Young Vikings receiver K.J. Osborn emerges as playmaker on offense

The coaching staff used called it “Poodle” if someone did so without being hit, Osborn explained, and it carried a consequence of having to push a weighted plate at practice the following day. This encouraged players to fight for extra yards no matter where they are on the field.

“We always stayed in bounds or took the hit,” said Osborn, who played three years of college ball at Buffalo before transferring for a final season at Miami. “It was just practicing good habits and being able to break a tackle and get a first down.”

And that lesson learned paid off for Osborn in the Vikings season opener Sunday in Cincinnati.

With the Vikings struggling to get anything going on offense — penalties were largely responsible for the lack of firepower — Osborn, 24, a fifth-round draft pick in 2020, sparked the team with an incredible effort midway through the second quarter.

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After catching a pass from quarterback Kirk Cousins on third-and-long, Osborn broke a tackle, tiptoed along the sideline, then hurdled all-pro safety Jessie Bates to pick

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