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Homegrown Vikings WR Bolts for new team in AFC

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Chad Beebe was a perennial Mr. Mankato contender, an informal award bestowed on an unremarkable player who has the potential to be a star emerging from Minnesota Vikings training camp.

Beebe, who went undrafted in 2018, spent four seasons as a bubbler and held on through training camp cuts and practice team placements to become the Vikings’ No. 3 wide receiver in 2020.

Beebe, who was coming off his best season to date last offseason, suffered a foot injury in the 2021 preseason finals that required foot surgery and was ultimately dropped from the roster.

Beebe has been quiet during his recovery and his purple and gold era officially came to an end last week when he signed elsewhere in the NFL.

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The Houston Texans announced this on June 8th The team signed Beebelikely in a year-long tryout with the former Minnesota wide receiver.

Before injuring his foot, Beebe had had the best year of his career in 2020. As the Vikings’ third receiver option behind Adam Thielen and Justin Jefferson, Beebe caught 20 passes for 201 yards and two touchdowns — most notably a redeeming game-winning grab against the Carolina Panthers.

After muting a punt return the Panthers recovered and scored on subsequent possession, Beebe redeemed himself with a touchdown catch with 46 seconds remaining on rule to level the game and set up a game-winning extra point from Dan Bailey. It was Beebe’s first career touchdown in the NFL.

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Beebe was a development project of the former Minnesota regime, and while he displayed lightning-fast playmaking skills in 2020, his injury history proved not enough for the new Vikings regime to kick the 28-year-old receiver in the hoops. After being pulled from the practice team in 2018, Beebe missed five of eight remaining games with a hamstring injury.

He also missed the final 13 games of the 2019 regular season with an ankle injury.

Chad, the son of former Buffalo Bills and Green Bay Packers wide receiver Don Beebe, will have a chance to continue his NFL career in Houston as Minnesota’s offense enters a new era.

ESPN’s Dan Orlovsky recently ranked the skills of Vikings players (running backs, tight ends, and receivers) the second-best unit in the NFC — only behind the Los Angeles Rams.

“The Minnesota Vikings have by implication a dominant ability group,” Orlovsky said. “Obviously Justin Jefferson isn’t [just] one of the young best but one of the best receivers in football. Add to [Adam] Thielen, sure as they come – Dalvin Cook is not only a traffic jam in this stretch zone scheme, but also a danger when catching a pass.

“I love KJ Osborn, who came in as the No. 3 wide receiver last year. And then Irv Smith becomes the fifth pass catching option for them as an offensive unit.”

While the Vikings’ skill players have made a name for themselves in recent years while flirting with greatness, newly hired head coach Kevin O’Connell could elevate this group to even greater standing in the NFL.

The Vikings Offensive with Kirk Cousins ​​has finished 19th (2018), 8th (2019), 11th (2020) and 14th (2021) in points scored over the past four seasons in which each Year saw a new offensive coordinator.

“I love KJ Osborn, who came in as the No. 3 wide receiver last year. And then Irv Smith becomes the fifth pass catching option for them as an offensive unit.”

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