3 Vikings players who should be benched before Week 15 vs. the Bengals

Which Minnesota Vikings players should be sent to the bench before the team's next game

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2. K.J. Osborn - WR

Something has been off about Vikings wide receiver K.J. Osborn this season, and unfortunately for him, it's all been taking place during a contract year.

Osborn has dropped seven passes this season, according to PFF, more than any other player on Minnesota's roster, and tied for the second most in the NFL heading into Week 15.

Three of his seven drops have happened during the Vikings' last two games, including two in the team's latest win over the Raiders. Osborn just can't seem to hang onto the ball this season.

These drops are especially surprising since Osborn only had a total of two drops during his entire NFL career (which began in 2020) before the start of the 2023 campaign.

So even if Justin Jefferson is unable to play on Saturday against the Bengals, Osborn shouldn't begin the game as Minnesota's No. 2 or No. 3 wide receiver. He's just become too unreliable recently and guys like Brandon Powell and Jalen Nailor deserve to show what they can do out on the field with a larger role.