Minnesota Vikings trade for Tight End TJ Hockenson

The Minnesota Vikings are upgrading the tight end position. They acquired tight end TJ Hockenson from the Detroit Lions through a trade just before the NFL trade deadline.

TJ Hockenson is a much-needed addition to the 6-1 Minnesota Vikings. The tight end position is one of their weakest links this season. Current starter Irv Smith Jr. is injured again and wasn’t performing at a high level prior to the latest injury. They officially placed him on injured reserve today.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported today:

Vikings’ TE Irv Smith is expected to be sidelined 8-10 weeks with his high ankle sprain, per source.

Regardless of what happens with Irv Smith Jr., Hockenson is a good candidate to take over as the main tight end in Minnesota going forward. He is arguably a top 10 tight end in the NFL and will provide upgraded relief to quarterback Kirk Cousins.

So far this season the 25-year-old has 395 receiving yards and 3 touchdowns. This is production that the Vikings are currently lacking from the position.

Full TJ Hockenson trade details

Lions receive

  • 2023 2nd-round pick
  • 2024 3rd-round pick.

Vikings receive

  • TE TJ Hockenson
  • 2023 4th-round pick
  • 2024 conditional 4th-rounder

NFC North Standings

  1. Minnesota Vikings 6-1
  2. Green Bay Packers 3-5
  3. Chicago Bears 3-5
  4. Detroit Lions 1-6

Social Media reactions to TJ Hockenson trade

Nick Olson on Twitter talked about the instant upgrade for the Vikings.

Boot rollouts hitting TJ Hockenson in the flat sound a heck of a lot more appealing than rollouts hitting Johnny Mundt in the flat

Hockenson is part of an elite tight-end group via NFL on CBS on Twitter.

Tight ends to have a game with 8 rec, 175 rec yards, 2 rec TD since the start of last season: George Kittle Travis Kelce TJ HOCKENSON

This move isn’t just about 2022. Hockenson can be siged long term. Tweet via Ted Glover on Twitter.

Dominique Clare
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