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Irv Smith
MIN

TE MIN

# Tight End

N/A Projected Points

ADP: Not Available
Bye: 7
Experience: 2 Yr(s)
Age: 23
Height: 6'2"
Weight: 242
40 Time: 4.63

Injury Predictor Injury Predictor

Medium Risk

Chance of Injury in 2021

31%

% chance misses at least 2 quarters

Chance of Injury per Game

2.2%

1- 17√1-% Inj/Season

Projected Games Missed 2021

0.90

Durability

5

Ability to produce despire relatively minor injuries. 5 being most durable

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Injury History

Date League Injury Details
Dec 2, 2020 NFL Inguinal Groin Strain Grade 2 Smith was sidelined for the Week 13 game due to a back injury.
Nov 25, 2020 NFL Inguinal Groin Strain Grade 2 Smith was ruled out for the Week 12 game due to a groin injury. He sat out in Week 10 with this injury but returned to a limited role in Week 11.
Aug 27, 2021 NFL Knee Meniscus Tear Smith suffered a meniscus injury during Minnesota's preseason finale at Kansas City. He is likely out for the season

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What You Need to Know:

  • Smith’s playing time increased only slightly in Year 2. After playing 59.8% of the snaps in 2019, he played 64.4% over his 13 games in 2020, according to Pro Football Reference.
  • He did jump to 79%+ over the final 3 games, with Kyle Rudolph out.
  • Over the 4 games Rudolph missed, though, Tyler Conklin edged Smith 21-20 in targets. The 2 each caught 15 passes over that stretch, with Smith leading in yardage (183-168) and TDs (3-1).
  • Minnesota released Rudolph after the season.
  • Asked in June about Smith’s role growing in Rudolph’s absence, HC Mike Zimmer told ESPN: “I think it’s a bigger role for Tyler Conklin. He’s kind of emerged as a guy that’s moving upward and with those two guys, we have a lot of weapons there. Irv always has been able to do what he’s been able to do whether Kyle was here or not.”
  • Smith garnered the 3rd-highest Pro Football Focus receiving grade among Vikings for the season; Conklin 3rd-lowest (12th among 14 graded pass-catchers).
  • Smith’s 8.9-yard average depth of target more than doubled Conklin’s (4.2) and represented a nice bump over his own 6.5 ADOT in 2019.
  • Smith spent more of his time inline in Year 2, according to PFF.
    • As a 2019 rookie, Smith lined up in the slot on 35.1% of his snaps and out wide on 14.2%.
    • In 2020, those shares dropped to 23.2% and 9.9%, respectively.
    • That’s 49.3% of rookie-year snaps spent in wideout spots in 2019, vs. just 33.1% last year.
  • Smith brings abnormal speed for a TE. His 4.63-second 40 as a prospect ranked 87th percentile vs. NFL TEs and gives him a 72nd-percentile speed score.
  • At about 6’2.5 and 242 pounds, though, Smith also sports 7th-percentile height for the position (vs. Combine TEs) and 9th-percentile weight.
  • Smith ranked 14th in PFF receiving grade last season, among 55 TEs with 20+ targets. That marked a nice boost from 31st among 56 such TEs in 2019.
  • Smith tied for 1st in yards per route run among TEs in the 2019 draft class at 2.56. His YPRR rates through 2 NFL seasons: 1.02 and 1.30. The better of those 2 marks ranked 27th among 55 TEs with 20+ targets.
  • Smith also ranked top-6 in slot production and deep-ball production among TEs in his final college season.
  • New OC Klint Kubiak sees the versatility in Smith and Conklin: “Those two tight ends, they can play wideout too. Those guys are extremely versatile. They’re complete tight ends: run, block and line up in a two-point stance and go at you.”

Draft Sharks Bottom Line:

Smith is an undersized speedster at TE. He has flashed upside since his final season at Alabama in 2018. Kyle Rudolph’s departure changes the position, but Tyler Conklin also poses a challenge. Rudolph finished just 16th as the top-producing Minnesota TE in 2019, and no Vikings TE ranked higher than 25th in PPR points per game in 2020. Minnesota sports a condensed pass offense, but there is potential for Smith and Conklin to cannibalize each other’s upside. Smith has the potential to help your fantasy squad, but don’t over-invest.

 

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Vikings TE Irv Smith had surgery Wednesday morning to repair his injured meniscus. ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that he has a 4-5 month recovery timeline, which almost certainly ends Smith's season. That leaves opportunity open at the position. HC Mike Zimmer talked up Tyler Conklin this summer. Conklin missed about half of August with a hamstring injury, but he has downplayed the severity and said he expects to be ready for the opener. He's our top choice among Minnesota TEs. The team also traded for Chris Herndon this week, of course. The former Jet comes with athletic upside but has disappointed since a standout rookie year. It's worth noting the Jets unloaded him for merely a move up from Round 6 to Round 4 in the 2022 draft. We'll see whether the Vikings look to add anything else over the next week and a half -- or in season if they're dissatisfied once the games begin.

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Vikings HC Mike Zimmer said Monday that TE Irv Smith will have surgery this week to repair his meniscus injury. Unfortunately, he had no update on how long we should expect Smith to be out. "We'll just see where he's at," Zimmer said, per ESPN's Courtney Cronin. "A lot of times you can't really tell anything until you get in there. We really won't know until they get in there." We'll watch for updates after the surgery.

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Vikings TE Irv Smith will undergo surgery for a meniscus injury, per NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero. The 3rd-year TE is expected to miss at least the Week 1 opener vs. Cincinnati, but a specific timeline isn’t yet known. Tyler Conklin, the #2 TE, has already missed time this summer with a hamstring injury. If healthy, Conklin will profile as a potential spot-starter out of the gate.

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Vikings TE Irv Smith has been a frequent target of QB Kirk Cousins in camp so far, according to insider Judd Zulgad. "It’s become clear that Kirk Cousins is very comfortable throwing to Smith — more than he was throwing to Kyle Rudolph — and that could result in a big season for the tight end entering his third season," Zulgad writes. The Smith hype quieted a bit after HC Mike Zimmer talked up a bigger role for TE Tyler Conklin back in June. But Smith was always most likely to lead Vikings TEs in targets and fantasy points this season. He has top-10 upside.

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Vikings TE Irv Smith (back) is expected to play against the Bucs today, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. But the back injury "could limit some of his play time," Schefter adds. Even with TE Kyle Rudolph (foot) expected to be out, Smith is just a TE2 at less than 100%.

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