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Report: Keenan McCardell to become Vikings wide receivers coach

A new face with a familiar name

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According to reports, there’s a new wide receivers coach in town for the Minnesota Vikings, and his arrival could start a chain of events that would lead to the purple filling their offensive coordinator position.

Multiple sources on social media, including Courtney Cronin of ESPN, are reporting that the Vikings will be hiring former NFL receiver Keenan McCardell as their new receivers coach. McCardell most recently spent the last four seasons in the same role with the Jacksonville Jaguars.

McCardell had a long career in the National Football League as a player. He was drafted in the twelfth round of the 1991 NFL Draft by the artists formerly known as the Washington Redskins. He spent the early part of his career in Washington and Cleveland, where he didn’t rack up a lot of numbers, but his career really took off when he got to Jacksonville in 1997. In his six years with the Jaguars, he caught 499 passes for 6,393 yards and 30 touchdowns.

For his career, McCardell wound up catching 883 passes for 11,373 yards and 63 scores.

Prior to becoming the receivers coach in Jacksonville, he spent two years coaching receivers at the University of Maryland, where he worked with a guy that you may have heard of named Stefon Diggs.

As Cronin’s tweet notes, the wide receivers coach position for the Vikings is currently held by Andrew Janocko. With McCardell coming in to coach the receivers, the expectation seems to be that Janocko would kick over to being the quarterbacks coach, with current quarterback coach Klint Kubiak moving into the role of offensive coordinator that was vacated when his father, Gary, officially retired last week.

Got all that?

It isn’t official yet, but it sounds like the wheels are in motion for everything to happen the way we’ve listed above. Once it does become official and all the moves are made, we’ll let you know.

Welcome to Minnesota, Keenan McCardell!