HomeNFLVikings commerce for promising tight finish to switch injured Irv Smith Jr.

Vikings commerce for promising tight finish to switch injured Irv Smith Jr.

With Irv Smith Jr. on hold after knee surgery, the Vikings quickly turned to get a promising tight end from the Jets.

With Kyle Rudolph gone, the breakout buzz was palpable for Minnesota Vikings tight end Irv Smith Jr. this season. But since Smith is now faced with at least several weeks of absence after meniscus surgery, Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network has reported that the Vikings will acquire Chris Herndon from New York Jets for “design compensation”.

After Smith was out at least a few games and a worst-case scenario of the entire season was possibly still in play, the Vikings should go into the regular season with Tyler Conklin as the No. 1 tight end and some nondescript guys behind him ( Brandon Dillon, training team lining Zach Davidson). For an offense that can still use two tight ends as hard as any other team in the league, this depth is not good enough.

Vikings take a plane on Chris Herndon

Fantasy football managers certainly know Herndon. He was such a breakout contender during his time with the Jets that it’s hard to believe this is only his fourth season in the NFL. The breakthrough never happened, but he’s played all 16 games in two of three seasons with seven touchdowns on 71 career catches. This preseason Tyler Kroft had usurped him as the # 1 tight end of the Jets.

Herndon will benefit from a change of scenery (deployment is not coached by Adam Gase). He’s only 25 years old, with a height (6-foot-4,2253 pounds) and a speed that still seems to be there when he gets it together differently. A late draft pick was an easy prize for Vikings GM Rick Spielman.

Smith’s injury situation immediately brought visions from the Vikings, who traded in some corners for Eagles’ tight end Zach Ertz. The price for Herndon was certainly lower, and the Jets were certainly more than willing to trade it than the Eagles seem to be trading Ertz at the moment.


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