Over eight regular-season games, Smith recorded 25 receptions (on 36 targets) for 182 yards and two touchdowns in 2022.
What it means:
Smith got out to a solid start over the first seven games of the season before landing on IR with a high-ankle sprain. The 2019 second-round pick was then activated ahead of the regular-season finale, though he'd already lost his No. 1 tight end spot to T.J. Hockenson, who the Vikings acquired via trade from Detroit just before Smith went on injured reserve Nov. 1. Smith then went out catching one of two targets while playing just four offensive snaps in the divisional-round loss to the Giants. He thus finished the 2022 campaign with the lowest receiving marks of his career outside of the 2021 season when he sat out every game due to a meniscus injury. Smith is now set to become an unrestricted free agent this offseason, leaving it unlikely he'll be retained by the Vikings moving forward.