Minnesota Vikings 2023 mid-season rookie report card

How are the Minnesota Vikings rookies doing halfway though the season?

Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Jordan Addison
Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Jordan Addison / Patrick McDermott/GettyImages
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First-Round Pick: Jordan Addison - WR (USC)

Stats: 41 catches, 534 yards, 7 touchdowns

Jordan Addison is off to a great start, easily exceeding everyone's expectations. Addison’s first six games, where he was listed as the Vikings' WR2, started off decently, as he recorded 19 receptions for 249 yards and three touchdowns.

He was forced to take over the role of WR1 after Justin Jefferson’s injury, and that is when Addison really started to break out.

In his last four games, J-Addy. as he is lovingly known, has hauled in 22 receptions for 284 yards and four touchdowns. Addison isn't the biggest receiver out there, but he shows up in big games and against big competition.

He balled out on Monday Night Football against the 49ers and then followed that up by making Jaire Alexander look foolish, which made the Pro Bowl corner resort to calling it a "fluke" in his post-game interview.

While he won't have Kirk Cousins throwing him the ball for the remainder of the season, attention won't be on him so much when Jefferson returns, so his solid production should continue.

Addison appears to be the next great Vikings wide receiver, and he looks like a real contender for Offensive Rookie of the Year.