Austin Hooper
TE ATL (9)
5 hours ago

Hooper (ankle) was cleared for the start of training camp, Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

Entering the fourth and final season of his rookie contract, Hooper was held out of June minicamp with a minor ankle injury. It isn't clear if the Falcons are interested in signing him to an extension, considering they recently completed big deals for DT Grady Jarrett and LB Deion Jones (foot) and now need to hammer out a new contract for Julio Jones (foot). Hooper's spot atop the TE depth chart is unquestioned, while his future with the team is far less secure.

Austin Hooper
TE ATL (9)
1 month ago

Head coach Dan Quinn said that Hooper (ankle) will not partake in mandatory minicamp this week, but he will be a "full go" for training camp this summer, Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

Hooper's absence from minicamp stands as a precautionary measure, with the team aiming to avoid unnecessary risk to his recently tweaked ankle. The indication from coach Quinn is that the issue is minor, and the fourth-year tight end should be fully healthy by the time team activities begin ramping back up in July. So long as he is operating near 100 percent, Hooper is likely to remain a viable starter in fantasy. Working within one of the NFL's most potent passing attacks last season, he finished tied for seventh among tight ends with 13 red-zone targets.

Austin Hooper
TE ATL (9)
2 months ago

Hooper (ankle) is not present at Thursday's practice, William McFadden of the Falcons' official site reports.

EDGE Analysis

Hooper is nursing an ankle injury, per Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com. It's not clear if the tight end will be available for mandatory minicamp June 11 through June 13. If not, a combination of Luke Stocker, Logan Paulsen and Eric Saubert will have to fill in with the first-team offense.

Austin Hooper
TE ATL (9)
3 months ago

Hooper said Wednesday that he looks forward to working with new tight ends coach Mike Mularkey in 2019, D. Orlando Ledbetter of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

EDGE Analysis

Fresh off his first career Pro Bowl season, Hooper's prospects remain bright heading into 2019 with Mularkey stepping in as the position group coach. Now studying under a former NFL tight end and coach with 14 combined years of head coach and offensive coordinator experience, Hooper is primed to excel under Mularkey in his fourth pro campaign. The 24-year-old Hooper finds his career traveling along an upward trajectory, coming off a 71-reception, 660-yard year after averaging 34 catches and 398.5 yards per season between 2016 and 2017.

Austin Hooper
TE ATL (9)
6 months ago

Hooper recorded the only touchdown for the NFC during Sunday's Pro Bowl, hauling in a 20-yard Dak Prescott touchdown pass in a 26-7 loss to the AFC.

EDGE Analysis

Hooper capped his breakout 2018 campaign with a shutout-preventing touchdown catch around the nine-minute mark of the fourth quarter Sunday. Despite a plethora of options in the Falcons' passing attack, the third-year tight end obliterated previous career highs in targets, receptions and receiving yards by counts of 23, 22 and 134, respectively. Perhaps the most impressive aspect of Hooper's improvement this season was his efficiency, as he hauled in 80.7 percent of his targets, best of all qualified NFL tight ends.

Austin Hooper
TE ATL (9)
6 months ago

Hooper was named to the NFC Pro Bowl roster Tuesday after Zach Ertz withdrew from the event, Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

Hooper enjoyed his best pro campaign by a mile in 2018, establishing new career highs in receptions (71), receiving yards (660) and touchdowns (four) en route to his first career Pro Bowl nod. As a reliable middle-of-the-field target for Matt Ryan, Hooper found himself well inside starting range among fantasy tight ends, but a plethora of options in the Falcons' passing attack prevented him from breaking into elite territory at the position. With top wideouts Julio Jones, Calvin Ridley and Mohamed Sanu all set to return, Hooper appears poised to once again provide starting value, but it remains unlikely that he'll break into the Travis Kelce, George Kittle, Ertz-tier of fantasy tight ends.

Austin Hooper
TE ATL (9)
7 months ago

Hooper caught both of his targets for 36 total yards during Sunday's 24-10 win over the Panthers.

EDGE Analysis

Hooper helped tie up the game in the second quarter with a 32-yard reception, setting up a Matt Bryan field goal. It was an otherwise quiet outing for Hooper who has just three games this season with fewer than three receptions, but two of them have come over the past two weeks. He'll have a chance to rebound in a big way in the season finale against a weak Tampa Bay pass defense against which Hooper collected nine catches for 71 yards and a touchdown in a Week-6 win.

Austin Hooper
TE ATL (9)
7 months ago

Hooper (knee/ankle) doesn't have an injury designation for Sunday's game in Carolina, Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

Hooper played through the same pair of injuries in last week's 4-14 win over the Cardinals, finishing with season-low marks for snaps (34), snap share (51 percent) and targets (one). Another week of limited practice participation creates some concern about the extent of his role, though the lack of involvement last week was partially a product of the Falcons winning in a blowout. The team will probably need more from its passing game after halftime this week, and there's some chance target-hogging Julio Jones (questionable- hip) will be absent or limited.

Austin Hooper
TE ATL (9)
7 months ago

Hooper (knee/ankle) was listed as a Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com at Thursday's practice.

EDGE Analysis

While Hooper is still having his reps monitored carefully, the tight end at least seems to be in better place health wise than he was a week earlier. Hooper sat out practices last Wednesday and Thursday before returning to work Friday, but went on to play a season-low 34 offensive snaps in Sunday's win over the Cardinals. With back-to-back limited practice showings to kick of Week 16, Hooper should reclaim a higher snap share this weekend in Carolina.

Austin Hooper
TE ATL (9)
7 months ago

Hooper (knee/ankle) was limited in practice Wednesday, Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

After he was contained to one limited practice last week, Hooper played a season-low 51 percent of the Falcons' offensive snaps this past Sunday versus the Cardinals. The reduced snap count was apparent in the box score -- no catches on one target -- the first time he was blanked since Week 13 of his rookie season in 2016. As the week goes on, a return to full participation would put him in line for his usual workload in the 70-80 percent range Sunday against a Panthers defense that has given up the most touchdowns (nine) to tight ends this year.