T.J. Hockenson: I expected to be traded, but not to the Vikings

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When T.J. Hockenson was traded by the Lions hours before the NFL trade deadline, he wasn’t surprised. But he was pleasantly surprised that he was sent to Minnesota.

“I kinda knew. I had a little idea. I didn’t expect here, but obviously super, super excited to be here,” Hockenson said. “When I got here last night I was like, This is pretty sweet. Just excited to be here, for real.”

Hockenson said he’s already at work at learning the language of the Vikings’ offense.

“I’m grinding. I got in last night and they gave me my iPad,” Hockenson said. “I’m trying to learn this offense as much as I can. There’s a lot of ins and outs to it, but football is football. This will be my fourth offense now that I’ve been in throughout my career, so just learning new terminology.”

One major change for Hockenson is his place in the NFC North standings: The Lions have finished last every year Hockenson spent in Detroit, and are in last place now. The Vikings are in first place, and now Hockenson is part of a playoff race for the first time.

42 responses to “T.J. Hockenson: I expected to be traded, but not to the Vikings

  1. “I kinda knew. I had a little idea. I didn’t expect here, but obviously super, super excited to be here,” Hockenson said. “When I got here last night I was like, This is pretty sweet. Just excited to be here, for real.” He sounds depressed.

  2. It’s ok, the Lions are just returning a favor from the Vikings for allowing them to move up 20 spots in the first round of the draft.

  3. This has to be one of the most moronic trades i think i can remember. It makes ZERO sense for the LIONS.

  4. “Playoffs?! PLAYOFFS?!!!” – Jim Mora ..Seriously though, must be nice to get traded to a divisional leader.

  5. Lucky for to tj he was traded to a team that is supportive of each other instead of one that points fingers at each other

  6. iPad? Isn’t it supposed to be a Surface?

    That’s punishable by forfeiture of a first round pick if you ask me. /s

  7. For the people saying it was a dumb trade you are wrong. The Lions took the best offer, knowing Hockenson wouldn’t be back after this year anyway. Detroit now has at least 5 picks in next year’s draft with two 2nd rounders and they cleared 9 million off Hocks contract. I’ll buy this trade if the Lions fire DC after the Thanksgiving game and name Duce Staley the interim

  8. Our beloved, beleaguered franchise never does anything right. In a couple of years, it will be Jameson Williams saying the same kind of thing.

  9. Hey @detroiter…Lions picked up his 5th year option. He was under contract for next year.

  10. Hockenson can’t run routes, block, or catch, but other than that he is a great TE…. If you know football this trade is a lay up and genius move, TJ is a liability blocking and just gets rag dolled every time he attempts to block a DE. Just watch, he can be schemed open but routes are trash and he can’t stay healthy. He wouldn’t make the team next year anyway at that price. Now just get rid of Goff and we can start the rebuild… ONEPRIDE🦁

  11. Could be a lot worse, could’ve traded you to the Packers

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    At least here he would have been the number 1 target. The only target, really.

  12. Lions fleeced the Vikings in the draft, I guess in Lions culture they felt they needed to return the favor? Idk Hockenson isn’t worth the extension nor was he worth being a top 10 pick ( 2nd Top 10 TE drafted in a decade might I add)

    But rough sledding for us Lions fans, really really hope this stockpile of picks next year really hit and they churn out a good product otherwise it will be another failed management venture

  13. I like the trade for both. Vikings needed 2 tight ends with Irv Smith going down. Lions window isn’t open so they bought a few picks that line up with their next/first likely window to compete. Otherwise, what, franchise tag the kid twice, remain uncompetitive, then get a comp round pick?

  14. TJ was the number 1 ranked TE in the 2019 draft. A midwestern boy, born in Iowa played football in Iowa and tore up the Big 10. He is 6’5” 244 lbs. under Kevin O’Connell fast pace offense TJ will excell. Sour Lion fan and jealous packer fan can only watch the Vikings dominate the NFCN for years to come. SKOL!

  15. Totally, it’s like Christmas morning and opening a gift you didn’t want!

    Sorry HOCK, now you have to wear the ugliest uniform in all of sports!

  16. Well he’s not hiding it…..You can’t be more obvious than that!

    Welcome to the ZERO Championship franchise!

  17. detroiter says:
    For the people saying it was a dumb trade you are wrong. The Lions took the best offer, knowing Hockenson wouldn’t be back after this year anyway.

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    Uhh, he was signed through next year, below current market value. DOH.

  18. Wafflestomp says:
    November 2, 2022 at 6:47 pm
    Embrace the Suck.
    0-62 is just a stones throw away.
    Enjoy, I know I will

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    The packer fall from grace is causing packer trolls to lose their minds. It’s sad to think that with less than half the season gone packer fans have given up and turned to obnoxious trolls. Oh well I guess we have to get use to them. The packers will be losing for many many years to come.

  19. There is a reason the Vikings are 80-40-2 against the Lions. Trades like this will only increase that.lions are continually bottom feeders.

  20. After learning under esteemed Lions HC Dan Campbell, Vikings wanted to trade for Hockenson in hopes he can share how to “bite off knee caps”..

  21. wardo has a garbage time team says:
    November 2, 2022 at 6:55 pm
    Totally, it’s like Christmas morning and opening a gift you didn’t want!

    Sorry HOCK, now you have to wear the ugliest uniform in all of sports!

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    NFL.com had a survey of the best NFL uniforms. The Vikings finished 9th while the packers green and yellow finished 23rd.

  22. Interesting to read some of the sour grapes idiocy. He is a pro-bowl quality tight end who hasn’t yet played for a winning team. Now he will. He will be a good 3rd down target but it is in the red zone that he will be most valuable. He has graded out as a very good run blocker, which will be a serious upgrade from Smith.
    The Vikings get what they need right now, the Lions get more ammo to build a contender. They are headed in the right direction but it will take another year or two.

  23. Hopefully O’Connell can make this work. The talent is there…the offensive line is important and Cousins needs to stay aggressive…give your guys chances to make plays. The defense is a bit worrisome. Hockenson is a good player, I guess the idea is to score more points and give the defense a cushion.

  24. wardo has a garbage time team says:
    November 2, 2022 at 6:55 pm
    Totally, it’s like Christmas morning and opening a gift you didn’t want!

    Sorry HOCK, now you have to wear the ugliest uniform in all of sports!

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    That’s weird considering his family are Vikings fans and his childhood room is still purple & gold, then there’s the fact that the Vikings are currently the #2 seed in the NFC by multiple games with a 6-1 record. Pretty sure he’s not too depressed about where he was traded to.

  25. Winters are Bitter cold in Minnesota, More so than Detroit. Sorry that Brady, Tampa Bay thing didn’t work out for you.

  26. Some of these comments are comical. Hockenson was picked at #8 overall and will be looking for top 5 money. He has not lived up to his draft position, through no fault of his own, Bob Quinn reached and selected him, and has definitely not played his way to neing worthy of top 5 money in the league at his position.

    While it’s true that his 5th year option was picked up, that was done so he could be moved, and he was, which was the right move for who he is and what his position will command when he becomes a free agent after next year’s season.

  27. hbudgess says:
    November 2, 2022 at 7:32 pm

    There is a reason the Vikings are 80-40-2 against the Lions. Trades like this will only increase that.lions are continually bottom feeders.

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    There’s also a reason why the Vikings never win a Superbowl. Leaving you to brag about beating the worst franchise in NFL history.

  28. The Lions GM has not so subtlely indicated that they didn’t think the TE was all that good and/or didn’t want to pay him. Maybe they will be proven right, maybe not. Then again, all things factored in analytically, the Vikings got a top 10 first round pick for the equivalent of a 3rd rounder. Can’t say the Vikes got fleeced or have much to lose if he doesn’t pan out.

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