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Kevin O'Connell Reveals Exciting Plans for T.J. Hockenson in Vikings Debut

Adam Taylor McKillop
Head coach Kevin O'Connell revealed exciting plans for T.J. Hockenson in his Minnesota Vikings debut.
Head coach Kevin O'Connell revealed exciting plans for T.J. Hockenson in his Minnesota Vikings debut. / ASSOCIATED PRESS
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Tight end T.J. Hockenson spent his first four NFL seasons giving the Minnesota Vikings a major headache. That spanned 6 games in which the young TE caught 20 balls for 185 yards and 3 TDs.

On Sunday, he'll suit up for the first time in his career wearing the purple and gold. The Vikings acquired the talented pass-catcher before the NFL's trade deadline, swiping him away from their NFC North rival Detroit Lions.

Head coach Kevin O'Connell shared his plans for the newcomer in Week 9's clash against the Washington Commanders.

O'Connell explained that Hockenson will "be in most packages" on Sunday and plans for him "to play a lot today." That's somewhat surprising given the complexity of NFL offenses. New trade acquisitions or free agent signings often take a few weeks to get up to full speed.

Hockenson has some intriguing prop bets available on FanDuel Sportsbook, including an over/under of 37.5 receiving yards, 3.5 receptions and +270 odds as an anytime TD scorer. Hockenson is averaging 3.71 receptions, 56.4 receiving yards per game in 2022.

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