Aug 29, 2013; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Rodney Smith (83) makes a catch and brings it down to the one yard line in the third quarter against the Tennessee Titans at the Metrodome. Mandatory Credit: Marilyn Indahl-USA TODAY Sports

Rodney Smith Promoted To 53 Man Roster


As you may remember (or not, depending on how much you care about it), The Viking Age wrote an article earlier this year about how Rodney Smith was a name that Vikings fans should learn. Although it was anticipated that Smith would spend at least one season on Minnesota’s practice squad, the team seems to feel that he is ready for a bigger role.  Today, the Vikings placed linebacker Desmond Bishop on injured reserve for the year.  With the roster spot that was opened up by this, the team decided to promote Rodney Smith to the active roster.

Aug 29, 2013; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Rodney Smith (83) makes a catch and brings it down to the one yard line in the third quarter against the Tennessee Titans at the Metrodome. Mandatory Credit: Marilyn Indahl-USA TODAY Sports

Smith may not see the field much during games, since the Vikings are already struggling to get snaps for other wide receivers on the roster, but his size may make him an appealing target in the red zone.  Imagine a play where Rodney Smith, Joe Webb, and Kyle Rudolph are all on the field on the goal line and teams have to try to guess as to who will get the jump ball.  It is a defense’s nightmare.

It is exciting for Smith to get this opportunity so soon, but we may have to wait a bit longer to see him make an impact on the field.

Tags: Desmond Bishop Joe Webb Kyle Rudolph Minnesota Vikings Rodney Smith

  • Sean Smith

    Very excited they have faith in him. Good sign I really liked him in preseason.

  • Bob E.

    Lets get Patterson some more offensive snaps before we get hyped about a 5th string guy (no disrespect meant but, I think we have a solid corp. of recievers as it is.)… his physical frame is appealing though… cant help but, wonder if Freeman and he were connecting in practice which led to his bump upward… just a theory.

  • Jean Farina

    Rodney Smith is an excellent addition to the team!

  • Northwoods

    Lose 2 impact players on D, we add a WR? Eli Manning must be positively salivating.