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.

Hayden Hurst Career Stats

YearAgeGmTgtRecReYdsYd/RecReTDReYd/TgtPPR/GmPPG Rank

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.

More Fantasy Fallout from the Free Agency Period

DeAndre Hopkins to Arizona Cardinals

David Johnson to Houston Texans

Austin Hooper to Cleveland Browns

Ryan Tannehill Re-Signs with Tennessee Titans

Amari Cooper Still a Cowboy

Stefon Diggs to Buffalo Bills

Teddy Bridgewater Replaces Cam Newton in Carolina

Philip Rivers Signs With Indianapolis Colts

Tom Brady is Going to Be a Buccaneer

Todd Gurley Signs With the Atlanta Falcons