5 most underhyped Vikings heading into the 2020 season

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Bisi Johnson – WR

The Vikings receiving corps has gotten a lot of attention this offseason and for good reason. The team made waves when it sent Stefon Diggs to the Buffalo Bills for draft picks. They made even more noise when they used the first-round pick acquired in that trade to take LSU’s, Justin Jefferson.

Being the team’s first draft pick of 2020, Jefferson has received the most attention. Fans and analysts are trying to predict how he will fit into the Vikings’ offense and how quickly he could have an impact. Focus has also been given to the free agent they signed from Tennessee, Tajae Sharpe, and the other receiver the team took in the draft, K.J. Osborn. Even undrafted wide receiver Quartney Davis has generated plenty of talk. While these players are shiny and new and full of wonder, perhaps more attention should be given to a proven commodity like Bisi Johnson.

Johnson came out of nowhere a season ago to not just make the team, but carve out a role for himself in the offense. Johnson isn’t exceptionally fast, or athletically gifted, but used a combination of solid route running and steady hands, to earn the trust of Kirk Cousins and caught over 30 balls as a rookie.

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While those other receivers all come with question marks, the Vikings know what they are getting with Johnson. He will have a huge leg up on the competition, as he’s familiar with the Vikings’ offense already, and has a rapport with the quarterback. It’s entirely possible Bisi starts the season as the team’s second receiver and vastly improves on his rookie numbers.