5 Vikings to be excited about for the 2022 season

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Irv Smith Jr., tight end

Hype surrounds Irv Smith Jr. every offseason. Sadly, he hasn’t been able to capitalize on his opportunities for a variety of reasons. However, 2022 might actually be the year that the young tight end starts opening the eyes of fans.

He played second fiddle to Kyle Rudolph during his rookie and sophomore years but the Vikings cleared a pash for him to be their starting tight end for the 2021 NFL season. Sadly, a meniscus injury forced him to miss his entire second season in Minnesota.

Now, Smith has been able to heal his wounds and should be ready when training camp rolls around. His 10.2 yards per reception would be a great addition to an offense that features the dynamic Justin Jefferson and the touchdown machine Adam Thielen.

A good blocker and solid receiver, he could be a huge asset if he can stay healthy. The former second-round draft pick has the potential to be a big part of the team’s offense and could become a fixture for many years to come.