4 candidates to be the Vikings third wide receiver in 2021

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Bisi Johnson

Last year, the Minnesota Vikings made the decision to start Bisi Johnson over Justin Jefferson to kick off the year. That sounds absolutely absurd right now but looking back on the season the rookie ended up having, it’s hard to believe that Johnson had those three starts at all.

Johnson wasn’t very effective as a starter. In those games he was only targeted seven times, hauling in four of those for a total of 80 yards, two first downs, and zero touchdowns. His 2020 as a whole wasn’t very encouraging either, as he ended the season with 14 catches for 189 yards and no touchdowns.

Despite the disappointment of that season, Minnesota must see potential in the 6′ and 204-pound pass-catcher since the Vikings weren’t aggressive in free agency to upgrade their group of receivers.

His experience makes him likely to be the favorite to start heading into training camp and the preseason. However, the lead that Bisi has over the competition might be paper-thin and the others may not have to impress the coaching staff too much in order to move past him on the depth chart.