Austin Hooper
TE ATL (8)
2 days ago

Head coach Dan Quinn said Saturday that Hooper is improving as a run blocker, Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

If Hooper can adequately contribute in opening up running lanes for Atlanta's talented stable of backs, it will likely increase the third-year tight end's weekly snap count. His pass-catching abilities and athleticism are a proven commodity, but improvement as a blocker will only up his fantasy value by way of enhanced playing time. Hooper has potential low-end TE1 value within the high-powered Falcons' offense, as he'll frequently be facing single coverage given all the other weapons that opponents have to account for on the perimeter. The concern would be that with such an embarrassment of riches at the skill positions, Hooper might not get the requisite number of targets to be a starting-level fantasy asset in standard leagues.

Austin Hooper
TE ATL (8)
4 days ago

Hooper caught both of his targets for 33 yards and a touchdown in Friday's preseason game against the Chiefs.

EDGE Analysis

Hooper picked up 29 yards to convert a 3rd-and-11 on Atlanta's third snap, then hurdled over a defender for a four-yard touchdown to finish the opening drive. His talent, age and pedigree make him a reasonable candidate for a Year 3 leap, but he may struggle for volume when the Falcons have all their weapons healthy.

Austin Hooper
TE ATL (8)
5 months ago

At this week's NFL owners meeting, head coach Dan Quinn was asked to identify several players who the Falcons expect elevated performance from in 2018. Hooper is one candidate who the coaching staff anticipates will break out this season, D. Orlando Ledbetter of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

EDGE Analysis

Hooper increased his catch total from 19 during his rookie campaign to 49 in his sophomore season, but head coach Dan Quinn still sees substantial room for growth in the young tight end's game. "I'm really looking forward to where Austin Hooper is going to go," Quinn said this week at the NFL owners meeting, "In the run game, he can get better... (but) he's a really committed football guy. I think there will be a big jump." It is probable that improving as a blocker would help Hooper increase his snap count from last season (on the field for 76.6 percent of Atlanta's offensive plays ), but more consistent production as a receiver would also bolster the likelihood of him being a part of the Falcons' long-term plans. Hooper enjoyed a promising first half of the season in 2017, averaging nine fantasy points per game in PPR scoring through Week 10 before flatlining over the second half of the season with 3.2 fantasy points per game.

Austin Hooper
TE ATL (8)
5 months ago

Hooper returned to Atlanta last week to work with Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan at the team facility, ESPN.com's Vaughn McClure reports.

EDGE Analysis

Despite ripping off an 88-yard touchdown in the first game of the year, Hooper saw his average per reception drop from 14.3 yards as a rookie to 10.7 in 2017. He had a couple drops in crucial moments and finished the season with 49 catches for 526 yards and three touchdowns on 65 targets, failing to top 50 yards in any game after Week 1. The 2016 third-round pick appears locked in as Atlanta's top tight end, but he'll need to display major improvement to earn consistent volume, as the Falcons have the luxury of leaning on wideouts Julio Jones and Mohamed Sanu, in addition to the impressive backfield duo of Devonta Freeman and Tevin Coleman. Hooper was third on the team in targets, but it was a distant third behind Jones (149) and Sanu (97). The 23-year-old hopes to get a head start toward a potential breakout campaign by working with Ryan early in the offseason while many of his teammates are still on vacation.

Austin Hooper
TE ATL (8)
7 months ago

Hooper caught one ball for three yards in a 15-10 playoff loss to the Eagles.

EDGE Analysis

The Falcons never expected Hooper to live up to the likes of Tony Gonzalez, but it's hard to say that he's lived up to expectations in two years in the league. He did see a sizable increase in both targets and yards, as he finished the year with 49 receptions for 526 yards, but he was again held to only three touchdowns. Some of that is due to the fact that the Falcons have a number of offensive weapons, but fantasy owners likely hoped for more this year. Hopefully he continues to see more work and can find the end zone more frequently in 2018.

Austin Hooper
TE ATL (8)
7 months ago

Hooper caught three balls on five targets for 15 yards in Saturday's playoff win over the Rams.

EDGE Analysis

Hooper has had between two and three receptions in each of his last seven games, so you know what to expect from him. He hasn't caught a touchdown pass in any of those last seven games either, so temper your expectations in the Divisional Round against the Eagles.

Austin Hooper
TE ATL (8)
8 months ago

Hooper caught both of his targets for 12 yards in the 24-21 win over the Buccaneers on Monday.

EDGE Analysis

Matt Ryan only completed 17 passes on the day, so Hooper didn't get a lot of looks. He's gone five weeks without a touchdown and would be a risky option in Week 16, even in a good match up against the Saints.

Austin Hooper
TE ATL (8)
8 months ago

Hooper brought in two of four targets for 23 yards in Thursday's 20-17 win over the Saints.

EDGE Analysis

Hooper was once again strictly a complementary figure in the passing attack behind wideouts Julio Jones and Mohamed Sanu. The second-year tight end has been quiet over the last four games, notching 10 catches for 81 yards during that stretch. That follows a three-game span in Weeks 8-10 during which Hooper had compiled 13 catches and had seen six targets apiece in each contest. He remains a hit-or-miss option week-to-week and will look to up his production against the Buccaneers in a Week 15 road tilt on Monday Night Football.

Austin Hooper
TE ATL (8)
9 months ago

Hooper caught three balls for 21 yards in Sunday's 14-9 loss to the Vikings.

EDGE Analysis

Hooper's three receptions tied him for the team lead, which speaks to how ineffective Atlanta's passing attack was on the day. Look for the passing attack to bounce back in Week 14 at home against the Saints.

Austin Hooper
TE ATL (8)
9 months ago

Hooper brought in three of five targets for 38 yards in Sunday's 34-20 win over the Buccaneers.

EDGE Analysis

The second-year tight end once again had a modest role on an afternoon that was dominated by the remarkable exploits of Julio Jones. Hooper has at least been seeing a steady target share on the majority of weeks, which has helped him notch at least two catches in five straight games, as well as in seven of the last eight overall. The 23-year-old has yet to flash much yardage upside outside of the opener versus the Bears, but his three touchdowns on the season and volume of between five and six targets in four of the last five contests is encouraging. He'll look to make an impact in the Week 13 showdown against the Vikings.