4 under-the-radar Vikings who could make an impact in 2020

(Photo by Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images) Alexander Hollins
(Photo by Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images) Alexander Hollins /
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 Alexander Hollins – WR

The Vikings wide receiver corps was the talk of the offseason. Minnesota traded away star pass-catcher Stefon Diggs to the Buffalo Bills and then the Vikings signed former Tennessee Titans receiver Tajae Sharpe in free agency to provide some veteran leadership next season.

In this year’s NFL Draft, Minnesota used the pick in the Diggs deal to get former LSU receiver Justin Jefferson. The Vikings also drafted K.J. Osborn in the fifth round and signed a very promising pass-catcher who went undrafted, in Quartney Davis.

While everyone is busy trying to figure out which of these players will join Adam Thielen and Bisi Johnson on the depth chart in 2020, they are leaving out one promising member of the receiving corps.

Alexander Hollins was an undrafted free agent from a year ago and he worked his way into being active for four games in 2019. Hollins caught two passes for 46 yards last year and has decent size at 6-foot-1.

One advantage Hollins has over Osborn and Davis is that he’s already got a year of experience under his belt. He’s been through a training camp and has been catching passes from Kirk Cousins.

He understands Minnesota’s offense, though it’ll be a little bit different under Gary Kubiak. These young players coming in are learning from scratch and they are far behind almost everyone else with the loss of OTAs and mini-camps this year.

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While it’s fun to speculate whether Osborn or Davis will make the team, there’s a good chance that it’s actually Hollins who is named the Vikings’ fifth receiver for the 2020 season.