Leading up to today's official cuts, one of the positions we were all keeping an eye on was the wide receiver depth, primarily the fifth (and assumed final) wide receiver spot.
That battle was apparently up in the air between MN's own Brandon Zylstra and Chad Beebe.
It was a roller coaster this offseason for both wideouts as Zylstra impressed during mini camps and OTAs and Beebe came on during Training Camp and the preseason. Zylstra suffered an injury smack dab in the middle of camp which didn't help his cause, but a solid performance in the fourth preseason game seemingly has given him the edge over Beebe.
According to multiple reports, it will be Zylstra on the final 53 and Beebe on the outside looking in.
Source indicates to me that Stacy Coley and Brandon Zylstra will help round out Vikings WR depth. Still waiting word on Kendall Wright.— Courtney Cronin (@CourtneyRCronin) September 1, 2018
#Vikings are waiving WR Chad Beebe, source said. They want Don's son back on the practice squad if he clears. Has had a solid preseason.— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) September 1, 2018
We might have seen some heavy tactical plays by the Minnesota Vikings when it comes to these WRs the past week that could land both of them under team control for the 2018 season.
It is assumed that Zylstra's track record in the CFL (leading WR and MVP candidate last year) would make him too enticing to place on the practice squad. Another team would swoop in and snatch him up. Beebe on the other hand was a relative unknown who came on strong during camp. When Beebe didn't see any action in Thursday's final preseason game, common thought put him ahead of Zylstra on the depth chart. But seeing these reports, it would now appear as if the Vikings might have held him out of that game to hide him from the rest of the league.
If Beebe had gone out and had another stellar performance catching the ball and on special teams, other team's would have noticed. So you bench him, sit on what you know about him and hope that he clears waivers.
A tactic that again would land both Zylstra (active-53) and Beebe (practice squad) under team control going forward.
That's the best case scenario.
Stay tuned to KFAN.com and @AjKFAN on twitter for the official roster moves when they come down the chute.