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T.J. Hockenson | Lions TE

Date of Birth:  07/03/1997
Age:  25
Height  6'5"
Weight:   251
College:  Iowa
Drafted:  2019 | Round 1 | Pick 8
Depth Chart:  Starter

T.J. Hockenson | Lions TE


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T.J. Hockenson | Lions TE

T.J. Hockenson (thumb) is out for the remainder of 2021, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.

Hockenson is undergoing season-ending thumb surgery, but he'll be back in time for offseason activities, which is a good sign as Detroit gears up for a leap in 2022. The former first-round pick ends his age-24 campaign with 61 receptions, 583 yards, and four touchdowns in 12 games, as he again showed star ability at tight end, though usage was inconsistent at times for a struggling offense. The team adding more playmakers on the outside should take the pressure off Hockenson, who should be drafted as a borderline top-five fantasy option next summer.

T.J. Hockenson | Lions TE

T.J. Hockenson (hand) is officially inactive for the Lions.

Detroit is very shorthanded for the Week 14 matchup at Denver. Hopefully Hockenson doesn’t miss much time with this hand injury, and it might be good news that he hasn’t been placed on injured reserve (which would force him to miss at least three games) yet.

T.J. Hockenson | Lions TE

T.J. Hockenson (hand) is doubtful for Week 14.

Hockenson is unlikely to play this weekend, especially since Detroit no longer has the pressure of a winless season hanging over them. With D'Andre Swift (shoulder) out and Jamaal Williams placed on the COVID-19 list, the offense will be severely undermanned for Jared Goff on the road in Denver.

T.J. Hockenson | Lions TE

T.J. Hockenson (knee) is officially active for the Lions.

D’Andre Swift (groin) and Jamaal Williams (hip), both fully expected to play, are also officially active for Week 5. You can play them all in fantasy lineups as usual today versus the Vikings.

T.J. Hockenson | Lions TE

T.J. Hockenson (knee) is officially questionable for Sunday.

Hockenson admitted that he’s not 100% but that you never really are, and it sounds like he will play against the Vikings for Week 5. Hockenson’s status will be official by 11:30 AM ET on Sunday.

T.J. Hockenson | Lions TE

T.J. Hockenson (toe) is officially active for Week 10.

While Hockenson was listed as questionable on the injury report this week, the thought was that he would be good to go for the Lions. The second-year tight end is a strong TE1 option versus Washington.

T.J. Hockenson | Lions TE

T.J. Hockenson (toe) is questionable for Week 10.

The expectation is that Hockenson will play after returning to practice today, but his status can't be taken for granted. Assuming he suits up, the second-year tight end will be a high-end TE1 option against Washington.

T.J. Hockenson | Lions TE

T.J. Hockenson (toe) did not practice today.

This isn't thought to be a huge concern at the moment, but it's worth keeping in mind. Hockenson did practice yesterday, so hopefully today was just a day off or maintenance day. The final Week 10 injury report will be out tomorrow.

T.J. Hockenson | Lions TE

The Lions activated T.J. Hockenson from reserve/COVID-19 list.

Hockenson can now re-join his teammates as training camp ramps up. The second-year tight end is looking to make a leap forward and help Matt Patricia's squad compete for a playoff spot this season.

T.J. Hockenson | Lions TE

T.J. Hockenson has been placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list.

Some bigger names will continue to be placed on the list as camp begins and rolls on, but hopefully everyone can make a full recovery if they actually catch the virus as opposed to just coming in contact with someone that has it. Hockenson could be in line for a breakout campaign in his second season.

T.J. Hockenson | Lions TE

T.J. Hockenson (ankle) has been placed on injured reserve.

Detroit's first-round pick was injured on Thanksgiving, and his rookie campaign ends with 32 receptions, 367 yards, and two touchdowns across 12 games. Hockenson was never really able to build on his historic debut (6/131/1), but his future is still extremely bright, especially seeing as tight ends rarely become big-time statistical contributors in their first year. The Lions will go with Jesse James, Logan Thomas, and Isaac Nauta at the position over the final four games. He will be a breakout candidate next summer, but Hockenson could end up being overvalued if Detroit still has Kenny Golladay and Marvin Jones at receiver in 2020.

T.J. Hockenson | Lions TE

T.J. Hockenson left Thanksgiving game with an apparent leg injury.

Hockenson was injured after making a catch on Detroit’s final drive, and trainers were looking at him on the sideline. Hopefully it’s nothing serious, but we’ll keep you updated when more information becomes available.

T.J. Hockenson | Lions TE

T.J. Hockenson (shoulder) is officially active for Thanksgiving.

Hockenson was again listed as questionable entering Week 13, but he's good to go against the Bears. The rookie tight end hasn't done much in the box score as of late and is more of a TE2 option today.

T.J. Hockenson | Lions TE

T.J. Hockenson (shoulder) is officially listed as questionable for Thanksgiving.

Hockenson was also listed as questionable last week before playing, so we anticipate he will also play tomorrow against the Bears. If you're using Hockenson in your Week 13 fantasy lineup, just be sure to check that he's active tomorrow morning.

T.J. Hockenson | Lions TE

T.J. Hockenson (shoulder) is officially active for Week 12.

Hockenson was added to the injury report yesterday with a shoulder issue, putting his status for today's game in doubt. But the rookie tight end is ready to face the Redskins, so he figures to have his usual role for the Lions.

T.J. Hockenson | Lions TE

The Lions added T.J. Hockenson (shoulder) to the Week 12 injury report.

Hockenson is now listed as doubtful for tomorrow's game against the Redskins. While being listed as questionable isn't a terrible sign, this downgrade, along with the Lions promoting tight end Isaac Nauta from the practice squad earlier today, could mean Hockenson is on the wrong side of 50/50. The good news is the Lions kickoff at 1:00 PM ET tomorrow, so Hockenson's status will be known by 11:30 AM ET.

T.J. Hockenson | Lions TE

T.J. Hockenson (concussion) is officially active for Monday night.

Hockenson was expected to be ready to go tonight against the Packers, and he is indeed active. If you were planning to use Hockenson in your Week 6 fantasy lineup, you can keep him locked in as a TE option.

T.J. Hockenson | Lions TE

T.J. Hockenson (concussion) is officially listed as questionable for Monday night.

Hockenson was a full participant in practice this week, but he's not fully cleared from his concussion suffered in Week 4. We'd think Hockenson will be able to get cleared by Monday night, but be sure to have a backup plan in mind if he's inactive against the Packers.

T.J. Hockenson | Lions TE

T.J. Hockenson (concussion) was a full participant in today’s practice.

This is a great sign, as Hockenson is making progress through concussion protocol and should be close to full clearance. The rookie tight end’s official Week 6 status will be revealed tomorrow.

T.J. Hockenson | Lions TE

T.J. Hockenson (concussion) was limited in Thursday's practice.

We may not know Hockenson's status until Monday night (which puts fantasy owners in a difficult position), but limited participation is obviously a good sign for his chances of suiting up. Unless you were able to get your hands on Gerald Everett, fantasy owners may want to take the risk and roll with the rookie at a very shallow week for tight ends.

T.J. Hockenson | Lions TE

T.J. Hockenson gets carted off against the Chiefs.

Hockenson attempted a hurdle, and unfortunately he landed awkwardly and was down on the ground. The cart is now being brought out for the rookie tight end, and hopefully he's feeling OK soon. Before leaving, Hockenson caught three passes for 27 yards and a touchdown.

T.J. Hockenson | Lions TE

The Lions selected T.J. Hockenson with the No. 8 pick in the 2019 NFL Draft.

This is the first tight end to go in the top ten of the draft since the Lions took Eric Ebron in 2014. You can read our scouting report on Hockenson in the link below, but Hockenson is an all-around tight end that does a ton of damage as a run blocker along with his ability as a receiver. Remember, Detroit was close to acquiring All-Pro tight end Rob Gronkowski last offseason before Gronk threatened to retire if he was traded. It's a stretch to say Hockenson is a lot like Gronkowski, but the Lions are obviously going to expect the Iowa tight end to have a big role on offense. Tight ends typically don't provide a lot of fantasy value as rookies, and Hockenson will likely be a late-round selection or waiver-wire player in 2019 leagues.