Austin Hooper
TE ATL (8)
12 hours ago

Hooper failed to haul in his one target during Sunday's 40-14 win against the Cardinals.

EDGE Analysis

Dealing with knee an ankle injuries, Hooper sat out of practice Wednesday and Thursday before participating in Friday's session and ultimately being cleared for Week 15. On a first quarter red-zone drive set up by Tevin Coleman's monstrous 65-yard run, Hooper had a golden opportunity to cash in for his fifth touchdown of the season, but was unable to haul in a chest-high pass from Matt Ryan on third and goal. With an eye on the future, and perhaps out of concern stemming from his questionable status entering the weekend, Hooper received just one target in Sunday's convincing win over Arizona, compared to an average of 7.1 targets per game between Weeks 5 and 14. Upcoming in Week 16 is a matchup against a Panthers defense that's been lenient on tight ends, ranking bottom 14 in both catches (73) and receiving yards (796) allowed to the position, with an NFL-high nine touchdowns surrendered on the year.

Austin Hooper
TE ATL (8)
3 days ago

Coach Dan Quinn said Hooper (knee/ankle) will play in Sunday's game against the Cardinals, Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

The same goes for Julio Jones (foot), while running back Ito Smith (knee) is listed as questionable but is expected to play, per D. Orlando Ledbetter of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Matt Ryan thus figures to have his full complement of weapons against an Arizona defense that allows just 7.0 yards per pass attempt. The Cardinals have limited tight ends to just 52 catches for 538 yards and three touchdowns, including modest performances from the likes of Travis Kelce (6-46-0), George Kittle (5-83-0, 5-57-0) and Jared Cook (3-31-1).

Austin Hooper
TE ATL (8)
3 days ago

Hooper (knee/ankle) suited up for Friday's practice, Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

Hooper sat out the Falcons' first two practice sessions of the week, but it appears he will get some work in Friday, which bodes well for his chances of taking the field in Week 15. His official injury designation for Sunday's matchup with the Cardinals will be revealed after Friday's practice concludes.

Austin Hooper
TE ATL (8)
4 days ago

Hooper (knee/ankle) stretched with the team but didn't practice Thursday, Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

Hooper has yet to practice since limping off the field on the final possession of the Falcons' Week 14 loss at Green Bay. Knee and ankle injuries are to blame, but one practice remains to prove that he can play through any discomfort. Elsewhere in the TE corps, Logan Paulsen (knee/ankle) returned to practice Wednesday and would serve as the top option if Hooper ultimately is unable to play. Meanwhile, the sole healthy option at the position is Eric Saubert, who has five catches in 27 career games.

Austin Hooper
TE ATL (8)
5 days ago

Hooper (knee) isn't practicing Wednesday, Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

Injured in the closing minutes of Sunday's 34-20 loss to Green Bay, the 24-year-old tight end is now in danger of missing Week 15 against the Cardinals, though coach Dan Quinn said Monday that Hooper should have a chance to play. No. 2 tight end Logan Paulsen (knee/ankle) returned to practice Wednesday after missing the game in Green Bay.

Austin Hooper
TE ATL (8)
7 days ago

Coach Dan Quinn said Hooper (knee) has a chance to play Week 15 against the Cardinals, Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

Hooper injured his knee toward the end of Sunday's 34-20 loss to Green Bay, ultimately catching four of six targets for 37 yards across 55 snaps (78 percent). The Falcons believe he avoided a long-term injury, but there's still no guarantee he's ready for Week 15. No. 3 tight end Eric Saubert is left as the team's only healthy player at his position, with Logan Paulsen (knee/ankle) coming off a Week 14 absence.

Austin Hooper
TE ATL (8)
1 week ago

Hooper suffered a knee injury in Sunday's 34-20 loss to the Packers, Kelsey Conway of the Falcons' official site reports.

EDGE Analysis

Hooper limped off the field on the Falcons final drive of the game and was deemed questionable to return, but with the game in the closing stages and already out of reach he never retook the field. The 24-year-old caught four of six targets for 37 yards as the Falcons offense struggled to score until the fourth quarter. The specifics of the injury remain unclear, but his status should receive some clarification by the time Atlanta resumes practice Wednesday.

Austin Hooper
TE ATL (8)
2 weeks ago

Hooper caught all five of his targets, racking up 44 receiving yards and one touchdown during Sunday's 26-16 loss to Baltimore.

EDGE Analysis

Hooper has been a steady contributor for the Falcons passing attack over the past four weeks, compiling four or more receptions and five-plus targets in every game, with 24 total catches and two touchdowns over that span. He's been a top 10 play at tight end in most all scoring formats this season, but what's preventing him from becoming an upper-echelon option at the position is an inability to stretch the field. Hooper has only exceeded 60 receiving yards once through 12 outings this season, and he was held to 50 or fewer yards in 15 of 16 appearances last year. Week 14 brings a matchup against a Packers defense that's suffocated tight ends in 2018, allowing just one touchdown to the position all season.

Austin Hooper
TE ATL (8)
3 weeks ago

Hooper caught all five of his targets for 31 yards during Thursday's 31-17 loss to the Saints.

EDGE Analysis

Hooper has been a high volume target within the Falcons passing attack, helping him develop into a low-end TE1 option in his third year out of Stanford. He's garnered 6.2 targets per game this season (compared to a previous career-best of 4.1 targets per game in 2017), and he remains just 50 receiving yards short of a personal record (526). A Week 13 matchup against Baltimore is less than optimal, facing a defense that's allowed just three tight end touchdowns all season -- Hooper has a score in three of his four double-digit PPR outings in 2018, and a touchdown in all three of his double-digit performances in standard formats.

Austin Hooper
TE ATL (8)
1 month ago

Hooper hauled in four of eight targets, picking up 27 yards during Sunday's 22-19 loss to the Cowboys.

EDGE Analysis

Hooper endured a ho-hum performance against a Cowboys defense that's struggled at defending the position in 2018 (entered the game allowing the fifth-most tight end receptions). The third-year man was held under 40 yards for the first time since Week 4, while tying his worst catch rate of the season at 50 percent. Outside of three monstrous showings -- a combined 28 catches for 204 yards and two touchdowns against Pittsburgh, Tampa Bay and Cleveland -- Hooper has averaged 3.1 catches and fewer than 35 receiving yards per game. Next comes a Thanksgiving night matchup against a Saints defense that ranks among the NFL's three-worst teams with over 295 passing yards allowed per game .