Former Vikings TE has been a massive letdown for the Bengals in 2023

Former Minnesota Vikings draft pick Irv Smith Jr. has struggled with the Cincinnati Bengals

Cincinnati Bengals tight end Irv Smith Jr.
Cincinnati Bengals tight end Irv Smith Jr. / Cooper Neill/GettyImages

In his first season away from the Minnesota Vikings, tight end Irv Smith Jr. has struggled during the 2023 campaign with the Cincinnati Bengals.

This past offseason, tight end Irv Smith Jr. hit free agency after spending the first four years of this NFL career as a member of the Minnesota Vikings. Eventually, Smith wound up landing a one-year deal worth less than $2 million from the Cincinnati Bengals.

Heading into the 2023 season, the Bengals and their fans had high hopes for the former Vikings second-round draft pick.

Unfortunately, Smith has been a massive disappointment for Cincinnati this year. In 13 appearances with the Bengals, the former Minnesota tight end has only caught 16 passes for 97 yards and one touchdown.

Cincinnati Bengals fans haven't been impressed with former Minnesota Vikings TE Irv Smith Jr. in 2023

With only three catches in his last five games, Smith is basically a non-existent part of Cincinnati's offense heading into the team's Week 15 matchup against the Vikings on Saturday.

Bengals fans haven't enjoyed watching the former Minnesota tight end this season, and all one needs to do is go online to find proof of this.

Heading into Saturday's matchup against Cincinnati, it doesn't seem like Smith is going to be someone the Vikings will have to worry much about whenever the Bengals' offense is on the field.

Smith's offensive snaps have been decreasing during the last few weeks, so it seems safe to predict that this weekend's game against his old team will be one of the final ones in a Cincinnati uniform for the former Minnesota tight end.