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Former Alabama TE Irv Smith making an impact on Joe Burrow

Matthew Emmons - USA Today Sports

Cincinnati has several big-play wide receivers on its roster, including JaMarr Chase, but now Joe Burrow has a talented tight end.

Irv Smith Jr., a University of Alabama alumnus, joins the Bengals after time with the Minnesota Vikings. Smith was with the Vikings for four years (2019-22) as a former second-round pick. He totaled 88 receptions for 844 yards and eight touchdowns.

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The 6-foot-2, 240-pounder came into the Crimson Tide’s 2016 signing class.

He assisted the team to a College Football Playoff National Championship in 2017 and two Southeastern Conference titles in 2016 and 2018. Smith made second-team All-SEC in 2018 after totaling 44 catches for 710 yards and seven touchdowns. According to Burrow, Smith has been smooth for the Bengals in offseason workouts and he is excited to have the former Tide standout.

Cincinnati knows it can win a Super Bowl with Burrow, but it wants more weapons around him.

Hopefully, Smith can become a star for the team.

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Stephen M. Smith is the managing editor and senior writer for Touchdown Alabama Magazine.  You can “like” him on Facebook or “follow” him on Twitter, via @CoachingMSmith.

Stephen Smith is a 2015 graduate of the University of Alabama. He is a senior writer and reporter for Touchdown Alabama Magazine. He has covered Alabama football for 10+ years and his knowledge and coverage of the Crimson Tide's program have made him among the most respected journalist in his field. Smith has been featured on ESPN and several other marquee outlets as an analyst.

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