The Minnesota Vikings’ 24-16 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers was a irritating afternoon for many gamers, however for tight finish Tyler Conklin, it was a profession day.
Taking the place of an injured Kyle Rudolph, who missed his first recreation since 2014, Conklin performed 45 of Minnesota’s 79 offensive snaps (57%) and caught a career-high 5 passes for 40 yards.
It marked Conklin’s sixth profession recreation with a number of receptions and ranked as his second-best efficiency by way of receiving yards. (Conklin’s profession excessive occurred in 2018 when he hauled in two receptions for 53 yards towards Miami.)
The 45 offensive snaps rank as Conklin’s fourth-highest complete of his three-year profession. The previous sixth-round decide has performed the next share of snaps (57%) simply 4 instances. It’s additionally price noting Conklin performed extra snaps in Week 14 than fullback C.J. Ham (40), extensive receiver Chad Beebe (34) and fellow tight finish Irv. Smith Jr. (28).
Other than Rudolph’s seven-catch day towards Carolina in Week 12, the tight finish place has been ignored a bit within the Vikings offense. Rudolph has recorded two or fewer receptions in seven of 12 video games, and Smith Jr. has simply three contests with 4 grabs.
Primarily used as a blocking tight finish when Rudolph and Smith Jr. are wholesome, Conklin is proving he can do all of it.
“He’s the true deal,” Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins stated after the sport. “He can move shield, he can run [block]. In man protection, he can win. He’s sensible, so we are able to put quite a bit on his plate mentally, and we do.”
Cousins focused Conklin 5 instances — and did so in a few essential conditions. Two of Conklin’s catches helped lengthen Minnesota’s third-quarter drive that ended with a landing catch by Smith Jr. Conklin hauled in a 14-yard reception on third-and-6 to maintain the drive transferring, after which caught a move for a seven-yard acquire on fourth-and-6 to maneuver the ball into Tampa Bay’s crimson zone.
“He can try this week in and week out,” Cousins stated. “He simply hasn’t had the chance, being a sixth-round decide and being behind Rudy and Irv. His profession trajectory is pointing up, and I feel in the present day confirmed that.”
Different notes from Sunday’s snap counts:
— Minnesota’s protection was on the sphere for 51 snaps, the second-lowest complete of the season. In Week 10, the Vikings performed 50 defensive snaps of their 19-13 win over the Chicago Bears.
— Filling in for the injured Eric Kendricks for the second straight week, veteran linebacker Todd Davis performed 100% of the snaps. Davis had performed a complete of fifty defensive snaps heading into Week 13, however during the last two video games he’s been on the sphere for 122.
— Operating again Ameer Abdullah was energetic for 15 offensive snaps, which is his highest complete in video games that includes a wholesome Dalvin Cook dinner. Abdullah performed 16 snaps in Week 6 when Cook dinner missed Minnesota’s recreation towards Atlanta. The 27-year-old noticed a season-high 5 touches (three carries, two receptions) for 21 yards.
— Broad receiver Tajae Sharpe was on the sphere for 5 offensive snaps. He was focused as soon as on a deep ball on third down late within the fourth quarter however couldn’t haul it in. Sharpe was waived by Minnesota on Monday, so he’ll end his Vikings profession with no receptions on three targets.
WEEK 14: AT BUCCANEERS (OFFENSE)
WEEK 14: AT BUCCANEERS (DEFENSE)