In somewhat of a surprising move, the Detroit Lions moved on from young tight end T.J. Hockenson during Tuesday's trade deadline. The move was less surprising than his new destination as the Lions swapped him to an NFC North rival in the Minnesota Vikings.
Detroit picked up Hockenson's 2023 rookie fifth-year option, meaning he might not have 100% fit into the franchise's long terms plans. But, it still means the departure of 15 TDs and 2,000+ receiving yards.
When asked about his new team, Hockenson took a parting shot at the team who drafted him No. 8 overall back n 2019.
The first half of Hockenson's quote is good. Every NFL player wants to win games and moving from a 1-6 team to a 6-1 team is proof of that. But, he ends with an unnecessary dig at the Lions, saying it's "the first time" he's been able to really talk about winning games.
Minnesota and Detroit have been on two different trajectories in the last five years. Minnesota continuously flirts with playoff berths, finishing at least second in the division every season but one dating back to 2016. The Lions, on the other hand, haven't had a winning record since 2017.
Hockenson, the Lions, the Lions fanbase and the front office all know that. It's a team stuck in a lengthy rebuild, but finally showing life with a new head coach in Dan Campbell and some real firepower on offense. Throwing dirt on a franchise that's struggling isn't really necessary in this situation.
Hockenson's new squad is favored at -850 odds to win the NFC North on FanDuel Sportsbook. Meanwhile, Detroit already holds longshot +5000 odds.
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