Irv Smith Jr.

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Tight End #82
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Irv Smith Jr. Reaches Agreement To Join Chiefs

Cincinnati Bengals free-agent tight end Irv Smith Jr. reached an agreement on an undisclosed one-year deal with the Kansas City Chiefs on Tuesday, according to a source. Smith had a lot of potential when he entered the league as the Minnesota Vikings' second-round pick in 2019 out of Alabama, but he hasn't lived up to the hype. The 25-year-old had his best season in his second year in the NFL, catching 30 of his 43 targets for 365 yards and five touchdowns with the Vikes in 2020. In his first and only season with the Cincinnati Bengals last year, he had 18 catches on 26 targets for 115 yards and one touchdown in 12 games. In Kansas City, Smith will merely be serving as tight end insurance behind the aging Travis Kelce.

Mar 12, 2024 1:08 PM EST

Irv Smith Jr. Not Playing Against Browns

Cincinnati Bengals tight end Irv Smith Jr. is a healthy scratch for the Week 18 regular season finale against the Cleveland Browns on Sunday. The Bengals have also chosen to rest cornerback Chidobe Awuzie (shoulder), who came into the game listed as questionable. The Bengals have nothing to play for but pride in the final game of the regular season after being eliminated from postseason contention last week. The Browns are locked into the No. 5 seed for the AFC playoffs, too, so both teams are resting players. With Smith out for Cincy, the Bengals will roll with tight ends Tanner Hudson, Drew Sample and Mitchell Wilcox. None of them specifically are worth chasing for fantasy purposes. The 25-year-old Smith finishes his first year with the Bengals with only 18 receptions for 115 yards and one touchdown in 12 games.

Jan 7, 2024 11:47 AM EST

Irv Smith Jr. Can't Be Trusted Versus The Texans

Cincinnati Bengals tight end Irv Smith Jr. had his best showing of the season in the Sunday Night Football victory over the Buffalo Bills, catching three of his four targets for 26 yards and a touchdown. The 25-year-old entered the 2023-24 campaign with plenty of hype, especially with Joe Burrow as his quarterback. Yet, Smith didn't do much in any of the games entering Week 9, so it's safe to say his season has been a disappointment. Of course, some fantasy managers are optimistic he'll keep the momentum going against the Texans on Sunday, considering Tee Higgins (hamstring) is out and Ja'Marr Chase (back) is questionable. However, Smith is still hard to trust, so it may be best to keep him out of any fantasy lineup until he proves he can be reliable.

Nov 11, 2023 1:13 AM EST

Irv Smith Jr. Avoids Injury Designation

Cincinnati Bengals tight end Irv Smith Jr. is no longer on the injury report heading into the Week 5 matchup against the Cardinals. In the two games that he's played so far this season, Smith has yet to get more than 17 yards and has only hauled in five passes out of nine targets. On top of that, the Cardinals have yet to give up a touchdown to the tight end position and they allow slightly fewer fantasy points than the league average. Smith is better left on the waiver wire at this point until he proves to make more of an impact.

Oct 6, 2023 4:04 PM EST

Irv Smith Jr. Fully Practices Thursday

Cincinnati Bengals tight end Irv Smith Jr. (hamstring) was a full participant in Thursday's practice. It's an upgrade from Wednesday's limited session with a hamstring injury, tentatively putting Smith on track to return for Week 5's road affair with the Arizona Cardinals. The 25-year-old has been sidelined for the last two games after suffering the setback during Week 2. Smith would be immediately inserted as Cincinnati's primary pass-catching tight end and could be in for an amplified role if Tee Higgins (ribs) is unable to suit up on Sunday. Smith has hauled in five out of nine targets for 27 yards on the campaign, but the former second-round pick could enter the streaming conversation at a barren position in a beatable matchup if Higgins is out.

Oct 6, 2023 12:42 AM EST

Irv Smith Jr. Practices On Wednesday

Cincinnati Bengals tight end Irv Smith Jr. (hamstring) returned to practice on Wednesday. It's worth noting that he practiced in a limited capacity after not practicing at all last week. The fourth-year tight end missed the Bengals' previous two games with a hamstring issue but he's trending in the right direction to suit up in Week 5 against the Arizona Cardinals. Smith has just five catches for 27 scoreless yards across two games this year but the Bengals are more than likely going to be missing wide receiver Tee Higgins (ribs), which could open up more targets. Still, given how poor the Cincinnati offense has looked so far coupled with Smith's limited practice time, he's more of a dart throw--if he ends up playing-- for fantasy purposes.

Oct 4, 2023 6:28 PM EST

Irv Smith Jr. Won't Play In Week 4

Cincinnati Bengals tight end Irv Smith Jr. (hamstring) has been ruled out for the Week 4 contest this Sunday against the Tennessee Titans. Smith was unable to practice all week and will now be inactive for the second straight game. The oft-injured 25-year-old is off to a bad start in his first year in Cincinnati. In the first two games, he caught just five of his nine targets for 27 yards. Now that he's hurt, Smith belongs on the waiver wire in most fantasy leagues for the foreseeable future. The Bengals got all three of Tanner Hudson, Mitchell Wilcox and Drew Sample involved in the Monday night win over the Los Angeles Rams, but none of them are worth streaming at the tight end position in Week 4 with Smith out again.

Sep 29, 2023 3:00 PM EST

Irv Smith Jr. Not Practicing

Cincinnati Bengals tight end Irv Smith Jr. (hamstring) missed his second straight day of practice this week on Thursday. Smith was not active for Monday night's win over the Los Angeles Rams and is now in danger of missing his second straight contest in Week 4 against the Tennessee Titans. If the 25-year-old oft-injured tight end misses another game, expect Drew Sample and Mitchell Wilcox to once again split duties at the position, although neither player would be a very intriguing fantasy streamer. In his first two games with Cincinnati, Smith has been barely there in the Bengals offense, catching five of nine targets for just 27 yards and no touchdowns.

Sep 28, 2023 3:34 PM EST

Irv Smith Jr. Not Seen At Wednesday's Practice

Cincinnati Bengals tight end Irv Smith Jr. (hamstring) did not practice on Wednesday, per Paul Dehner Jr. of The Athletic. The 25-year-old missed Week 3 versus the Los Angeles Rams with a hamstring injury, and Wednesday's lack of activity doesn't spell a good start toward a possible return. Smith, who has caught five of his seven targets for 27 yards in two games this year, was a limited practice participant last Thursday and Friday before being ruled out on Monday. If the former second-round pick is unable to suit up once again for Week 4 against the Tennessee Titans, expect slot man Tyler Boyd to act as the main beneficiary after recording 17 targets in the past two contests.

Sep 28, 2023 12:05 AM EST

Irv Smith Jr. Is Doubtful For MNF In Week 3

Cincinnati Bengals tight end Irv Smith Jr. (hamstring) is doubtful for Monday Night Football against the Los Angeles Rams. Smith Jr. practiced in a limited capacity on both Friday and Saturday but was listed as doubtful on the team's final injury report ahead of their MNF tilt against the L.A. Rams. The tight end position has not played a large role in Cincinnati's offensive game plan to start the season, Smith Jr. has just five catches for 27 scoreless yards through two games. Drew Sample and Mitchell Wilcox would fill in if Smith Jr. is unable to play but neither player has any fantasy value.

Sep 23, 2023 2:53 PM EST

Irv Smith Jr. Has Three Catches In Week 1

Cincinnati Bengals tight end Irv Smith Jr. recorded three catches for 17 yards during the loss to the Browns on Sunday. Surprisingly, the former Viking was one of the Bengals' top producers in Week 1. However, considering Cincy accumulated only three points in this one, that's not saying much. Fantasy managers should at least be glad Smith got five targets from Joe Burrow. While he probably won't be a reliable fantasy option moving ahead, he may have a few decent performances this season. That said, Smith is undoubtedly a risky fantasy option in Week 2 versus the Baltimore Ravens.

Sep 10, 2023 9:53 PM EST

Irv Smith Jr. Set For Bengals Debut In Week 1

Cincinnati Bengals tight end Irv Smith Jr. will debut with his new squad on Sunday against the Browns. The 25-year-old spent the last four seasons in Minnesota, compiling 91 catches for 858 yards and nine touchdowns. However, he's battled various injuries throughout his career, including ankle and knee issues. But after signing a one-year deal with Cincinnati in March, Smith has a chance to turn things around and could benefit from the Bengals' high-powered offensive approach, assuming he remains on the field this season. Fantasy managers in deeper formats should consider starting him for the potential high-scoring AFC North showdown with Cleveland.

Sep 6, 2023 10:44 PM EST

Impressing coaches and teammates

Smith has been quick to pick up the Bengals offense this spring and is already impressing coach Zac Taylor, Geoff Hobson of reports. "That's the most impressive thing about Irv is how quickly he's picked everything up and even taken on the nuances," Taylor said.

Jun 15, 2023 2:25 PM EST

Slated to assume key role

Coach Zac Taylor indicated Monday that he believes Smith can move into the pass-catching tight end role previously handled by Hayden Hurst, Kevin Patra of reports. "Yeah, we think he can come in and play that role for us," Taylor noted of Smith. "There's always competition in that room, but that's the vision that we have for Irv to come in there and fill that role that Hayden had for us."

Apr 18, 2023 10:26 AM EST

Three catches in return from injury

Smith gathered in all three targets for 14 yards during Sunday's 29-13 win over Chicago.

Jan 9, 2023 10:45 AM EST

Comes off IR

Smith (ankle) was activated off injured reserve Saturday.

Jan 7, 2023 2:19 PM EST

To be activated

The Vikings plan to activate Smith (ankle) from injured reserve before Sunday's game against Chicago, Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports.

Jan 6, 2023 11:05 AM EST

Designated for IR return

The Vikings are designating Smith (ankle) to return from injured reserve, Chris Tomasson of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.

Dec 28, 2022 11:22 AM EST

Progressing, but still out Week 16

Vikings head coach Kevin O'Connell said Thursday that Smith (ankle) is progressing, but the tight end will remain on injured reserve for Saturday's game against the Giants, Andrew Krammer of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports. "He looks really good," O'Connell said of Smith, who has resumed working out off to the side with trainers during practice. "Hopefully we can get him back with us soon."

Dec 23, 2022 10:03 AM EST

Could return from IR soon

Vikings head coach Kevin O'Connell said Thursday that Smith (ankle) is close to returning from injured reserve, Chris Tomasson of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.

Dec 15, 2022 11:59 AM EST