EAGAN, Minn. - The Vikings announced Wednesday they have agreed to terms with wide receiver Tajae Sharpe.
Originally selected by the Titans with the 140th overall pick in 2016, Sharpe spent the first four seasons of his NFL career in Tennessee, but he missed the 2017 campaign with a foot injury.
Sharpe started six of 15 games played for the Titans in 2019. He recorded 25 catches for 329 yards (13.2 average) and a career-high four touchdowns.
Here are five things to know about the Vikings new receiver:
1. Debuted against Minnesota
Sharpe made his NFL debut against the Vikings.
He made seven catches for 76 yards in the 2016 season opener in Tennessee, but Minnesota prevailed 25-16. The 76 yards are the second-most he's posted in a game.
2. East Coast roots
Sharpe grew up in New Jersey and attended Piscataway Township High School, where he played receiver and safety.
As a senior, he served as a team captain and was named the MSG Athlete of the Year. Sharpe helped lead Piscataway to a pair of state championship titles in 2010 and 2011.
Sharpe stayed on the East Coast for his college career, playing for Massachusetts.
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3. Made his mark at UMass
Sharpe started eight games as a freshman at UMass in 2012, finishing his first season with 20 catches for 2016 yards.
He led the Minutemen in receiving the next two seasons, totaling 146 catches for 1,961 yards and 11 touchdowns.
As a senior in 2015, he led the nation with 111 receptions and totaled 1,319 receiving yards and five touchdowns. He set school records for career receptions (277) and receiving yards (3,486), as well as receptions in a game (15).
Sharpe had two 77-yard receptions for the Minutemen.
4. Loves the game
It's not uncommon for Sharpe to have a football in his hand, game day or not.
According to his Titans bio, Sharpe "was so excited to get into football mode" that on the first day of rookie minicamp in 2016, he brought his own football.
Sharpe says "he usually goes to sleep with it and carries one around as much as he can, just because."
5. Hip-hop group
The bio also noted that Sharpe is a member of the hip hop/rap group "GMR," which stands for "Get Money Regardless." The group records at a studio in New Jersey and released a mixtape in 2019.
Sharpe began rapping during his freshman year of college.