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T.J. Hockenson Takes Clear Shot At Lions' Organization After Tuesday's Trade

Lions tight end T.J. Hockenson

One of the most surprising deals during a wild day before the NFL trade deadline came when the Detroit Lions sent tight end T.J. Hockenson to the division rival Minnesota Vikings.

Speaking with reporters for the first time in Minnesota, Hockenson took a not-so-subtle shot at the organization that drafted him in the first round in 2019.

Hockenson noted the postseason aspirations for the 6-1 Vikings and said "that's kind of the first time I've been able to say that."

"T.J. Hockenson on going from Lions to Vikings: 'That’s really what we’re here to do is go somewhere and win some games. That’s kind of the first time I’ve been able to say that.'" -- Will Ragatz

The Vikings' move to acquire Hockenson, which coincided with tight end Irv Smith being put on injured reserve due to an ankle injury that will sideline him for the rest of the regular season, showed their belief that they can win the NFC North and make a deep postseason run this year.

The Vikings sent the Lions a 2023 second-round draft pick and a 2024 third-round pick for Hockenson and fourth-round picks in 2023 and 2024.

The Lions, currently 1-6, never posted a winning record during Hockenson's three full seasons there. They went 12-42-2 during his tenure in Detroit.