As the Vikings sort through candidates for their No. 3 receiver job, they can pick from a range of different skill sets: Rookie Dillon Mitchell and second-year man Jeff Badet bring more long speed to the group, while 2019 draft pick Bisi Johnson excelled with his quickness in college. Brandon Zylstra and Chad Beebe — when they’re healthy — provide a physical option and a smooth route-runner.
Before any of them makes a strong play for a bigger role in the Vikings offense, however, they’ll have to get a better handle on the basics.
The story summed it up well: It remains to be seen how much the Vikings will lean on a third receiver. They could make greater use of two-tight end sets this fall, with second-round pick Smith joining Rudolph, and spend less time with three receivers on the field. The Vikings will still need options beyond Adam Thielen and Stefon Diggs, though, and competition among their young players, as well as such veterans as Taylor and Treadwell, figures to continue through camp.
Sanders is battling an ankle injury. He returned last week against the Eagles but finished the game on the sidelines in a blowout loss. Sanders has a good matchup this week but the Broncos QB play could keep him in check.
Oct 20, 2017 · 6:56 PM EDT
Broncos WR Emmanuel Sanders (ankle, out) missed practice all week and is out for Week 7. He’s not expected to play this week. Bennie Fowler is a Sneaky Start against the Chargers. He had 8 targets in a season-high 75% of the snaps against the Giants. The 26-year-old has pretty good athletic measurables and has had productive moments in the past. Jordan Taylor will also see extra snaps.