TE Austin Hooper - Atlanta Falcons

6-4, 254Born: 10-29-1994College: StanfordDrafted: Round 3, pick 2016

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Hooper (knee) will likely be out a month after his Week 10 injury

News you need to know

From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Dec 2): Hooper returned to practice this week and could play against the Panthers. Make sure he's not on the waiver wire.

General News (Wed Dec 4): partially participated in Wednesday's practice.

Week 14: vs Carolina Panthers

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FBG says: Neutral matchup. Matt Ryan has been productive throughout 2019 on a raw-numbers level. He's averaged 309 yards per full game, and he's thrown multiple touchdowns in 7 of those 10 starts. But from an efficiency standpoint, he's mostly muddled through another lost Falcons season. It's taken a ton of volume to hit those good-not-great numbers; Ryan is posting his lowest yardage per attempt since 2010. And he's even trending downward, with much of his recent production coming in pure garbage time. On Thanksgiving, he needed 50 attempts to reach 312 and 2 scores. In the meantime, he absorbed nine sacks and handed over three back-breaking turnovers. Ryan excelled in this matchup back in Week 11, but it's hard to project another blowout win by this flailing Falcons team. It would be even harder for Ryan to rebound without Julio Jones and Austin Hooper, though both look probable for Sunday. Even so, there are quite a few roadblocks at play here. With so many injuries in the way, a porous line up front, and a nonexistent running game to boot, this attack looks like little more than a volume-based fantasy stab. That high early-season ceiling looks like buried history right now. The Panthers pass defense has been decidedly up-and-down throughout 2019. Five of their 12 opponents have topped 300 yards, and 9 different receivers have recorded 95 or more. Against these Falcons in Week 11, Calvin Ridley and Julio Jones combined to turn 16 targets into 232 yards and a touchdown). Still, it's worth noting that the Panthers have faced one of the league's toughest pass-game schedules. And while they've allowed quite a few big games, they've also shown well in matchups with Aaron Rodgers (233 scoreless yards), Deshaun Watson (160), and Jameis Winston (208 and 1 touchdown). Outside cornerbacks James Bradberry and Donte Jackson have both been Pro Bowl-caliber in coverage, while free safety Tre Boston has bounced back into great form on his own. With a strong pass rush up front (a league-high 46 sacks), this is not an easy unit to beat down the field. Matt Ryan and company may find raw-numbers success Sunday, but it's hard to project much efficiency as things stand.

Recent Stats and Projections

WEEKOPPoSNAPRECYDTDFumLPts
10 at NO 58 4.0 17 1 0 7.7
11 at CAR 0 0.0 0 0 0 0
12 vs TB 0 0.0 0 0 0 0
13 vs NO 0 0.0 0 0 0 0
14 vs CAR PROJ-Dodds * 4.0 * * * *
14 vs CAR PROJ-Tremblay * 3.7 * * * *
14 vs CAR PROJ-Bloom * 5.0 * * * *

Weekly Performance vs TE 1, TE 12, TE 24

Percentile ranks

Austin Hooper's percentile rank in each category, among TE with more than 50 fantasy points.

Recent Game Summaries

2019 Week 10 vs NO (5 / 4 / 17 / 1 rec)

Hooper earned man coverage on a linebacker during the second drive but Ryan over shot him. Hooper scored on a contested play from an inline position. Worked towards the safety in the air and took the hit in the end zone. Hooper took the ball to thet 12 with a quick-hitting throw across the middle late in the half. He earned nine yards on third and long with a wide-open target in the right flat to cross midfield early in the fourth quarter. New Orleans cut down Hooper for a loss two plays later on a throw-out to the left flat and Hooper hurt his lower leg on the play.

2019 Week 8 vs SEA (7 / 6 / 65 / 1 rec)

He converted a third and five with a short flat route from the slot against the rookie Marquise Blair. He earned two yards on a short stick route to the flat with his quarterback under pressure. Hooper began the second half with a huge gain up the left flat on a backside screen where he dipped inside a double team in the flat and hurdled a safety's attempt at midfield to reach Seattle's 35 for a 35-yard gain. He made the first man miss working inside on a pass to the flat for a first down during a two-minute drill late in the game. Schaub overthrew Hooper on an out route in the end zone, which was more likely a throwaway more than a high pass. A few plays later. Hooper caught a low throw inside the end zone on a short stick route against K.J. Wright to close the game to 10 late in the fourth quarter. Schaub targeted Hooper once again on a two-point conversion attempt but the window between two defenders was too tight.

2019 Week 7 vs LAR (5 / 4 / 46 / 1 rec)

Hooper held the Dante Fowler on a run to the outside that earned Freeman a crease for about seven yards. Hooper got open on a tight end screen but Fowler batted down Ryan's pass. His first target came on a flat route for 18 yards against zone coverage to get Atlanta past midfield with 1:15 in the third quarter. He earned five yards in the flat late in the game from Matt Schaub. He scored two plays later up the seam with a diving catch of a low throw for Atlanta's only touchdown of the afternoon.

2019 Week 6 vs ARI (8 / 8 / 117 / 1 rec)

He leaked to the backside flat on third down and turned a check-down into a first down and more yards that got Atlanta across midfield. On the next series, He worked from the slot on a quick stop route for six yards on second and long. Hooper worked through the coverage effectively for a nice gain breaking into the left flat midway through thte third quarter to get Atlanta just outside the red zone while down 27-10. Hooper earned a flat route late in the third quarter and tried to back his way to the marker but the linebacker stuffed him shy of the spot, setting up a third-and-one. Matt Ryan's throw was a little behind the receiver. Hooper found the soft spot of the Cardinals' zone for his fifth catch for another first down late in the third quarter to get Atlanta to the 42. Hooper followed with a corner route to get across midfield. Hooper snuck across the field on a deep seam route off play action for a catch that he tracked over his head, earning well over 30 yards on the target.

2019 Week 5 vs HOU (9 / 6 / 56 / 0 rec)

He earned a quick throw-out for five yards on second down to begin Atlanta's first offensive series. Hooper juggled a backside screen on the second series of the third quarter and was wrapped quickly. His calf cramped up and he left the field under his own power. Hooper earned an over route that was high and behind him late in the third quarter. Ryan found Hooper on third down for a short completion on a crossing route while under heavy pressure--forcing a punt. Hooper worked open and waited on a Ryan scramble to earn the two-point conversion and cut the Texans' lead to eight points. Hooper earned a significant garbage-time reception of nearly 20 yards to reach midfield late in the game and then earned another first down on the next play against the Texans' soft coverage.

2019 Week 4 vs TEN (11 / 9 / 130 / 0 rec)

He earned a quick five yards in the flat to begin the second series. Ryan found Hooper up the seam a few plays later for 28 yards. Hooper was wide open against theTitans' zone. Ryan threw the ball behind Hooper on a crossing route that should have been caught but arrived at an awkward angle early in the Falcons' third series. Ryan went back to Hooper up the middle on third down for 16 yards in the middle of the Tennessee zone. He earned a settle route for 10up the middle just prior ot the two-minute warning. He hurdled a defender and extended for the first down in the flat after the two-minute warning. Later in the drive, Hooper gained nine in the same flat on a pass where Ryan took a hard shot while releasing the ball. He worked up the middle for 24 yards off a play-action pass into an empty zone, gaining 100 yards at that point in the game. Ryan tried to squeeze an over route to Hooper late in the third quarter but underthrew the pass. Hooper earned another 15 yards up the right seam on third down.

2019 Week 3 vs IND (7 / 6 / 66 / 2 rec)

He caught a quick flat route for 10 yards off play action early in the game. ON the next drive, Hooper earned 19 up the seam. Ryan overshot an open Hooper on a corner route in the end zone late in the half. Hooper snuck into the middle of the field on a play-action red-zone pass leading to a touchdown. Hooper earned his second touchdown at the goal line on a sit-down route. Hooper slipped a tackle to earn nine yards on a short target up the right sideline midway through the fourth quarter. He earned a short target over the middle during the fourth quarter.

2019 Week 2 vs PHI (6 / 4 / 34 / 0 rec)

He earned a first down on a quick out route on the second offensive play of the game against tight coverage. Hooper's second catch was a seam route with a half roll to the right by Matt Ryan to create the open area. His next catch came on a flat route with a little more than a minute left for seven yards. Hooper ran around the first man on a tight end screen, but then took a huge hit at the end of a four-yard gain

2019 Week 1 vs MIN (9 / 9 / 77 / 0 rec)

Hooper led Falcons receivers and was left open in the flats repeatedly in this game, catching five of his nine targets in this area of the field. Only one of his receptions was a pass over the middle. Hooper and the rest of the Falcons offensive line and backs struggled to contain the Vikings blitz as pass protectors and there were some questionable designs from the offensive staff in an attempt to use the backs and tight ends in this area of the game.

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Latest News

Falcons | Another practice for Austin Hooper (Thu Dec 5, 02:16 PM) - Atlanta Falcons TE Austin Hooper (knee) took part in practice Thursday, Dec. 5.

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Falcons | Limited participation for Austin Hooper (Wed Dec 4, 06:23 PM) - Atlanta Falcons TE Austin Hooper (knee) was limited during practice Wednesday, Dec. 4.

Our View: Hooper is trying to get back on the field this week. He's been trending in the right direction, so make sure to check on his status Friday. If Hooper does play, he should produce his normal TE1 level.
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Falcons | Austin Hooper expected to practice (Mon Dec 2, 09:58 AM) - Atlanta Falcons TE Austin Hooper (knee) is expected to practice Monday, Dec. 2.

Our View: Hooper has missed about a month with this knee injury. He is on track but we'll have to monitor his practice status during the week. If Hooper has to miss more time, the Falcons will continue with Jaeden Graham at the position.
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Falcons | Week 13 Atlanta Falcons inactives (Thu Nov 28, 07:00 PM) - The Atlanta Falcons have declared DE John Cominsky, OT Matt Gono, TE Austin Hooper, WR Julio Jones, WR Brandon Powell, DT Deadrin Senat and TE Luke Stocker inactive for Week 13.

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Falcons | Austin Hooper will not play (Wed Nov 27, 04:40 PM) - Atlanta Falcons TE Austin Hooper (knee) did not participate in practice Wednesday, Nov. 27, and has been ruled out for Week 13.

Our View: Zero surprise here. His knee injury was going to sideline him for the month of November at least. He's trending in the right direction, so monitor his practice status next week.
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