Chad Beebe

Vikings Place WR Chad Beebe On IR

Minnesota’s Laquon Treadwell addition occurred after a Chad Beebe injury, and the Vikings will swap out reserve wide receivers on their active roster. The team placed Beebe on IR.

Beebe tore ankle ligaments on Sunday, and while a timetable is not fully known, the young wideout will be shelved for at least eight weeks. The Vikings have not planned a Beebe surgery, per NFL.com’s Tom Pelissero (on Twitter).

The second-generation NFL wide receiver had been operating as Minnesota’s No. 3 wide receiver. Although the Vikings have been the NFL’s run-heaviest team through three games, Beebe did have a 61-yard catch-and-run in Week 2. However, he’s only been targeted twice this season.

The Vikings’ receiver depth chart now houses only Treadwell, whom the team cut before the regular season’s outset, and seventh-round rookie Olabisi Johnson.

Vikings Sign Laquon Treadwell

Laquon Treadwell has come back to where it all started. On Tuesday, the Vikings signed their former first-round pick to a new contract. 

The Vikings cut Treadwell in late August, bringing an unceremonious end to a run that started with tons of hype. The Vikings never got much out of Treadwell after selecting him with the No. 23 overall choice, but they’re willing to see what he can offer in the wake of Chad Beebe‘s injury.

Treadwell might not be destined for stardom, but he’s familiar enough with the Vikings’ offense to give them a reliable fourth receiver this weekend. Meanwhile, they’ll hope for the best with Beebe, who figures to be out for a while with torn ankle ligaments. Beebe serves as the Vikes’ No. 3 wide receiver and punt returner, so others will have to step up in his absence.

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Vikings’ Laquon Treadwell On Trade Block

In three seasons, Laquon Treadwell has not come especially close to justifying his draft slot (No. 23 overall in 2016), and the Vikings predictably did not pick up the wideout’s fifth-year option in May. As training camp has progressed, Treadwell trade rumors persist.

Believed to be available during the draft, Treadwell is back on the trade block, Albert Breer of SI.com notes. Specifically, the emergence of second-year UDFA Chad Beebe has prompted the Vikings to make Treadwell available.

Despite Beebe catching just four passes as a rookie, he and former Broncos backup Jordan Taylor were listed ahead of Treadwell on Minnesota’s initial 2019 depth chart. Although neither Taylor nor Beebe is a sure bet to produce, their depth chart placement is obviously concerning for Treadwell’s 2019 prospects. The former Ole Miss talent has not been able to overcome the slow 40-yard dash time (4.63 seconds) he posted at his pro day, joining receivers Corey Coleman and Josh Doctson as underwhelming out of the 2016 first round. Treadwell finished 2018 with a career-high 35 catches but posted only an 8.6-yard average.

Of Treadwell’s $1.8MM base salary, $1.15MM is guaranteed. The Vikings have both starters, Adam Thielen and Stefon Diggs, now making at least $14MM per year — the first NFL team to have two receivers in this salary bracket. Finding cheap auxiliary help for the veteran-heavy team will continue to be a goal. They just unloaded a fifth-round pick for Kaare Vedvik and perhaps would like to recoup that in a Treadwell trade. The Vikings would likely accept a Day 3 choice for the contract-year receiver, Breer adds.

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Vikings WR Chad Beebe Could Miss Time

Vikings wideout Chad Beebe might miss some time. Chris Tomasson of the St. Paul Pioneer Press tweets that the receiver could miss multiple games with a hamstring injury. Beebe suffered the injury during practice on Wednesday.

If the injury linger, Tomasson wonders if the Vikings would ultimately place the wideout on the injured reserve. If the team wanted some offensive reinforcement as soon as possible, the writer also suggests that the team could promote tight end Cole Hikutini from the practice squad.

Beebe, an undrafted rookie out of Northern Illinois, has already made a name for himself during his short stint with the Vikings. After going undrafted, he caught on with Minnesota, and he landed on the team’s practice squad following the preseason. He was promoted to the active roster earlier this month, and he’s hauled in four receptions for 39 yards. He also compiled a special teams tackle. If he misses any time, wideouts Brandon Zylstra or Aldrick Robinson could see more opportunities on offense.

Hikutini was an undrafted rookie out of Louisville in 2017. The 24-year-old appeared in four games with the 49ers last season, hauling in two receptions for 15 yards. The tight end signed with the Vikings practice squad in early September.

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Vikings Promote WR Chad Beebe

With Stefon Diggs ailing, the Vikings have added some reinforcement at wide receiver. ESPN’s Courtney Cronin reports that Minnesota has promoted wideout Chad Beebe from the practice squad.

The undrafted rookie out of Northern Illinois joined the Vikings shortly after this past year’s draft. Beebe ended up having a standout preseason for the Vikings, hauling in nine catches for 95 yards and two scores. After being cut at the end of the preseason, the wideout joined the team’s practice squad, where he’s spent the entire campaign.

According to Cronin, Beebe has been praised by the coaching staff for his work on the practice squad. The 24-year-old provides a bit of a different look at wideout, as he contributed primarily as a slot receiver throughout his collegiate career. Beebe also saw some run as a punt returner throughout the preseason, but Cronin cautions that he’d only contribute to special teams on “an emergency basis.”

Diggs didn’t practice this week as he recovers from a rib injury. The wideout said he expects to play against the Lions tomorrow, but he was ultimately listed as questionable on the final injury report. While today’s move could solely be for insurance, it may also be a sign that Diggs won’t end up suiting up.

Even if Diggs does miss time, Beebe would likely slide in at the bottom of the Vikings depth chart behind Adam Thielen, Laquon Treadwell, Aldrick Robinson, and Brandon Zylstra.

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Sunday NFL Transactions: NFC North

Listed below are the Sunday roster moves for the four NFC North teams. Following the 53-man roster cutdown deadline yesterday, many teams will make slight tweaks to their rosters, claiming players off waivers or signing guys who clear waivers. Those transactions for the Bears, Lions, Packers, and Vikings are noted below.

Additionally, as of 12:00pm CT today, teams can begin constructing their 10-man practice squads. You can check out our glossary entry on practice squads to brush up on those changes, as well as all the other guidelines that govern the 10-man units, whose players practice with the team but aren’t eligible to suit up on Sundays.

Here are Sunday’s NFC North transactions, which will continue to be updated throughout the day:

Chicago Bears

Signed:

Cut:

Placed on injured reserve:

Detroit Lions

Claimed:

Cut:

Practice squad:

Green Bay Packers

Practice squad:

Minnesota Vikings

Claimed:

Cut:

Practice squad:

Vikings Trim Roster To 53

The Vikings have announced all of their cuts, getting their roster down to 53. Here are the moves:

Waived:

Placed on Reserve/Retired:

Placed on Reserve/Suspended:

Activated from Physically Unable to Perform:

Minor NFL Transactions: 5/7/18

We’ll keep track of today’s minor moves here:

Baltimore Ravens

Kansas City Chiefs

  • Signed: C Tejan Koroma

Minnesota Vikings

New York Giants

New York Jets

Oakland Raiders

Seattle Seahawks