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Austin Hooper | Titans TE

Date of Birth:  11/04/1994
Age:  27
Height  6'3"
Weight:   254
College:  Stanford
Drafted:  2016 | Round 3 | Pick 81
Depth Chart:  Starter

Austin Hooper | Titans TE


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Austin Hooper | Titans TE

Austin Hooper is signing with the Titans, according to NFL Network's Tom Pelissero.

Hooper will get a one-year, $6-million deal following his release from the Browns, and it's a match that many immediately brought up when the former Stanford standout became available. Tennessee still has more work to do to build the receiving corps behind A.J. Brown, but Hooper is a very reliable target at tight end. The position has seemed to get slightly stronger every year, but Hooper will have a case for top-15 value in a play-action heavy attack centered around Derrick Henry.

Austin Hooper | Titans TE

The Browns are releasing Austin Hooper, according to ESPN's Jeremy Fowler.

Hooper is expendable after the team placed the franchise tag on David Njoku, and there is now a very good chance they extend the former first-round pick with a long-term deal. Designating Hooper as a post-June 1 release will save the team nearly $10 million in cap space, so it's possible this is a precursor to acquiring Deshaun Watson—especially since they could have done this before free agency in order to give Hooper a market starting on Monday. Either way, this is great news for the outlook for Njoku as a potential TE1 option in 2022, and Harrison Bryant will be the clear No. 2 tight end for the Browns. As for Hooper, he shouldn't have trouble finding a new home as a likely starter somewhere else.

Austin Hooper | Titans TE

Austin Hooper has been activated from the reserve/COVID-19 list.

Head coach Kevin Stefanski is also back for Cleveland, so they'll be closer to full strength heading into the Christmas Day matchup against Green Bay. David Njoku has established himself as the preferred play at tight end, but Hooper is worth a look versus a defense that couldn't contain Mark Andrews in Week 15.

Austin Hooper | Titans TE

The Browns placed Austin Hooper on the reserve/COVID-19 list.

Hooper joins Jarvis Landry among the skill players for Cleveland to be placed on the COVID list. Keep in mind the Browns play on Saturday for Week 15, so all these guys are working against the clock to get cleared.

Austin Hooper | Titans TE

Austin Hooper (neck) is officially active for the Browns.

After missing last week with the neck issue, Hooper is back for Sunday night against the Giants. Hooper is the preferred fantasy option among Browns tight ends for Week 15.

Austin Hooper | Titans TE

Austin Hooper (neck) is officially listed as questionable for Sunday night.

Unless there's more clarity on Hooper's status over the weekend, it might be tough to wait it out on him for Week 15 fantasy lineups. Rookie Harrison Bryant could be an intriguing play with David Njoku (knee) also questionable for Sunday night.

Austin Hooper | Titans TE

Austin Hooper (neck) is officially inactive for Monday night.

David Njoku and rookie Harrison Bryant will handle the load at tight end for the Browns tonight versus the Ravens. Hopefully this is just a one-game absence for Hooper, but Cleveland plays on Sunday night next week, so there might not be much clarity on his status ahead of lineup decisions for Week 15.

Austin Hooper | Titans TE

Austin Hooper (neck) is officially questionable for Monday night.

The Browns are very deep at tight end, but they would obviously be happy if Hooper is able to give it a go in a huge matchup against the Ravens. Just be sure to have a backup plan (perhaps David Njoku or Harrison Bryant) if you want to use Hooper in your Week 14 fantasy lineup.

Austin Hooper | Titans TE

Austin Hooper (illness) has been ruled out for Week 7.

[UPDATE: It's appendicitis, and Hooper may also miss next week's game, too.] Hooper's illness isn't COVID-related, but similar to Melvin Gordon last week for Denver, the new rules will keep him out this weekend. For those who are desperate at tight end, David Njoku and Harrison Bryant are both worth considering as plug-and-play options in Kevin Stefanski's offense.

Austin Hooper | Titans TE

Multiple reports: The Browns are signing Austin Hooper.

ESPN's Jeremy Fowler was the first to report that this deal was close, and NFL Network now reports that the two sides are in agreement (the contract cannot become official until Wednesday at 4:00 PM ET) on a deal to make Hooper the NFL's highest-paid tight end. The signing is a surprise, as Cleveland has former first-round pick David Njoku at tight end, but new head coach Kevin Stefanski and the new regime must have identified Hooper as a player that fits perfectly in his offense. Njoku is a definite trade candidate this offseason. Hooper had 146 receptions over the past two seasons with the Falcons.

Austin Hooper | Titans TE

Austin Hooper will play in Week 14.

Hooper missed the previous three games with a knee injury, but he's back in the lineup for the final four games of the season for Atlanta (and in time for the fantasy playoffs for most leagues). Hooper is averaging 14.1 fantasy points per game (half PPR) this season and should be immediately inserted back into fantasy lineups as a TE1.

Austin Hooper | Titans TE

Austin Hooper (knee) officially practiced today.

Hooper was officially limited, but it's a great start to the week as he looks to return to the lineup for the Falcons. Hooper is expected to play in Week 14, but we'll track his status the next couple of days leading up to the release of the week's final injury report on Friday.

Austin Hooper | Titans TE

Austin Hooper (knee) is expected to miss around a month, according to Ian Rapoport.

There was hope that Hooper wouldn't miss too much time with his MCL injury, but this news knocks him out into the fantasy playoffs—making the thinnest position in the league even thinner. The loaded Atlanta offense is now basically down to Julio Jones and Calvin Ridley with Devonta Freeman (foot) out for a couple of weeks and Mohamed Sanu in New England, but Brian Hill and Russell Gage should both see a boost in the short term. At tight end, Luke Stocker won't be a highly recommended play, and you should hold onto Hooper if you can in redraft leagues.

Austin Hooper | Titans TE

Austin Hooper has a sprained MCL, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.

Rapoport says that Hooper is getting a second opinion to see how much time he'll miss. Hooper should be considered week-to-week for now, but hopefully the second opinion gives good news for Atlanta's stud tight end. Hooper should be held on all fantasy rosters given the lack of options at his position.

Austin Hooper | Titans TE

Austin Hooper is expected to miss time with a knee injury, according to Ian Rapoport.

Hooper was limping pretty badly when he went down on Sunday, but an MRI will determine the extent of the injury, and it not being deemed season-ending already is likely a good sign. Still, the resurgent Falcons may be without both Hooper and Devonta Freeman (foot) against the Panthers in Week 11, and fantasy owners will have to come up with alternatives at tight end.

Austin Hooper | Titans TE

Austin Hooper scores twice in Falcons' loss.

Hooper caught six passes for 66 yards and two touchdowns in Atlanta's 27-24 Week 3 loss at Indianapolis. Both touchdowns came in the red zone, and quarterback Matt Ryan clearly loves throwing to Hooper in that area of the field. There was talk from the Falcons of Hooper taking another step this season, and it looks like he's doing that with 19 receptions through three games. Hooper is a high-floor fantasy option for Week 4 against the Titans.

Austin Hooper | Titans TE

Falcons coaches talk up tight end Austin Hooper.

Longtime NFL coach Mike Mularkey (a three-time head coach) is now coaching Atlanta's tight ends, and he told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution that Hooper "is a threat in this offense," while head coach Dan Quinn says Hooper is "ready to go to another level." Quinn is a very positive coach, so it's not surprising to hear him say good things about one of his players, but this is still great to hear heading into Hooper's fourth NFL training camp. Last season, Hooper caught 71 of his 88 targets, so Matt Ryan and the Falcons are likely confident that he can do more with more opportunities. After setting career-highs across the board last season with 71 receptions for 660 yards and four touchdowns, Hooper probably has the upside to be a top-five fantasy tight end to go along with one of the better floors at the position. Hooper's fantasy upside is unlikely to get into the Kelce-Kittle-Ertz range with so many weapons in Atlanta, but he could be a big factor for the Falcons in real life like those guys are for their teams.

Austin Hooper | Titans TE

Austin Hooper catches five passes in Week 17.

Hooper gained 67 yards on his five receptions versus the Bucs, brining his 2018 total to 71 receptions for 660 yards and four touchdowns, setting career-highs across the board. The third-year tight end was one of the most hyped players throughout the summer, and he pretty much lived up to the hype as a valuable member of Atlanta's offensive attack. Entering a contract year next season, Hooper should be a decent TE1 option in 2019 fantasy drafts.

Austin Hooper | Titans TE

Austin Hooper catches two passes against the Panthers.

Hooper gained 36 yards on his two Week 16 receptions. He was targeted just twice in the game, so it was slightly disappointing in a good matchup in fantasy title weeks, but he'll look to have a bigger game in Week 17. Those with titles on the line to conclude the season can play Hooper as a TE1 option to end the season against the Bucs.

Austin Hooper | Titans TE

Austin Hooper held without a catch in win over the Cardinals.

Hooper was targeted once in the end zone, but the pass was broken up as he was surrounded by a couple Arizona defenders. Look for Hooper to bounce back next week against the Panthers as a low-end TE1 option.

Austin Hooper | Titans TE

Austin Hooper catches four passes in Week 14.

Hooper gained 37 yards on his four receptions against the Packers. At the end of the game, Hooper left with a knee injury, but the game was out of hand with little time left, so it's not surprising he didn't return. Now we just have to hope this injury doesn't force him to miss Week 15 and beyond, so we'll track his practice status leading up to next weekend against Arizona.

Austin Hooper | Titans TE

Austin Hooper scores in Week 13.

Hooper caught five passes (on five targets) for 44 yards and a touchdown against the Ravens. He was the only Falcons player to deliver solid fantasy value on a day Baltimore's defense shut down Atlanta. Hooper will remain in the TE1 mix next week against the Packers.

Austin Hooper | Titans TE

Austin Hooper catches all five targets in Week 12.

Hooper gained 31 yards on his five receptions against the Falcons, as he again worked as a reliable underneath target for Matt Ryan. Hooper offers a solid floor as a TE1 option.

Austin Hooper | Titans TE

Austin Hooper catches four passes in Week 11.

Hooper gained 27 yards on his four receptions against the Cowboys, as he mostly worked as an underneath outlet on play-action passes. Hooper made a nice catch in the loss, but he also had a drop on what probably would've been a first down. Week 12 against the Saints is a difficult matchup for Hooper, who had 23 yards and a two-point conversion against them earlier they season.

Austin Hooper | Titans TE

Austin Hooper scores in loss to the Browns.

Hooper caught a team-high ten passes, which went for 56 yards and a touchdown. It was a long day for Atlanta, but one of the highlights was Hooper's clutch catch and short run for six that kept the team alive in the fourth quarter. The Cowboys will be a tougher matchup next Sunday, but the 24-year-old remains a recommended streaming option in a high-powered offense.

Austin Hooper | Titans TE

Austin Hooper catches three passes in Falcons' win.

Hooper gained 41 yards on his three receptions against the Redskins, including a nice reception where he made himself available for a scrambling Matt Ryan to pick up a first down. Through eight games, Hooper is on pace for 72 receptions, 724 yards, and four touchdowns, as the talk from Matt Ryan and the coaches about a potential third-year leap is happening. Hooper is a big part of Atlanta's offense.

Austin Hooper | Titans TE

Austin Hooper caught three passes for 48 yards in Monday night's win over the Giants.

Hooper was targeted four times, and the final three-yard reception helped set up a 56-yard field goal by Giorgio Tavecchio to basically put the game away. Fantasy owners that have been streaming Hooper will have to look elsewhere with Atlanta on a bye in Week 8, but he will be a borderline TE1 against Washington in a couple weeks.

Austin Hooper | Titans TE

Austin Hooper scores in Falcons' win.

Hooper again worked as a very reliable target for Matt Ryan, catching nine-of-ten targets for 71 yards and a touchdown against the Buccaneers. Hooper has shown strong hands and ability to get open and pick up positive yardage for first downs or to remain ahead of the sticks, and this is two straight weeks with at least nine receptions and 70 yards. Granted, the last two weeks might have been his best two matchups of the season, but Hooper is playing well right now. He's in the TE1 mix for Week 7 against the Giants.

Austin Hooper | Titans TE

Austin Hooper catches nine passes against the Steelers.

The Steelers got a lot of pressure on Matt Ryan throughout the game, so Hooper, two received a team-high 12 targets, was a frequent target on quick underneath and outlet passes. Hooper gained 77 yards on his nine receptions in a solid performance against a team that's struggled to defend the tight end position this season. The Buccaneers have also had their struggles against tight ends this season, so Hooper is in the backend TE1 discussion against them next week.

Austin Hooper | Titans TE

Austin Hooper catches one pass in Week 4.

Hooper caught a short pass that he took 19 yards for a first down late in the game. The third-year tight end is on pace for a 48/500/4 line through four games. He has some TE1 upside in a potential shootout against a team that's struggled to defend tight ends this season when the Falcons take on the Steelers in Week 5.

Austin Hooper | Titans TE

Austin Hooper catches three passes for 23 yards in Sunday's loss to the Saints.

Hooper was mostly held in check with Atlanta's offense exploding for 37 points, but he remains a solid streaming option on a high-powered offense. The Stanford product will look to find the end zone in Week 4 against the Bengals.

Austin Hooper | Titans TE

Austin Hooper has a nice game in Week 2 victory.

Hooper caught five passes for 59 yards, including an eight-yard score in the second quarter. It was a tough matchup for Hooper, but he took advantage of an early look in the red zone to help Atlanta to a 31-24 win. The third-year tight end has struggled against the Saints in three career matchups, so it might be best to look elsewhere for streamers in Week 3.

Austin Hooper | Titans TE

Austin Hooper catches three passes in Week 1.

Hooper gained 24 yards on his three receptions against the Eagles, including a long of 15 yards. The third-year tight end appeared to injure his knee in the game, but he seemed to be fine and returned to action. Hooper is in TE2 consideration for Week 2 against the Panthers.

Austin Hooper | Titans TE

The Austin Hooper hype continues.

Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan and others have already spoken about how good the third-year tight end looks this year, and now Falcons head coach Dan Quinn is adding more praise, telling NBC Sports' Peter King that Hooper has "been like a dog this offseason—over and over, he'd catch everything Matt threw and bring it back." Again, it might be hard for Hooper to put up big numbers with so many other weapons on Atlanta's offense, but the 2016 third-round pick stepping up will make what should be one of the league's best attacks even more difficult to stop. Hooper's emergence is a good sign for Matt Ryan's outlook this season.

Austin Hooper | Titans TE

Matt Ryan thinks Austin Hooper should have a really good year.

Matty Ice says the third-year tight end has "gotten a lot better" and is "a lot more polished" this year, and Matthew Tabeek of AtlantaFalcons.com has been saying Hooper is performing well in camp and could be primed for a big season. With so many weapons on Atlanta's offense, and Hooper unlikely to be any higher than the fifth option, a huge breakout season with big numbers is going to be difficult. But a backend TE1 option is certainly possible, and Hooper could be one of the better real-life contributors at tight end in the league this season.

Austin Hooper | Titans TE

Matthew Tabeek of AtlantaFalcons.com believes the "arrow is pointing up" for Austin Hooper.

Tabeek, who covers the team closely, has been high on the third-year tight end all offseason, and he expects him to get better this season. With Levine Toilolo no longer in Atlanta, it could mean a slightly bigger role for Hooper this season, though the team did add first-round receiver Calvin Ridley to the offense. Tabeek says he expects Hooper, who has three touchdowns in each of his first three seasons, will be a bigger weapon in the red zone this season. Ultimately, it might be difficult to be a consistent fantasy option with so many weapons on offense, but the former third-round pick Hooper is someone to keep an eye on as someone that's likely to be on most waiver wires to start the season.

Austin Hooper | Titans TE

Austin Hooper catches one pass in playoff loss.

Hooper gained three yards on his lone reception. The 2016 third-round pick will look to have a breakout year in his third season, but he doesn't look like a recommended TE1 option yet.

Austin Hooper | Titans TE

Austin Hooper comes up big in win over the Rams.

Hooper caught three passes for 15 yards, but one was a huge third-down conversion in the fourth quarter. Atlanta's tight end will look to make some more plays next Saturday against the top-seeded Eagles in Philadelphia.

Austin Hooper | Titans TE

Austin Hooper caught three passes for 35 yards in Sunday's win over the Panthers.

Hooper's biggest impact came on a 24-yard gain. The second-year tight end didn't have the breakout some might have expected after a huge season opener, as he finished with 49 receptions for 526 yards and three touchdowns in 16 games (eight starts). Hooper will look to emerge in the postseason for the six-seeded Falcons. They face the Rams next Saturday night.

Austin Hooper | Titans TE

Austin Hooper has quiet game in win over the Bucs.

Hooper caught two passes for 12 yards. The second-year tight end is simply a low-upside target over the middle for Matt Ryan. He should be on the waiver wire for the fantasy championship.

Austin Hooper | Titans TE

Austin Hooper catches two passes in Week 14.

Hooper gained 23 yards on his two receptions, but he unfortunately had a pass go off his hands and into Saints linebacker Chris Banjo's arms for an interception. Matt Ryan wasn't happy about it, but it shouldn't affect Hooper's role. Either way, he's not a highly-reccomended fantasy option at the moment.

Austin Hooper | Titans TE

Austin Hooper caught three passes for 21 yards in Sunday's loss to Minnesota.

Hooper has still yet to surpass 50 yards since the season opener, so there are better options in the fantasy playoffs. The Falcons play the Saints on Thursday night.

Austin Hooper | Titans TE

Austin Hooper caught three passes for 38 yards in Sunday's win over Tampa Bay.

Hooper was a lot better than last week's two-catch, negative-one-yard performance, but it was basically all Julio Jones and Tevin Coleman for the Atlanta offense. Hooper is just a TE2 option against Minnesota next Sunday.

Austin Hooper | Titans TE

Austin Hooper catches two passes in Week 11.

Hooper's two receptions went for a combined -1 yards, as the Seahawks did a great job of defending the couple of passes that went to him in the flat. The second-year tight end is a TE2 option.

Austin Hooper | Titans TE

Austin Hooper scores in Week 10 win.

Hooper caught six passes for 49 yards, including a one-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter to put Atlanta up 24-7. The second-year tight end now has at least 47 yards in four of his past six games, and he's scored in two out of three. Still, he's no better than a low-floor TE1 against Seattle in Week 11.

Austin Hooper | Titans TE

Austin Hooper gets six targets in Week 9.

Hooper caught three passes for 36 yards against the Panthers, and a deep throw intended for him was intercepted. The second-year tight end is currently on pace for 50 receptions, 662 yards, and four touchdowns this season, so he's making clear progress from his rookie season. He gets the Cowboys next week.

Austin Hooper | Titans TE

Austin Hooper scores in Week 8 win.

Hooper caught four passes for 47 yards and a touchdown, which was a one-yard reception in the first quarter of a 25-20 win. The score was Hooper's first since the season opener, and he's still yet to top 50 yards since then. The second-year player is just a TE2 option heading into a matchup with the Panthers next Sunday.

Austin Hooper | Titans TE

Austin Hooper held to one reception in Week 7 loss.

It went for six yards. Hooper isn't a fantasy option with the Falcons offense struggling. They'll try to turn things around against the Jets next Sunday.

Austin Hooper | Titans TE

Austin Hooper gets nine targets against the Dolphins.

His nine targets were a team high, and he caught seven of them for 48 yards. Matt Ryan targeted Hooper deep down the middle on a potential go-ahead touchdown drive, but the pass was deflected and intercepted, sealing the win for Miami. Hooper won't be a bad option in a likely high-scoring game next Sunday night versus New England. He scored in the Super Bowl against the Patriots last season.

Austin Hooper | Titans TE

Austin Hooper caught five passes for 50 yards in Sunday's loss to the Bills.

Hooper saw an increased role with Julio Jones and Mohamed leaving the game with injuries, and he led the team in catches and trailed only Tevin Coleman in yards. Atlanta has a bye in Week 5, but those needing help at tight end might be wise to look ahead to Week 6 against Miami (a great matchup for the position), especially if Jones and Sanu aren't able to play.

Austin Hooper | Titans TE

Austin Hooper held to one catch in Week 3 win.

It went for nine yards. Hooper now has two-straight quiet games after getting open for two long gains against busted coverage in the season opener. He's not a good fantasy option against Buffalo next week.

Austin Hooper | Titans TE

Austin Hooper held in check after Week 1 blowup.

Hooper caught two passes for seven yards in the win against the Packers. Hopefully fantasy owners weren't playing him based on two busted coverages for big gains in the season opener, as Green Bay just held Jimmy Graham in check and Hooper is probably the sixth option on Atlanta's offense. There will be good games, but there are more reliable fantasy tight ends to start. The Falcons play Detroit next.

Austin Hooper | Titans TE

Austin Hooper catches long touchdown in Week 1.

The second-year tight end extended the Falcons' lead in the fourth quarter when he was wide open down the middle and ran for an 88-yard touchdown. On the run, he stiff armed Bears safety Quintin Demps to finish the play and get in the end zone. Hooper also had a 40-yard reception, so it was quite the day for him. He had two receptions (on two targets) for 128 yards and the touchdown against the Bears. The former Stanford Cardinal was seen as a potential breakout pick this season, and this was a great start to that. Atlanta plays Green Bay in Week 2 on Sunday Night Football.

Austin Hooper | Titans TE

Austin Hooper catches both targets in preseason game against the Steelers.

Hooper had 24 yards on his two receptions in the Week 2 preseason game. His best play was on a third-down conversion where Matt Ryan stepped up in the pocket and found Hooper to keep the drive going. Hooper is a good bet to increase his 19 catch total he had last season as a rookie.

Austin Hooper | Titans TE

Austin Hooper had one reception for 12 yards against Miami in Atlanta's first preseason game.

Atlanta's projected starting tight end has some breakout potential as he enters his second season. He certainly showed flashes in 2016 as a member of the number one Falcons offense.

Austin Hooper | Titans TE

Rookie Austin Hooper scores in Super Bowl.

Hooper had three receptions for 32 yards and a touchdown. The touchdown was on a perfectly dropped in pass from Matt Ryan in the endzone. Hooper will look to take on a bigger role in his second season. He might be a good sleeper pick very late in 2017 drafts.

Austin Hooper | Titans TE

Austin Hooper catches both targets in NFC Championship.

Hooper had two reception for 23 yards. The rookie will now be playing in the Super Bowl in his first season.

Austin Hooper catches nine-yard touchdown against the 49ers.

It was Hooper's only catch of the game, and he isn't a reliable fantasy option in his rookie year.

Austin Hooper | Titans TE

Austin Hooper catches one pass for five yards against the Rams.

He should be on the waiver wire.

Austin Hooper | Titans TE

Austin Hooper has another quiet day in Week 12.

Hooper caught two passes for eight yards. It was against an Arizona team that does not allow production to tight ends, but Hooper isn't a big part of Atlanta's offense; he can stay on waivers.

Austin Hooper | Titans TE

Hooper limited to one catch in Falcons' loss.

It went for eight yards. The rookie had a tough matchup with Philly's defense, and would have another in Week 12 if Jacob Tamme remains out. He can stay on the waiver wire.