Most Disappointing Player of the First Quarter
Irv Smith Jr. – TE
Hype can be a terrible thing. When you combine hype with potential, it gets even worse. This season, the sky was said to be the limit for Irv Smith Jr. when the Vikings were needing a player to step up on offense.
So far, Smith hasn’t been the one to step up. The young tight end has played in all four games for Minnesota, but he has only caught two passes on six targets for 14 yards, a far cry from what most fans expected from him.
Considering Smith has played 143 offensive snaps through the first four weeks, it is tough to believe that he hasn’t been able to contribute more than his two catches or create situations to get open.
Kyle Rudolph continues to be the team’s premier tight end, but even he only has six catches on the season. However, he was able to turn those six catches into 66 yards and a touchdown, so there’s a bit more leniency with him.