Vikings TE Gets ‘Madden’ Kudos

Connor Dodson (right), 14, and Aaden Brady, 13, play Madden video games as fans gather at the Super Bowl LVII Experience at the Phoenix Convention Center on Feb. 11, 2023. © Joe Rondone/The Republic / USA TODAY NETWORK.

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Connor Dodson (right), 14, and Aden Brady, 13, play Madden video games as fans gather at the Super Bowl LVII Experience at the Phoenix Convention Center in Feb. 11, 2023. © Joe Rondon/The Republic/USA TODAY Network.

Minnesota Vikings training camp starts in three days, but before that, the EA Sports game To anger Player ratings are being unveiled, an annual tradition indicating the NFL season is underway.

Earlier in the week, Vikings wideout Justin Jefferson had the best score in a video game with 99, while Harrison Smith was named the NFL’s seventh best safety.

Vikings tee gets ‘Madden’ fame

And on Thursday, tight end TJ Hockenson also got his laurels, scoring 90 overall. To anger – Also known as the 4th best rating in this year’s edition of the game among TE.

January 8, 2023; Chicago, Illinois, USA; Minnesota Vikings tight end TJ Hockenson (87) and guard Ezra Cleveland (72) greet fans after a game against the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field. Mandatory credit: Matt Marten-USA TODAY Sports.

Hockenson was outplayed only by the fantasy football ‘Big Three’ – Travis Kelce (Kansas City Chiefs), George Kittel (San Francisco 49ers), and Mark Andrews (Baltimore Ravens).

here is complete To anger TE pecking order for 2023:

  1. travis keles (KC) 99
  2. george kittel (SF) 96
  3. Mark Andrews (BAL) 95
  4. TJ Hockenson (min) 90
  5. Dallas Goedert (phi) 89
  6. kyle pitts (ATL) 87
  7. darren waller (NYG) 87
  8. Pat Freiermuth (PIT) 85
  9. David Njoku (CLE) 84
  10. evan engram (NYG) 84
January 15, 2023; Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; Minnesota Vikings tight end TJ Hockenson (87) reacts after the game against the New York Giants during the second quarter of the Wild Card game at US Bank Stadium. Mandatory credit: Matt Krohn-USA TODAY Sports.

The Vikings traded a 2023 second-round pick and a 2024 third-round pick to the Detroit Lions for tight end TJ Hockenson, a 2023 fourth-round pick and a conditional 2024 fourth-round pick last November. The move completely revamped the Vikings’ 2022 offense, adding a target for quarterback Kirk Cousins ​​in the middle of the field. As opposing defensive coordinators increasingly focused on Hockenson’s Offensive Player of the Year teammate, Justin Jefferson, Hockenson felt like a godsend.

Here are some statistics to illustrate Hockenson’s immediate impact on the Vikings:

most receiving yards,
In first 10 games with the Vikings:

Justin Jefferson (848)
Sammy White (742)
John Gilliam (722)
Randy Moss (698)
Bernard Berrian (667)
Stephen Diggs (638)
Jermaine Wiggins (538)
TJ Hockenson (519)

December 4, 2022; Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; Minnesota Vikings tight end TJ Hockenson (87) made a fumble while New York Jets linebacker Quon Alexander (9) made a defense during the first quarter at US Bank Stadium. Mandatory credit: Matt Krohn-USA TODAY Sports.

Most receptions by a TE
first 10 games with the franchise,
since 1970

TJ Hockenson, min (60)
Kellen Winslow, CLE (56)
Keith Jackson, PHI (54)
Tony Gonzalez, KC (52)
Jermaine Wiggins, Minn. (51)

December 11, 2022; Detroit, Michigan, USA; Tight end TJ Hockenson (87) of the Minnesota Vikings and wide receiver Josh Reynolds (8) of the Detroit Lions talk for a minute after the game at Ford Field. Mandatory credit: David Reginec-USA TODAY Sports.

Hockenson is also eligible for a contract extension, which could come into effect any day. Vikings organize team activities in May, Hockenson spoke to reporters about his future. “It is not really something that I am focused on. I mean, it is what it is. I guess it’s no secret that this is coming out, but it’s not the focus that I’m concerned about. “I’m just here playing football, hanging out with the guys, really enjoying the city of Minneapolis and trying to meet these fans,” Hockenson said.

“This is a place I clearly want to be, and everything needs to be worked on. I hope to be here for a long time, but at the same time, this is a business and there is a side to it. Again, I don’t look into that, but it’s great to be here now,” he concluded.

And when that deal is finalized, the Vikings will employ Madden’s Fourth best tight end for the next four to six years.

Hockenson turned 26 earlier this month.

dustin baker is a political scientist who graduated from the University of Minnesota in 2007. Subscribe to his daily YouTube channel, vikesnow, He hosts a podcast with Bryant McKinney, which airs every Wednesday raun sah And Sal Masala, His Vikings obsession dates back to 1996. List of guilty pleasures: Peanut butter ice cream, ‘The Sopranos,’ Bassett Hounds, and The Doors (band).

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