Irv Smith Jr. – TE
Irv Smith Jr. was supposed to be one of the Vikings to break out this season and through two games, he has two receptions for 14 yards.
Those numbers would’ve been better had Smith been able to hang onto the ball against the Colts. Like many of Minnesota’s pass-catchers, Smith had a case of the dropsies and allowed passes to bounce off his hands and on to the turf.
Smith wasn’t just subpar as far as receiving goes, but he was flagged for multiple penalties. Whether it was for an illegal crackback block or offensive pass interference, Smith had some costly mental mistakes that killed the Vikings drives, as the loss of field position was too much for the struggling offense to overcome.
Smith is still going to be an important piece of the Vikings passing attack this season, but if he continues to make these types of mental errors, the coaching staff will begin losing patience with him.
This could cut into his snaps and obviously his chances of having that breakout campaign that many are expecting from him. Smith needs to come back in Week 3 with a strong performance that puts his dismal Week 2 performance in the back of everyone’s minds.