TE Austin Hooper - Atlanta Falcons

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

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General News (Thu Jan 23): is not close to a contract extension with the team, according to general manager Thomas Dimitroff on Tuesday, Jan. 21. "The reality right now is that we are trudging along," Dimitroff said. "Once we get back from the Super Bowl, after the Super Bowl week we'll continue to look and see how we are moving forward. But at this point, there are no updates on Austin." Hooper is expected to receive overtures from the Arizona Cardinals, Green Bay Packers, Seattle Seahawks, and Washington Redskins if he is allowed to reach the open market, according to sources via Pro Football Network's Tony Pauline.

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Recent Stats and Projections

WEEKOPPoSNAPRECYDTDFumLSalPtsFP/$
17 at TB 64 7.0 45 0 0 6000 8.00 1.33

Weekly Performance vs TE 1, TE 12, TE 24

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

Recent Game Summaries

2019 Week 17 vs TB (9 / 7 / 45 / 0 rec - 8 points, $6000)

He earned his first catch early in the second quarter on a flat route outside the numbers where he extended fully on the run for a low pass that he caught in stride five yards downfield and turned up the sideline for a total gain of nine. Hooper nearly high-pointed a crossing route on 3rd and 6 in the middle of the second quarter but the tight coverage knocked the ball free. However, a roughing the passer foul negated the drop and earned Atlanta a first down pat midfield. Hooper caught the ball on a high target across the middle midway through the third quarter to get Atlanta across midfield. He earned a stop route late in the third quarter to earn a first down. Hooper only earned a few yards later in the drive on a middle screen before the quarter ended. Hooper caught an over route against zone and took a hit as he returned to earth to reach midfield midway through the fourth quarter. Hooper set up a third-and-short at the two-minute warning with a comeback against tight coverage as Ryan delivered the ball while flushing to his left.

2019 Week 16 vs JAX (9 / 7 / 82 / 0 rec - 11.7 points, $6000)

Ryan found Hooper on a play-action throw-back to Hooper on a corner route, who got wide open thanks to Olamidea Zaccheaus' deeper route running off the zone. The pay got Atlanta to the 17 and set up a toss play to Freeman for a 17-yard touchdown. Hooper caught a stop route at the hash for six yards between defenders to begin the third drive. Ryan began the second quarter with a flush to his right and throw on the move to Hooper over the middle in traffic for a first down. Hooper earned another stop route against man coverage underneath for a four-yard gain with a little over a minute left and then Ryan tried to squeeze the ball into Hooper on the next play but the coverage knocked the ball away to set up a third and six. Hooper earned a pass working back to the quarterback along the right sideline but didn't get out of bounds on the short gain and forced Atlanta to take a timeout late in the half. Hooper backed his way inside the five on a third-down throw to the sideline with less than 15 seconds in the half to set up a 23-yard field goal to effectively end the half and put Atlanta up by 14 once again. Ryan delivered a third-down top route to Hooper while under pressure. Hooper got his hands on the accurate throw but failed to secure it while going to the ground, forcing a punt. Hooper earned long catch on a deep corner route late in the game to put Atlanta at midfield late.

2019 Week 15 vs SF (6 / 3 / 20 / 0 rec - 3.5 points, $6200)

Ryan was off-target on a third-and-four pass to Hooper in the right flat, leading to a series-ending punt to begin the game. Hooper ran a nice flat route against Greenlaw to get Atlanta into the red zone during a second-quarter drive. He followed up with a gain of 6-7 on a screen. He began a mid-fourth-quarter drive with a screen that he took up the left flat for nine yards. Ryan nearly hit Hooper on a post between two defenders in the end zone with 29 seconds left. Later in the drive, Hooper made a great extension for the ball in the end zone but could not maintain possession according to the rules, which before the Calvin Johnson Rule would have easily been a touchdown.

2019 Week 14 vs CAR (6 / 2 / 32 / 0 rec - 4.2 points, $6600)

He got open on an out route to the flat but Ryan had to deliver the ball over a defensive lineman in his face and sailed the throw over Hooper on the first drive. Hooper made a nice extension on a 14-yard yard out against man coverage at the right sideline to begin the third series. Hooper earned a first down midway through the second quarter in a short release up the right flat and earned another 12-13 yards for close to 15 up the sideline. Hooper got open on a break to the inside but didn't break it far enough to the middle and the ball wound up over his head instead of him making the catch in the end zone. Ryan led Austin Hooper too far on a third-and-seven early in the fourth quarter.

2019 Week 10 vs NO (5 / 4 / 17 / 1 rec - 9.7 points, $6600)

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 - 15.5 points, $6600)

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 - 12.6 points, $6600)

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 - 21.7 points, $6400)

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 - 10.6 points, $6700)

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 - 17.5 points, $6400)

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 - 21.6 points, $5800)

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 - 5.4 points, $5800)

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 - 12.2 points, $5500)

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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Falcons | Austin Hooper likely to have several suitors (Wed Jan 22, 11:04 PM) - Updating a previous report, impending free-agent Austin Hooper (Falcons) is expected to receive overtures from the Arizona Cardinals, Green Bay Packers, Seattle Seahawks and Washington Redskins if he is allowed to reach the open market, according to sources via Pro Football Network's Tony Pauline.

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Falcons | No progress on Austin Hooper deal (Wed Jan 22, 10:58 PM) - Atlanta Falcons TE Austin Hooper is not close to a contract extension with the team, according to general manager Thomas Dimitroff Tuesday, Jan. 21. 'The reality right now is that we are trudging along,' Dimitroff said. 'Once we get back from the Super Bowl, after the Super Bowl week we'll continue to look and see how we are moving forward. But at this point there are no updates on Austin.'

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Falcons | Austin Hooper unlikely to be tagged (Tue Jan 14, 07:09 PM) - Atlanta Falcons impending free-agent TE Austin Hooper likely will not receive the franchise tag this offseason, in the opinion of ESPN.com's Vaughn McClure.

Our View: The Falcons are already paying a ton of money to skill position players like WR Julio Jones and RB Devonta Freeman (although Freeman might be released), so franchise-tagging Hooper does not make sense. Hooper appeared in 13 games in 2019, finishing with 75 catches for 787 yards and six touchdowns. Hooper should be in line for a new contract that pays him around $8-9 million per year.
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