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|A surprise inter-division trade after Week 8, made Hockenson a Viking and he casually caught all nine of his targets for 70 yards in his Minnesota debut. More impressive than the targets and receptions, Hock produced those numbers with less than a week of practice. There was plenty more volume where that came from, as the former Lion saw no fewer than six looks in the remaining meaningful games. At the end of the season Hockenson ended up setting career highs in targets (129), receptions (86) and yards (877). He enters 2023 as the clear No.2 option in the passing offense, as the Sean McVay based scheme that Kevin O'Connel runs, demands a dominant route running tight end to function at an elite level. Hockenson is up there with Andrews and Kittle as the tight ends to own after his majesty Travis Kelce goes off the board.
| K.J. Osborn unlikely to play, Hockenson limited|
Vikings running out of pass catchers
By: Mike Krueger | Sun Nov 12, 8:31 am
|#Vikings expect TE T.J. Hockenson to play today vs. #Saints but still affected by his rib/oblique injury. He won’t play as many snaps as normal but will be on field in key situations.
WR K.J. Osborn is unlikely to play despite clearing concussion protocol. Coach-player decision. (Ed Werder on X)|
FFToday's Take: The Vikings are running out of pass-catchers. Justin Jefferson and Osborn are out and now it sounds like Hockenson is going to be limited. Unless you have a strong backup, Hockenson is still in play this week at the tight end position. Brandon Powell should see more volume with Osborn on the shelf.
|Vikings acquire QB Joshua Dobbs from Cardinals|
QB Jaren Hall expected to start this week for MIN
By: Mike Krueger | Tue Oct 31, 1:35 pm
|The #Vikings are trading for #AZCardinals QB Joshua Dobbs, with plenty of starting experience, per me and @TomPelissero. It helps make up for the loss of Kirk Cousins. And gives MIN a chance. (Ian Rapoport on X)|
FFToday's Take: The Vikings were in the QB trade market after losing Kirk Cousins to an Achilles injury in Week 8. Head coach Kevin O'Connell says that QB Jaren Hall is preparing to start this week but it's possible Dobbs could be ready to play. Dobbs breathes some fantasy life into Jordan Addison and T.J. Hockenson that otherwise would've been non-existent with Hall commanding the offense.
| Justin Jefferson expected to be placed on IR|
By: Mike Krueger | Tue Oct 10, 7:11 am
|The #Vikings plan to place WR Justin Jefferson on injured reserve because of the hamstring injury he suffered in Sunday’s loss to Kansas City, per sources.
The exact timeline is TBD based on how he responds to treatment. But Jefferson is out at least four games. (Tom Pelissero on X)|
FFToday's Take: Ouch. The Vikings offense is based around Jefferson so they'll have to make-do without their best offensive weapon. Brandon Powell saw a 30.6% snap share against the Chiefs last week and will likely see more playing time moving forward. However, Jordan Addison, K.J. Osborn and TE T.J. Hockenson are likely to be the top targets for Kirk Cousins while Jefferson is out.