Tyler Conklin – TE
Tyler Conklin didn’t have his best game and what is most disappointing is that it could very well be his last one as a member of the Vikings. Conklin hauled in just one ball on the day for a paltry seven yards. He had a couple of drops, and his blocking wasn’t going to be taught to any young tight ends in the future.
Despite his disappointing performance in a meaningless game, Conklin has had himself a fine season. He has proven he can be a team’s number one tight end and can be a steady and reliable target in the passing game.
He finished the year with 61 catches for 593 yards and three touchdowns. That type of production will get him noticed by teams in free agency and while he won’t get offered a huge contract, he will likely get one that’ll price him out of returning to Minnesota.
It’s always bittersweet seeing a player develop and become a reliable starter and then leave when his rookie contract is up. On one hand, the guy has earned it and deserves the money, but it hurts to see them go.
That could very well be the case for Conklin, and seeing him go out on a higher and more productive note would have been a much more fitting end.