Michigan State Wide receivers Jalen Naylor (8) and Tight & Cameron Allen (82). © Junfu Han / USA Today Network.
According to the Minnesota Vikings Upstart WR KJ Osborn is not a complete shoe-in for WR3 duty in 2022, KFANPaul AllenThose who act as the radio “Voice of the Vikings” on game days.
In fact, Allen recommends fans Keep an eye on Jalen Naylor, a Rocky Wide receiver from Michigan State.
Nyler was a product of the 2022 Vikings Draft class and the only wide receiver to snatch. Interestingly, Nyler was a direct trade compensation to Kansas City Chiefs in 2021 from Rick Spielman’s Mike Hughes trade. The Vikings got Naylor, where Kansas City used Hughes’ service for one season. Hughes signed with the Detroit Lions through a free agency in March.
The “complaint” made by Allen – in an unsolicited manner – is significant. Generally speaking, +200 is not a longshot. Against the backdrop, the Vikings have +275 to win the NFC North in 2022. Either Allen is personally superior to Nailor based on his assessment – or he knows something about Nailor’s rookie trajectory from within Vikings circles that others don’t know.
At the time of the draft in April, wide receiver coach Keenan McCardel was reported to be “table pounded” for Naylor, an indicator that Michigan State alumni would be included in the 2022 regular season plan. But some believe, at least before Allen’s prediction, that Naylor will win a WR3 job this summer.
Why? Well, KJ Osborne won the job in 2021 by registering 655 receiving yards and seven touchdowns. Minnesota has been thirsty for a WR3 since the days of Jarius Wright, with Lacon auditioning for men like Treadwell and Chad Bieber. Osborn was the first non-Thiellen, non-Diggs, non-Jefferson WR for the Vikings since Greg Jennings in 2014 to earn 500+ receiving tards and 5+ TDs in one season.
And when a man dies for a bonafide WR3 to a team like his maintenance, he plays a responsible role.
Nevertheless, Allen maintains a Nailer is not a loose Nailer 5’11 “, smooth, and was a big game threat in the state of Michigan. As a Spartan in 2021, he averaged 18.8 yards per catch, a new look for the Vikings, predicted to make a saliva with the offense led by Kevin O’Connell.
Allen’s half-prediction is also interesting because BC Johnson is returning from injury in 2022, the last year of his contract. Some have predicted Osborne to take the next step in the WR2 region, while others, including quarterback Kirk Cousin, have a “BC alert” mentality.
Allen’s Naylor theory is just another to observe.
The Vikings compulsory minicamp will begin June 7.
Dustin Baker is a political scientist who graduated from the University of Minnesota in 2007. Subscribe to her daily YouTube channel, VikesNow. She Hosts a podcast With Bryant McKinney, which airs every Wednesday Raun Sai And Sally from Minneapolis. His Viking Fandom dates back to 1996. Listed Criminal Pleasures: Peanut Butter Ice Cream, ‘The Sopranos’ and The Doors (Band).