Minnesota Vikings : It’s been talked about all offseason. Minnesota boasts the league’s best 1-2 duo at receiver in Stefon Diggs and Adam Thielen, but after that, who will the Vikings turn to? The Minnesota Vikings finished the 2018 season with an 8-7-1 record that kept them out of the playoffs. This was a massive disappointment for a team that had Super Bowl aspirations.
On the Vikings’ first unofficial depth chart released Monday, Beebe was listed as the backup to Thielen at one of the receiver positions, while free-agent signee Jordan Taylor was behind Diggs. It’s really a battle between those two — former first-round pick Laquon Treadwell might not even make the team and if he does, he’s shown he can’t be trusted with that role. Beebe, a 2018 undrafted free agent, caught all four balls thrown his way last season for 39 yards. Without reading too much into this, it probably bodes well for Beebe’s chances that Minnesota decided to mic him up at a practice earlier this week. Is it Beebe’s job to lose? Other options like the speedy Jeff Badet, Brandon Zylstra and Bisi Johnson will fight for the final two or three spots on the roster.
NFL career playing for New Orleans, where his son was born on Aug. 9, 1998. While Smith Jr. spent much of his childhood in Scottdale, Arizona, he played high school football at Brother Martin in New Orleans.
“It’s crazy how everything worked out,” Smith said of his birthday-in-his-hometown NFL debut.
Like his father, Smith is a tight end, and he said he’d gotten some advice from his dad as he moved from Alabama to the NFL as a second-round draft selection on April 26.
“Just take every day one day at a time and just focus on something to improve on each day because you know nobody’s perfect,” Smith said. “And I’m a rookie coming in, so there’s so much I’m trying to improve on and just prove to everybody else.”
During the off-season, the Vikings bolstered their offensive line, using their first-round draft pick on center Garrett Bradbury out of North Carolina State. They also hired Gary Kubiak as offensive assistant to help the team transition into a run-heavy offensive philosophy. The Vikings should be a playoff contender in 2019 with a strong defense led by defensive backs Harrison Smith and Xavier Rhodes, defensive linemen Danielle Hunter and Linval Joseph, as well as linebacker Anthony Barr. They also have weapons throughout their offense like wide receivers Adam Thielen and Stefon Diggs, in addition to running back Dalvin Cook and quarterback Kirk Cousins. The Vikings enter the 2019 season with the 14th-most difficult schedule, according to Sharp Football’s Strength of Schedule Model. Let’s take a look at the Vikings eight easiest games in of the upcoming season.