Posted: 4/06/2020 8:22 pm UTC
Minnesota Vikings TE Irv Smith could have a bigger role in the passing game next season because of the trade of WR Stefon Diggs to the Buffalo Bills.
Huddle Up: Smith had a decent rookie season with 311 yards and two touchdowns. He should receive more targets next season and could be a No. 2 tight end in fantasy leagues.
Posted: 4/05/2020 2:12 am UTC
Minnesota Vikings TE Irv Smith could see his target share increase in 2020 following the trade of WR Stefon Diggs to the Buffalo Bills and the hiring of offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak, in the opinion Courtney Cronin of ESPN.com. In Kubiak's 21 seasons as a coach or coordinator, tight ends have received an average of 23 percent of the targets.
Huddle Up: Smith had a pedestrian rookie year, finishing with 36 catches for 311 yards. Those numbers should improve in 2020, but as long as fellow tight end Kyle Rudolph also remains in the mix, Smith's upside is going to be limited. He's more of a dynasty asset at this point.
Posted: 11/11/2019 6:07 am UTC
Minnesota Vikings TE Irv Smith had five receptions for 34 yards on Sunday, Nov. 10, against the Dallas Cowboys.
Huddle Up: Over the last four games, Smith has been targeted 21 times, resulting in 17 receptions. The yards are modest, and the rookie hasn't scored yet, but his increased role could be of interest in larger leagues.
Posted: 10/21/2019 1:11 am UTC
Minnesota Vikings TE Irv Smith caught five of his six targets for 60 yards in a 42-30 win over the Detroit Lions in Week 7.
Huddle Up: Smith set season highs in catches and targets and tied his season high in receiving yards. His usage is still too inconsistent to warrant consideration in redraft leagues, but Smith has plenty of dynasty appeal.
Posted: 9/22/2019 9:09 pm UTC
Minnesota Vikings TE Irv Smith managed to haul in three receptions for a team-best 60 yards on three targets in Week 3 against the Oakland Raiders.
Huddle Up: Smith's presence has made Kyle Rudolph an afterthought in Minnesota, although neither is much more than a TE2 in most fantasy formats at this point. The Vikings travel to meet the Bears in Week 4.
Posted: 8/19/2019 4:03 am UTC
Minnesota Vikings TE Irv Smith caught all five of his targets for 28 yards and a touchdown in a 25-19 preseason win over the Seattle Seahawks Sunday, Aug. 18.
Huddle Up: Smith will have a tough time making a big impact in 2019 as long as Kyle Rudolph is still around, but he figures to be have a shot at being the starting tight end as soon as next season. He's one of the top young options at the position in dynasty leagues.
Posted: 8/15/2019 6:48 pm UTC
Minnesota Vikings rookie TE Irv Smith has been surprising coaches with his blocking, according to assistant head coach Gary Kubiak, Thursday, Aug. 15.
Huddle Up: Kyle Rudolph remains the Vikings lead tight end, but Smith could work his way into more pass-catching opportunities by earning playing time via blocking. He could be a key waiver add should Rudolph miss any time.
Posted: 5/31/2019 3:04 am UTC
Minnesota Twins TE Irv Smith has been lining up all over the field during OTAs.
Posted: 5/02/2019 8:25 pm UTC
Updating an earlier report, Minnesota Vikings second-round TE Irv Smith agreed to terms on a four-year contract worth $5.798 million on Thursday, May 2. The deal includes a signing bonus of $2.237 million.
Posted: 5/01/2019 3:49 am UTC
Minnesota Vikings second-round TE Irv Smith Jr. was drafted in part because the team believes the new offense under offensive coordinator Kevin Stefanski and assistant head coach/offensive advisor Gary Kubiak will be similar to what QB Kirk Cousins ran while he was a member of the Washington Redskins. Cousins leaned heavily on Jordan Reed during his time there, and general manager Rick Spielman believes Smith share more than just a few similarities.
'That type of tight end we haven't had here, and I know that's a big part of Kubiak's and Stefanski's offense right now. The other thing I thought was, don't want to put (Smith) there yet, but he has a lot of (Jordan) Reed-like traits in Washington, and that's why he was very appealing to us,' Spielman told ESPN's Courtney Cronin.