Final Vikings 53-man roster projection for the 2019 season

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MINNEAPOLIS, MN - AUGUST 18: Minnesota Vikings tight end Irv Smith Jr. (84) celebrates his 2nd quarter touchdown reception during a preseason game between the Seattle Seahawks and Minnesota Vikings on August 18, 2019 at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, MN(Photo by Nick Wosika/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
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Tight Ends (3)

  • Kyle Rudolph, Irv Smith Jr., Tyler Conklin

The tight end position had a little bit of drama throughout the offseason, but with Kyle Rudolph‘s extension in the books, there doesn’t seem to be much suspense here anymore.

With Rudolph’s spot on the team being cemented and Irv Smith Jr. being the flashy new rookie, there were not going to be many surprises here.

With David Morgan a non-participant in this year’s training camp or preseason due to injury, the Vikings will likely have him begin the season on the PUP list. Until Morgan can come back, Tyler Conklin will take the role as Minnesota’s third tight end in 2019.

With Conklin, Rudolph and Smith, the Vikings have several skill sets at the tight end position and they could utilize all three in Kevin Stefanski’s offense. Either way, Minnesota will have plenty of muscle to help out an offensive line that struggled mightily at times last season.