Justin Jefferson caught a 3-yard touchdown on the following play.
“Tyler’s doing a good job,” Head Coach Mike Zimmer told media members Monday. “He’s done a nice job blocking, [and] they had man-to-man on one of the routes, and he beat the guy on the inside breaking route.
“He’s doing a nice job,” Zimmer continued. “He’s a good, solid player, and a good guy, and a good worker.”
Conklin has embraced increased responsibility in the absence of Irv Smith, Jr., who is on Injured Reserve with a knee injury. He finished Sunday with career highs in catches (seven) and yards (70). The 26-year-old played 54 (72 percent) of Minnesota’s 75 offensive snaps.
From being a fifth-round selection in the 2018 NFL Draft to being tasked with so much, Conklin is grateful for the journey he’s taken and each opportunity he’s received.
“It’s kind of the way my whole career’s unfolded, [going] back to college, being a walk-on,” Conklin said. “I had to kind of wait on my opportunity and take advantage of it then. Obviously here, being behind a Pro Bowler in Kyle [Rudolph] and Irv … so I’m just grateful.”