EAGAN, Minn. – The Vikings had a new receiver at practice Wednesday.
Minnesota signed former Dolphin Albert Wilson, who was all smiles coming off the field after his first session with new teammates.
"Oh, man. Explosive plays, exciting offense – I think I can come and fit right in," said Wilson, who noted he's undeterred by a "crowded" receivers room. "That's exciting. We're gonna sharpen each other and put our best foot forward, and whoever comes out, I know it's going to be a good squad."
Vikings Head Coach Kevin O'Connell said there's value to Wilson's league experience.
"Adding Albert, obviously, is adding a veteran player with a skill set we like. We like our receivers group right now," O'Connell said.
He also acknowledged receivers Ihmir Smith-Marsette and K.J. Osborn being sidelined.
The first-year head coach said Smith-Marsette won't participate in Thursday's Organized Team Activity practice or next week's minicamp.
"His spring is pretty much over just based upon the timing of things. But we expect him to make a full recovery and be ready to roll for training camp," O'Connell said. "It's really just a precautionary thing, making sure we handled it now so he can get off to a good start – have a good four, five weeks in the summer to prep for training camp and be ready to roll."
Asked for details, O'Connell simply designated it as a "lower leg" injury that occurred during a practice session closed to media.
"I'm not a doctor, so I don't want to throw out exactly what it is. I just play one on TV," he quipped. "Lower leg, he'll be fine for training camp.
"It's a good test for a young player when you do suffer an injury or a setback, not letting it affect you in the meeting room," O'Connell added. "He's still dialed in, front and center every day."
Of Osborn, O'Connell said it was "a little something" that came up but is "nothing serious."
O'Connell said Osborn might be able to hit the field next week, but he pointed out the Vikings will be patient.
"This time of year, as much as we've stressed these guys to learn and absorb this system, the last thing we want to do is stress them when we really don't have to," O'Connell said. [Executive Director of Player Health and Performance] Tyler [Williams] and [Head Athletic Trainer] Uriah [Myrie] are doing a great job with all of our guys.
"Anytime you have a 90-man roster and you're out playing football in any capacity, ultimately there are going to be things that come up," O'Connell added. "But that group and that receivers group, they come out and work every day. You have to take care of them every once in a while and when they come out, make sure they're fresh."
The group is led by Justin Jefferson and Adam Thielen, who have embraced new roles and responsibilities in this system.
"Obviously with Justin and Adam, they're doing a really, really nice job absorbing things, understanding they're not going to just be in one spot, they're not going to just be in one location," O'Connell said. "They're playing all over the place, doing a lot of different jobs in our offense. When we do have three receivers on the field, we are going to have competition and use the skill sets of all the guys that end up being able to help us."
View photos from the Vikings OTA practice which took place on May 31 at the TCO Performance Center.
Wilson has delivered plenty of big plays during his time with Kansas City (2014-17) and Miami (2018-21). Six of his 12 career touchdown receptions have been 42 yards or longer.
"That's what I came up doing, stretching the field," Wilson said. "I got in the league and they kind of changed things, but I'm pretty versatile. So whatever they ask me to do I think I can get done."
The big plays include his first score, which occurred against the Vikings at the University of Minnesota in 2015.
"It was exciting," Wilson said. "The first one, you're always going to remember it."
Now he will focus on getting "up to speed" as fast as possible.
"Two days ago I was back home training, and now I'm here," Wilson said. "I'm very excited for the opportunity and to be up here and to get to work."