Irv Smith Jr. plans to be scoring a lot this season

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Vikings tight end Irv Smith Jr. has noticed “a lot more swagger” from quarterback Kirk Cousins this offseason and he’s displaying some of his own as well.

Smith has 66 catches for 676 yards and six touchdowns over his first two NFL seasons, but will no longer be splitting time with Kyle Rudolph in the Minnesota offense. During an appearance on NFL Network, Smth shared what he thinks that is going to mean for him.

“I have very high expectations, especially for myself,” Smith said. “I don’t want to put an exact number out there because I don’t want to say ‘I’m gonna score 15 touchdowns or however many,’ but it’s gonna be a lot. I’m going to be scoring a lot, making a lot of plays and helping my offense in any way, helping my team. I just want to be able to be a playmaker out there, whether it’s in the run game, pass game, scoring touchdowns, making a key block, whatever it is. I just want to, at the end of the day, win a Super Bowl and have the accolades that I want for myself at the end of the year.”

The Vikings don’t have a clear No. 3 receiver behind Justin Jefferson and Adam Thielen heading into the season. Smith sounds like he has designs on claiming that role.

17 responses to “Irv Smith Jr. plans to be scoring a lot this season

  1. Way to go, Irv. He just wrapped up the MVP award for the Vikes’ off-season championship.

    In the regular season, who will get the ball to him?

  2. Having swagger and not choking in big games are 2 different things. He’s been paid well long enough, time for him to win…

  3. Haters are out in full force here. Wow. Ya’ll gonna be eating a lot of crow when Big Irv and Gronklin are the best TE duo in the NFL

  4. He’ll now get Rudy’s red zone chances, so lets see what he does with them.

  5. His swagger comes from his bank account, not from his potential on field performance, sorry to burst that bubble.

    The rest of us only care about Minnesota because we want to know where Dalvin Cook will get traded too.

  6. That best TE duo in the NFL is going to carry us to another super bowl title.

  7. I still find it hilarious that the Vikings haven’t come close to the success they had the one year with Keenum at the helm after spending all of this money on Cousins. It’s an odd year though, so they’ll get another crack at it this year.

  8. This guy’s optimism about scoring sounds like what mine was getting ready to go out on a Saturday night in my youth…unfortunately, there was not a lot of scoring for me, which I suspect will be the same result for Irv.

  9. Anyone who pays attention should be pretty wary of the Vikes offense. And scared

  10. Maybe Kirk convinced his wife she should only force him to wear his wedding ring on the field during game days. Thus the swagger?

  11. Notice that the packers don’t have a good TE? I sure have! Also notice that no packers TE has caught more than 25 passes in a year for almost 10 years! Notice? Notice?

  12. Notice that the packers don’t have a good TE? I sure have! Also notice that no packers TE has caught more than 25 passes in a year for almost 10 years! Notice? Notice?

    —-

    Tonyan 2020 had 52
    Graham 2019 had 38……

    I stopped checking after that.

  13. The Packers don’t have a good TE . . . . just that Tonyan. How many TDs did he have last year?? Oh wait . . .

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