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Vikings’ No. 3 receiver spot is Chad Beebe’s job to lose

Chad Beebe

The son of Buffalo Bills legend Don Beebe, Minnesota Vikings receiver Chad Beebe — previously undrafted in 2018 — is moving his way up the depth chart. So much so, that he’s shaping to be the team’s No. 3 receiver adjacent stars Stefon Diggs and Adam Thielen.

Head coach Mike Zimmer talked about the position on Inside Training Camp Live and gave a vote of confidence in Beebe.

“Chad Beebe’s been doing a really nice job. He’s been playing some inside and some outside. He’s a guy that we found in one of the [undrafted rookie] workouts that has great acceleration… He’s a guy that doesn’t have to slow down out of his breaks. So he’s breaking full speed.”

NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero noted that former first-round pick Laquon Treadwell has had a solid camp with the backups, but Beebe’s the current starter.

More known for his last name, Beebe only caught three passes with the Vikings last year while dealing with injuries. But, they must’ve seen the promise in him and kept him on for 2019.

The 5-foot-10 Beebe wasn’t a star at North Illinois but remained productive for four seasons. He finished his college tenure with 64 catches for 930 yards and three touchdowns. His acceleration and speed that Zimmer notes helped him as a kick returner. As a senior, he caught 12 kick returners and turned it into 297 yards on an average of 24.8 per attempt.

If he does make the starting lineup, as a versatile slot, the Vikings will have one of the NFL’s best starting trios without having a first-rounder in it.