With earlier news coming in that former Falcons’ tight end Austin Hooper was officially signing with the Browns, Atlanta didn’t waste any time filling that vacated spot on their roster.
And another trade! pic.twitter.com/asFJlHLfjM
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 16, 2020
Hayden Hurst Career Stats
After playing 275 snaps as a rookie, Hayden Hurst got on the field for 457 regular-season snaps for the Ravens in 2020. On his limited use, Hurst’s 1.69 yards per route run ranked 12th among all tight ends with over 100 pass routes on the season. Unfortunately, his teammate Mark Andrews ranked second among all tight ends in that same category (2.89 yards per route). That was the theme for Hurst’s first two seasons with the Ravens. Taking a step forward across the board in volume and rate stats in 2020, it still wasn’t enough Hurst to put a dent into the usage and production the Ravens were already getting from Andrews.
Joining the Falcons, Hurst goes to an offense that ran the most pass plays per game (45.9) in the NFL last season after ranking fifth in 2018 (41.2 pass plays per game). Hooper exited the team averaging 17.7% of the Atlanta team targets and 19.6% of the team receptions per game in 2019. Needless to say, Hurst should be a layup to set new career-highs in every receiving category in his third season in 2020. He’ll jump right into the TE2 with upside tier in early rankings as Atlanta still has limited cap space and draft capital to make a push to pursue marquee free agents and tight end prospects.