Justin Jefferson is expected to emerge over Sharpe for a Week 1 starting job, Andrew Krammer of the Star Tribune reports.
Sharpe was penciled in as Minnesota's No. 2 wide receiver after signing a one-year, $1 million contract in late March, but there was never any question the team would add more talent at his position. Jefferson is a first-round pick coming off an 18-touchdown season at LSU, while Sharpe is a 2016 fifth-round selection who averaged 24.8 receiving yards in 47 games with the Titans the past four years. The two may duke it out for a starting job in training camp, but Jefferson will have the edge if it's close.
Sharpe's one-year, $1 million contract with the Vikings includes $675,000 guaranteed and another $500,000 available via incentives, Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports.
The willingness to guarantee a large portion of the contract suggests the Vikings expect Sharpe to have a spot on the 53-man roster, though it probably wouldn't be enough to keep him safe if he were to struggle throughout training camp and preseason. While he might currently profile as the team's No. 2 receiver, Sharpe likely will have to battle for every snap and target, potentially facing competition from Bisi Johnson, Chad Beebe and a rookie or two.
Sharpe agreed Wednesday with the Vikings on a one-year contract, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
Sharpe started 29 of his 47 games for Tennessee over the past four years, catching 92 of 165 targets (55.8 percent) for 1,167 yards (7.1 per target, 12.7 per catch) and eight touchdowns. He won't come close to replacing Stefon Diggs, but the 25-year-old will at least give the Vikings a sorely needed competent body at wide receiver.
Sharpe recorded 25 receptions for 329 yards and four touchdowns across 15 games with the Titans during the 2019 season.
Sharpe played a limited role for much of the season, but he had productive spells as a depth option among the Titans' pass-catching corps. His peak performance of the campaign came in Week 16 against the Saints, when he caught two touchdowns. Though he has never replicated the results of his rookie campaign -- he hauled in 41 passes for 522 yards in 2016 -- Sharpe could find himself with an increased role as he is set to become a free agent for the first time in his career.
Sharpe hauled in one of his two targets for 13 yards in the team's Week 17 win over the Texans.
Sharpe failed to follow up on his two-touchdown performance against the Saints, falling into the background of the Titans' passing attack. He ended the season with very similar numbers to the 2018 campaign, racking up 25 receptions for 329 yards and four touchdowns. The 2016 fifth-round pick is concluding the final year of his rookie contract, meaning he could join a new team in search of an expanded role in 2020. However, given Sharpe's stagnant production since his rookie season, he's unlikely to be signed as a core piece of any team. Prior to searching for a new deal, Sharpe will serve as the team's third receiver in its first-round playoff matchup at New England.
Sharpe hauled in five of six targets for 69 yards and a pair of touchdowns in the team's Week 16 loss to the Saints.
Sharpe turned in his best game of the season, doubling his touchdown total in the process. Both of his trips to the end zone came in the second half, the first on a 36-yard play during which Sharpe caught a short pass over the middle of the field before outracing defenders to find the end zone. He followed that up with a spectacular 7-yard catch over Janoris Jenkins in the back of the end zone halfway through the fourth quarter. Though he did the majority of his damage prior to Corey Davis (concussion) exiting the game, Sharpe could be in a strong position to produce again if Davis is forced to miss the team's Week 17 matchup against the Texans.
Sharpe hauled in both of his targets to record 28 yards in the team's Week 15 loss to the Texans.
Sharpe was projected to see an increased role in the absence of Adam Humphries (ankle), though Corey Davis and Jonnu Smith both outplayed him. More positively, he turned both of his targets into productive plays, recording receptions of 16 and 12 yards. Still, Sharpe has failed to surpass 35 yards in any game since his Week 3 outburst against the Jaguars, and his role isn't projected to get any larger before the close of the season.
Sharpe is expected to handle a regular role in three-receiver sets Sunday against the Texans with Adam Humphries (ankle) ruled out for the contest.
Humphries was also sidelined for last week's win over the Raiders, allowing Sharpe to handle his second-biggest offensive snap share (48 percent) since Week 4. During that outing, Sharpe caught all four of his targets for 25 yards, so his fantasy upside should remain fairly low even though he'll benefit from another plus matchup against a leaky Houston secondary. A.J. Brown and Corey Davis profile as the best fantasy options among Tennessee's pass catchers.
Sharpe hauled in all four of his targets for 25 yards in the team's Week 14 win over the Raiders.
Sharpe got off to a fast start, recording three of his receptions on the team's first drive. While he managed to turn in a perfect catch rate, he failed to work down the field in any meaningful way, notching catches of seven, nine, one and eight yards. Though he finished second on the team in receptions, Sharpe has produced only sporadically this season and has slipped behind rookie wideout A.J. Brown on the depth chart.
Sharpe (hamstring) is active for Sunday's Week 14 tilt against the Raiders.
Sharpe was able to gain active status despite having downgraded to limited practice participation Friday. The 24-year-old wideout could be slated for an expanded role behind starters Corey Davis and A.J. Brown with Adam Humphries (ankle) ruled out for the contest.
Sharpe (hamstring) is questionable for Sunday's game at Oakland, Erik Bacharach of The Tennessean reports.
Sharpe appeared to be past the hamstring injury after practicing fully early in the week, but he was downgraded to limited participation at Friday's practice. The 24-year-old is now in danger of missing his second consecutive game with his availability up in the air.
Sharpe (hamstring) was a full participant in Monday's practice.
Sharpe's hamstring injury prevented him from suiting up in the Week 13 win over Indianapolis, but he now looks back to full health. Expect the 24-year old to fill his usual role as a depth wideout Sunday in Oakland.
Sharpe (hamstring) is inactive for Sunday's game against the Colts.
With Sharpe out, Kalif Raymond figures to see added snaps Sunday behind fellow receivers Corey Davis, A.J. Brown and Adam Humphries.
Sharpe has been downgraded to questionable for Sunday's game Colts due to a hamstring injury, Turron Davenport of ESPN.com reports.
Sharpe was limited at Wednesday's practice due to the hamstring issue but subsequently practiced in full the rest of the week. However, it looks like he suffered some type of setback, as he has landed back on the injury report less than 24 hours from kickoff. His final status will likely depend on how he reacts to warmups. Kalif Raymond could potentially see some snaps at wide receiver should he ultimately sit out.
Sharpe (hamstring) was a full participant in Thursday's practice, Paul Kuharsky of 104.5 The Zone Nashville reports.
Sharp was limited in practice due to a hamstring issue Wednesday, but he now appears back to full health. Barring any setbacks, expect the 24-year-old to play his usual depth role in Tennessee's receiver corps in Indianapolis on Sunday.
Sharpe was a limited participant in Wednesday's practice due to a hamstring injury, Jim Wyatt of the Titans' official site reports.
Sharpe appears to have picked up a hamstring issue in Week 12's win over the Jaguars, during which he wasn't targeted. If the depth wideout were forced to miss any time, Kalif Raymond and Cody Hollister would stand to play increased snaps behind Corey Davis, A.J. Brown and Adam Humphries.
Sharpe hauled in his only target for 20 yards in the team's Week 10 win over the Chiefs.
Sharpe seemingly had a chance to emerge as the Titans' second outside receiver in the absence of Corey Davis (hip). However, that didn't come to fruition as he had just the one target. Titans wideouts combined to see seven targets -- their tight ends and backs combined for 12 -- greatly limiting Sharpe's ability to produce.
Sharpe recorded two receptions on four targets for 31 yards in the team's Week 9 loss to the Panthers.
Sharpe failed to haul in a touchdown for a third consecutive game, though he did manage a season-best four targets. He was also on the field for 33 snaps -- his highest mark since Week 4. However, he remains behind the likes of Corey Davis, A.J. Brown and Adam Humphries as far as priority in the offensive gamplan, meaning he'll see volatile target volume at best going forward.
Sharpe caught all three of his targets for 18 yards and a touchdown in Week 8 in against Tampa Bay.
Sharpe once again took on a limited role in the Titans' offense, as his six targets were tied for fifth most on the team. While he showed little downfield ability -- his longest reception of the day went for seven yards -- he managed to find the end zone for the second consecutive week. Sharpe's score came late in the first quarter, when Ryan Tannehill delivered a perfect fade pass to the back corner of the end zone from six yards away. Despite the recent production, Sharpe will need to get more consistent targets in the offense to be a trustworthy fantasy option.
Sharpe hauled in two of his three targets for 19 yards and a touchdown in Week 7 against the Chargers.
Sharpe wasn't heavily involved in the offense, but he managed to grab a go-ahead touchdown early in the fourth quarter. His score came from five yards away, with Ryan Tannehill finding him wide open in the back of the end zone. Still, Sharpe has managed multiple receptions in just three games this season, and he'll continue to have a limited role in the passing game behind the likes of A.J. Brown, Corey Davis and Adam Humphries.
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