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TE Austin Hooper - Atlanta Falcons

6-4, 254Born: 10-29-1994College: StanfordDrafted: Round 3

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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Tue Nov 21): Hooper had built some momentum the last few games leading into Week 11, but he was a dud against the Seahawks, with Levine Toilolo making the big play against them for the second straight year. He's only a desperation play because of his inconsistency and low ceiling.

Week 12: vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers

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FBG says: Great matchup. No, Matt Ryan and the Falcons passing game won't be reaching (nor even sniffing) their wild 2016 heights. This is still a talented and solid unit, but it's regressed massively from those record-threatening numbers of last year. Ryan's adjusted net yardage per attempt, with factors in sacks and interceptions, has fallen from league-best to a middle-of-the-pack 6.89, and his 4.6% touchdown rate is squarely in line with his career marks. And when this unit reverts to those marks, it's rarely more than a good-not-great one. Ryan has thrown for 294+ yards 3 times this year, but failed to top 254 in any other game, and that touchdown rate sits just 15th among regular starters. The big obstruction here has been the offense's inability to turn its world-beating potential - specifically, Julio Jones' dazzling downfield play - into productivity. Jones has registered just 9 receptions of 20+ yards - same as Washington running back Chris Thompson - and scored only once, continuing his career-long refusal to produce touchdowns. As things stand, we can regard this passing game as consistent and workable, but not dynamic or week-winning by any stretch. Luckily, if ever there's a matchup with blowup potential, it's a date with the Buccaneers, so it's fair to expect this unit's strongest production of the season in Week 12 (or something close to it). The thin-membraned Tampa Bay pass defense showed up again in Week 11 and found itself thoroughly shredded by backup quarterback Matt Moore. After harassing Jay Cutler into 3 interceptions and chasing him out of the game, the Buccaneers allowed Moore to rack up 282 yards on 28 attempts, including a beautiful 61-yard touchdown strike Kenny Stills. It was no new occurrence: this is a defense that's allowed 262+ yards to Moore, Mike Glennon, Josh McCown, Tyrod Taylor, and Case Keenum. Matt Ryan and the Falcons pass game have their warts, but Ryan doesn't exactly need to be in All-Pro form to exploit this unit. And the fact that they've allowed 34 completions of 20+ yards - ninth-most in the league - suggests this is a fantastic blow-up spot for Julio Jones and the Falcons crew.

Recent Stats and Projections

8 at NYJ 50 4 47 1 0 10.7
9 at CAR 50 3 36 0 0 3.6
10 vs DAL 54 6 49 1 0 10.9
11 at SEA 39 2 -1 0 0 -0.1
12 vs TB PROJ-Dodds * 3 * * * *
12 vs TB PROJ-Tremblay * 3 * * * *
12 vs TB PROJ-Bloom * 3 * * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2017 Week 11 vs SEA (2 / 2 / -1 / 0 rec)

He wasn't targeted in the first half, but he delivered a good block on a linebacker that sprung Tevin Coleman on a 3rd down passing play to get Atlanta across midfield late in the half. He was stuffed on a TE screen by Bobby Wagner for a two-yard loss on 2nd and 12 near midfield that took Atlanta out of field goal range in the early fourth quarter. Hooper stumbled during his release on a TE screen to the right flat during the next drive and only gained yard on the reception.

2017 Week 10 vs DAL (6 / 6 / 49 / 1 rec)

He gained seven on 2nd and 14 on a crossing route near midfield during the second series, nearly breaking a tackle at the end of play. Hooper earned the first down on the next play; a route to the right flat. Hooper side-stepped the safety at the sideline and then stiff-armed a second defensive back to reach the first down marker before he extended to the 40 for a gain of 10. A few plays later, he earned nine yards on a 3rd and 11 late in the drive at the end of the quarter. This play set up a 50-yard field goal at the end of the quarter. Taylor Gabriel picked up a good lead block Austin Hooper against a linebacker at the numbers of the left flat on a jet sweep. Hooper's efforts opened a huge lane up the flat for a gain of 16. Hooper caught a boot-action drag route in the shallow zone during the first drive of the third quarter on 2nd and 8. He caught the pass 3 yards down field, side-stepped the cornerback at the 26, earned the first down, and leaned though a wrap at the 20 for a gain of nearly 13. However, the officiating crew penalized Levine Tiololo for block in the back on Jaylen Smith and it nullified the play. Hooper put Atlanta inside the Dallas one on a play action drag route to the right flat from the Dallas 15. He caught the ball at the 13, worked up the right sideline, and leaped inside a defender shooting for his legs at the four. His momentum carried him to the one, and Atlanta extended its lead to 17 by running the same play to Hooper on the next snap.

2017 Week 9 vs CAR (6 / 3 / 36 / 0 rec)

The tight end had a mistake-filled day. He dropped a tightly-covered target with Thomas Davis trailing him on 3rd and 7. Hooper then gained 13 on a throw-back to the left side after some pre-snap shifting that set up a play-fake to Freeman on a run to right tackle and let Hooper slide to the left flat and gain most of his yards after the catch. Later in the drive, Hopper gained seven yards on a stop route in the left shallow zone. He also caught a dump-off on a wide-open cross for a 16-yard gain up the left flat. Although the penalty wasn't the reason for the turnover on downs, Hooper was called for an illegal crack-back block on a 4th and 1 run. The 15-yard penalty was awarded to the Carolina offense to begin its series and Carolina scored on the resulting drive. Hooper also broke further down field on a crossing route and Ryan threw it wider than Hooper anticipated, which allowed the safety to break across the tight end for the interception late in the half for a 35-yard return.

2017 Week 8 vs NYJ (6 / 4 / 47 / 1 rec)

It was an up-and-down day for Hooper. He made a sliding catch from the slot on a zone route for a third-down conversion to reach the Jets' 26 on the second drive of the game. He followed up two plays later with a corner route from the slot to reach the Jets' 1. His jump before the catch was unnecessary and it cost him the final yard to the end zone. However, Hooper scored on the next play when he worked back to the inside on a corner fade from the 1 that Ryan was too hesitant to initially throw. Hooper's second effort got him wide open and Ryan anticipated the adjustment well for a score. Hooper later dropped a 3rd and goal over route after he earned strong separation off the line against two defenders trying to slow him down in succession. Once again, Hooper leaped unnecessarily to catch the ball arriving at chest level and it disrupted his focus. Hooper late got open in the flat on the first third down of the second half, but Darron Lee tackled the tight end a yard shy of the marker, forcing a punt.

2017 Week 7 vs NE (1 / 1 / 6 / 0 rec)

He earned his first catch late in the fourth quarter for six yards in the left flat. It was his first target of the game and got them inside the Patriots' 15. When Hooper earns targets in space, he's routinely making the first man miss. However, Atlanta is not shifting Hooper pre-snap to find mismatches and it's not using enough misdirection to get him and other receivers easier opportunities.

2017 Week 6 vs MIA (9 / 7 / 48 / 0 rec)

He earned five with a diving catch on a play action drag route off a boot right to open the game. Hooper made two defenders miss with a hurdle over a blocked CB and twisted through a second defender on a shallow route for a first down on 2nd and 10 during the opening drive. Hooper's next catch came over the middle under the zone for a first down with 0:30 left. He earned the first down with 0:55 left to get inside the Miami 30. Ryan tried going to the well with Hooper again on a skinny post in tight coverage, but Rashad Jones wasn't fooled by the Ryan look-off and was in great position to catch the rebound of the tipped pass made by the trailing cornerback for a game-sealing interception. The trailing cornerback's position to knock the ball away from Hooper's reach was a fantastic effort that likely doesn't happen in this situation on 8 of 10 targets.

2017 Week 4 vs BUF (7 / 5 / 50 / 0 rec)

He earned nearly 20 yards on a dig route in the middle of the field under the safeties during the second drive of the game. Then he earned 11 yards on a routed settled into the zone on 3rd and 12 with 5:00 in the half, forcing another punt. In the third quarter, Hooper made two men miss in the flat for a first down. He dropped an open hook route on 3rd and 4 with 2:53 left as the single right receiver in the formation. Two plays later, Hooper got Atlanta across midfield for a first down catch in the right flat against the Bills' zone at the two-minute warning. Hooper finished with a 9-yard gain on 2nd and 10 on a short out with 0:54 left.

2017 Week 3 vs DET (2 / 1 / 9 / 0 rec)

Ryan overthrew Hooper on a flag route off play action during the second series of the game. He also committed a penalty in the red zone that led to a 2nd and 15 during the second series. He ran a quick slant two plays later to set up a 3rd and 2, catching the ball at his back shoulder in traffic and taking the hit.

2017 Week 2 vs GB (2 / 2 / 7 / 0 rec)

He exhibited a good head and shoulder fake to get inside for a three-yard catch in the right flat late in the half. He also caught a short out inside the three on 1st and goal with 0:24 in the half and then ran a route at the goal line that opened an outside lane for Coleman to run free up the right flat. The rest of this game was spent run blocking and helping Ryan Schraeder's injury replacement at right tackle with chips and double teams.

2017 Week 1 vs CHI (2 / 2 / 128 / 1 rec)

Hooper had the biggest gain in any game with 88 yards on Ryan scramble in pocket to stay alive and hit him at the 50 and then a stiff arm and a block by Gabriel to get up the right sideline. Then a delayed release in the mid fourth to catch the ball, stiff arm a defender and run through a second wrap for 40 yards. Hooper and a third catch and dive on third and short catch short of the marker, but a holding call by Marcus Cooper on Taylor Gabriel gave the Falcons a first down.


Latest News

Falcons | Austin Hooper re-visits end zone (Sun Nov 12, 11:52 PM) - Atlanta Falcons TE Austin Hooper racked up six receptions for 49 yards and a touchdown on his six targets in Week 10 against the Dallas Cowboys.

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