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January 7, 2021 01:32 PM
Vikings' Irv Smith: Solid sophomore season
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Smith caught two of three targets for 30 yards during Sunday's 37-35 win over the Lions.

Smith wraps up his second season with 30 catches (43 targets) for 365 yards and five touchdowns across 13 games. It's worth noting that the 22-year-old dealt with lingering groin and back issues during much of the 2020 season, missing three games entirely while having his snap count limited in three other contests. With that context in mind, along with the difficulty tight ends often face from a developmental standpoint early in their careers, Smith's relatively strong showing could result in him becoming a popular third-year breakout candidate for 2021.

December 25, 2020 08:56 PM
Vikings' Irv Smith: Finds end zone twice in loss
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Smith secured six of nine targets for 53 yards and two touchdowns in the Vikings' 52-33 loss to the Saints on Friday.

The second-year tight end posted season highs in receptions and targets while also tying a personal best with his touchdown grabs of two and four yards in the third quarter. Smith has come on over the second half of the season, having recorded multiple grabs in five consecutive contests while also posting all five of his scoring catches during that stretch. The 2019 second-round pick will look to close out the season in strong fashion versus a Lions defense he found the end zone twice against back in Week 9 in a Week 17 rematch.

December 23, 2020 10:16 AM
Vikings' Irv Smith: Posts 37 yards in Week 15 start
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Smith reeled in three of four targets for 37 yards during Sunday's 33-27 loss to Chicago.

With Kyle Rudolph (foot) unavailable for the Week 15 divisional tilt, Smith posted his fifth start of the 2020 campaign while tying for third on the team in targets. Tyler Conklin turned out to be the more profitable tight end option against the Bears, however, producing three catches for 57 yards and a touchdown. Smith has offered an inconsistent floor and a limited fantasy ceiling in his second pro campaign, with no more than five targets or 64 receiving yards in any game this season. The Alabama product has also been held under 25 yards on six different occasions, scoring a touchdown in just one of those instances.

December 18, 2020 06:20 PM
Vikings' Irv Smith: Could handle key role
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Smith could take on a more pronounced role Sunday against the Bears with teammate Kyle Rudolph (foot) having been ruled out for the contest.

Rudolph -- who is missing his second straight game -- had been getting some extra targets while Smith missed three out of four games between Weeks 10 and 13. The 22-year-old returned last week and caught four passes for 63 yards and a touchdown in the 26-14 loss to Tampa, but his 35 percent snap share was a season low, with fellow tight end Tyler Conklin getting more playing time (57 percent) and more targets (five). Smith should see his role increase now that he's off the injury report, facing a Chicago defense that's given up the fourth-most fantasy points to tight ends.

December 13, 2020 06:16 PM
Vikings' Irv Smith: Finds end zone in loss
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Smith secured all four targets for 63 yards and a touchdown in the Vikings' 26-14 loss to the Buccaneers on Sunday.

The second-year tight end had the chance for more targets with position mate Kyle Rudolph (foot) out of action, but Smith actually saw just a slight bump over the 2.6 targets per contest he came into the contest with. However, Smith put the opportunities to good use, leading the Vikings in receiving yards while tying Justin Jefferson for second in receptions. Smith also garnered Minnesota's only touchdown through the air, recording a 14-yard scoring grab late in the third quarter. Smith will look to follow up the solid performance in a Week 15 matchup versus a Bears defense that's been vulnerable to tight ends this season.

December 13, 2020 11:36 AM
Vikings' Irv Smith: Available Sunday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Smith (back) is active for Sunday's game at Tampa Bay.

While Smith puts an end to a two-game absence, fellow tight end Kyle Rudolph will take a seat for the first time since 2014. Smith has surpassed 50 yards receiving just twice in nine games this season, but with a few more targets freed up due to Rudolph's absence, he and Tyler Conklin are poised for bigger roles.

December 13, 2020 10:36 AM
Vikings' Irv Smith: Likely to play at Tampa Bay
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Smith (back), who is listed as questionable, is expected to play Sunday against the Buccaneers, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

The 22-year-old is expected to take the field after missing the past two games due to the back issue, but Schefter also indicated Smith could still be limited by the injury Sunday. Kyle Rudolph (foot) isn't expected to play, so even with Smith back, Minnesota will be missing one of its top tight ends. Tyler Conklin is the only other tight end on the active roster, though he has only four catches for 26 yards this season.

December 11, 2020 05:56 PM
Vikings' Irv Smith: Listed as questionable
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Smith (back) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Buccaneers, while teammate Kyle Rudolph (foot) is doubtful, Adam Caplan of SiriusXM NFL Radio reports.

Smith returned to practice Thursday and Friday as a limited participant, after missing three of the past four games with groin and back injuries. His status may not be confirmed until Sunday morning, but he could have a larger-than-usual role in the passing game if he's active, as Rudolph isn't expected to play. Tyler Conklin will be left as the top tight end if both Smith and Rudolph are inactive ahead of Sunday's 1 p.m. ET kickoff.

December 10, 2020 02:36 PM
Vikings' Irv Smith: Limited in return to practice
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Smith (back) practiced in a limited capacity Thursday.

Offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak told Courtney Cronin of that Smith had a "positive" day of practice Thursday and may be back "in the mix" this weekend if he looks good again Friday. "He picked up his work today so we're heading in the right direction towards Sunday," Kubiak said. With Kyle Rudolph (foot) not yet able to practice this week, it could be the Smith and Tyler Conklin show at tight end for the Vikings on Sunday in Tampa Bay.

December 10, 2020 12:24 PM
Vikings' Irv Smith: Back at practice
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Smith (back) was spotted at practice Thursday, Andrew Krammer of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.

Meanwhile, fellow tight end Kyle Rudolph (foot) remained sidelined, with the Vikings' upcoming injury report slated to reveal whether Smith was limited or logged a full session in his return to practice Thursday.

December 10, 2020 01:24 PM
Vikings' Irv Smith: Not practicing yet
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Smith (back) was withheld from practice Wednesday.

Along with Smith, fellow tight end Kyle Rudolph (foot) also didn't log any reps, leaving Tyler Conklin as the only healthy option at the position on the active roster. Smith himself hasn't practiced since the first session of Week 12, so he may need to get on the field in some capacity Thursday and/or Friday to have a realistic shot at playing Sunday in Tampa Bay.

December 4, 2020 02:20 PM
Vikings' Irv Smith: Sidelined for Week 13
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

The Vikings ruled Smith (back) out for Sunday's game against the Jaguars, Chris Tomasson of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.

Smith will be inactive for a third time this season and for the second week in a row after his back injury prevented him from practicing in any capacity Wednesday through Friday. With Smith out of the picture, Kyle Rudolph should be freed to run more routes at tight end after typically serving as more of a blocking specialist when both players dress. While Smith was sidelined Weeks 10 and 12, Rudolph recorded 11 receptions for 131 yards on 13 targets.

December 3, 2020 12:44 PM
Vikings' Irv Smith: Spectating at practice again
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Smith (back) won't participate in Thursday's practice, Eric Smith of the Vikings' official site reports.

Though Smith is at the Vikings' facility, he'll be working out off to the side for a second straight day while he manages the back injury. The Vikings will wait and see if he's able to do anything Friday before ruling on his status for Sunday's game against the Jaguars, but the back-to-back absences from practice to begin the week don't bode well for his chances of gaining clearance to play.

December 2, 2020 07:28 PM
Vikings' Irv Smith: Unable to practice Wednesday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Smith was a non-participant in Wednesday's practice due to a back injury.

Smith missed two of the last three games due to a groin issue, but he now appears to be dealing with a new injury. Courtney Cronin of relays that while Smith was in attendance for Wednesday's workout, he wasn't sporting a helmet. Kyle Rudolph will operate as Minnesota's clear top tight end again if Smith can't return Week 13 against the Jaguars.

November 28, 2020 04:52 PM
Vikings' Irv Smith: Downgrades to out for Sunday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Smith (groin) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Panthers.

The second-year tight end sat out in Week 10 with this injury but returned to a limited role in Week 11. However, this injury seems to be lingering, as he'll be sidelined once again this Sunday. Kyle Rudolph will operate as the clear No. 1 tight end, while Tyler Conklin sees an uptick in usage as well.

November 27, 2020 01:44 PM
Vikings' Irv Smith: Unlikely to play
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Smith (groin) is listed as doubtful for Sunday's game against Carolina.

Smith sat out Week 10 with the groin injury, but he returned for the Week 11 loss to Dallas and played 53 percent of snaps on offense. His likely absence could benefit Kyle Rudolph, who had season highs for targets (five) and yards (63) in the previous game Smith missed, though it was No. 3 TE Tyler Conklin who took on most of the vacated snaps.

November 26, 2020 02:32 PM
Vikings' Irv Smith: No practice Thursday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Smith (groin) was listed as a non-participant on Thursday's practice report.

After practicing in a limited capacity Wednesday, Smith was held out entirely one day later, which may signify a setback with his groin injury. On the other hand, he may have stayed off the field for maintenance reasons. Look for Smith's status to receive some clarification upon the release of Friday's injury report.

November 26, 2020 11:08 AM
Vikings' Irv Smith: Limited to start week
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Smith (groin/back) was a limited participant in Wednesday's practice.

Smith sat out Week 10 due to the groin injury, but he returned to action last weekend against Dallas, hauling in both of his targets for 23 yards while playing 52 percent of offensive snaps. The second-year tight end now also appears to be dealing with a back issue, but as long as he can continue practicing on at least a limited basis Thursday and Friday, he should have a fair chance of suiting up Sunday versus Carolina.

November 24, 2020 12:16 AM
Vikings' Irv Smith: Two receptions Sunday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Smith had two receptions for 23 yards on two targets in Sunday's loss to Dallas.

Smith returned after missing a game due to a groin injury. He played on 33 of the offense's 65 snaps. Meanwhile, Kyle Rudolph had three receptions and played on 45 snaps. Both tight ends get only a minor portion of the targets with Adam Thielen and Justin Jefferson commanding almost all the activity in the passing game. However, the passing attack may need to diversify the targets if Thielen misses time this week after landing on the COVID-19 list.

November 22, 2020 05:40 PM
Vikings' Irv Smith: Active in Week 11
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Smith (groin) is active for Sunday's Week 11 tilt against the Cowboys.

The athletic tight end was trending in the right direction after a week of limited practices, and his active status after a one-week absence now is official. Smith notched touchdown grabs on each of his two receptions Week 9 against the Lions before missing the Week 10 win over the Bears. He'll look for similar success versus a vulnerable Cowboys defense that's surrendered 39-386-5 line to tight ends this season.

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1Sun 09/13vs GBL 34-4311111.0110
2Sun 09/20@ INDL 11-28133.030
3Sun 09/27vs TENL 30-3100--0
4Sun 10/04@ HOUW 31-2300-00
5Sun 10/11@ SEAL 26-2746416.0250
6Sun 10/18vs ATLL 23-4045513.8360
8Sun 11/01@ GBW 28-2211616.0160
9Sun 11/08vs DETW 34-202105.092
10Mon 11/16@ CHIL 19-1300--0
11Sun 11/22vs DALL 28-3122311.5120
12Sun 11/29@ MINL 27-2800--0
13Sun 12/06@ MINL 24-2700--0
14Sun 12/13@ TBL 14-2646315.8251
15Sun 12/20vs CHIL 27-3333712.3210
16Fri 12/25@ NOL 33-526538.8142
17Sun 01/03@ DETW 37-3523015.0250
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