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Irv Smith Jr. Reports to Off-season Workouts



 Scott Wessels / April 12th, 2022 / Image from Minnesota Vikings Twitter

 Good news, Vikings fans, there was an Irv Smith Jr. sighting today in Eagan at the second day of offseason workouts, as players trickled in for voluntary drills and getting a first look Kevin O'Connell's playbook. With Minnesota having a new coach, they, along with the Broncos, Raiders, Jags, Texans, and Buccaneers all get an extra session to introduce themselves to one another.

Smith, coming back from a meniscus tear he suffered during the preseason finale against the K.C. Chiefs, originally had a 4-6 month rehab ahead of him. With that now behind him, O'Connell said during the press conference that Smith will probably not hit the field to take physical reps, but "there's no reason he can't hit the ground running from a mental perspective."

Probably a smart idea, since Smith will be leaned on heavily with Tyler Conklin now residing at MetLife Stadium in a Jets uniform. Expect the Vikings to scour the middle round prospects for a draft pick in two weeks to help out Smith and Kirk Cousins, as tight end has been a big part of the Vikings passing game.

AROUND THE HORNS

  •  Another off-season attendee coming off a season lost to injury, Jaylen Twyman, showed up ready to show the new Vikings coaching staff what he's got, after they drafted him in the 6th round. The Pitt DT has had a long layoff, with his last season being 2019. He missed the 2020 season, opting out due to COVID-19, and then last year was shot four times in D.C., derailing his rookie year before it began.
  •  What's this? The quarterback and the head coach meeting to develop a game plan? One that will center on the highly paid signal caller's strengths? Apparently, the Minnesota Vikings are doing just that, as Kirk Cousins mentioned during his press conference Monday that he and KO'C are designing an offense based on what Cousins does best. "Just coaching 101," he said. Refreshing to hear!
  • For those wanting a Dalvin Cook jersey this year, be sure to wait for the new number 4's on the racks! Cook is fulfilling a promise he made to his father that he'd wear his Florida State Seminoles jersey number if possible. Last year, when the rules changed, Cook was faced with a price tag of $1.2 million to buy up all the remaining jerseys in stock in order to switch numbers in time for the 2021 season. Instead, he informed the NFL of his intention to switch in 2022, and saved the money!

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