was taken to try and make up for the loss of Diggs and while he has the talent to succeed early in his NFL career, it often takes receivers at least a year to make a big impact for their team. To expect Jefferson to come in and provide the production Diggs did a season ago is too much to ask.
While Minnesota’s receiving depth chart is arguably deeper than it was a season ago, it is missing the top-end talent it had when Diggs was still on the team. The lack of experience from top to bottom also makes it a weak group overall and it’s probably a year away from being considered a strong unit.