Austin Hooper

Tennessee Titans
Tight End #81
Tennessee Titans
Tight End #81

Austin Hooper News

Four catches in Week 18

Hooper recorded four catches on four targets for 38 yards in Saturday's 20-16 loss to the Jaguars.

Analysis: Hooper tied for the third-most targets on the team and was relatively efficient with his opportunity to turn in his highest catch and yardage total since Week 14. While his numbers rebounded compared to his 2021 campaign with the Browns, Hooper was still in a timeshare among other tight ends on the Tennessee roster including Chigoziem Okonkwo and Geoff Swaim. Hooper will hit free agency this offseason, and even if he returns to Tennessee, Okonkwo will likely step into a more significant role in 2023 to Hooper's detriment.

Jan 11, 2023 9:24 PM EST

Six yards on six targets

Hooper recorded one catch on six targets for six yards in Thursday's 27-13 loss to the Cowboys.

Analysis: Several of the Titans' pass catchers saw improved efficiency with Joshua Dobbs under center rather than Malik Willis. However, the opposite was true for Hooper, as he tallied his lowest yardage total since Week 8 despite seeing his second-highest target total of the season. Prior to Thursday's game, Hooper had managed multiple receptions in eight consecutive contests.

Dec 30, 2022 9:27 PM EST

Two catches in loss

Hooper recorded two receptions on four targets for 20 yards in Saturday's 19-14 loss to the Texans.

Analysis: Hooper tied for the team lead with four targets, though he didn't manage much production with the opportunity. He delivered a key 15-yard gain on a potential game-winning drive with only 15 seconds remaining, but Malik Willis threw an interception on the following play. Hooper has now earned at least four targets in seven consecutive games.

Dec 25, 2022 4:20 PM EST

Two catches against Chargers

Hooper recorded two catches on four targets for 33 yards in Sunday's 17-14 loss to the Chargers.

Analysis: Hooper played fewer snaps than both Chigoziem Okonkwo and Geoff Swaim, though he was still among three Titans with four targets. He made good use of the opportunity, and his 17-yard catch late in the fourth quarter led directly to a game-tying touchdown for Tennessee. After a slow start to the season, Hooper has at least 30 yards in seven of his last nine contests.

Dec 19, 2022 5:56 PM EST

Delivers 68 yards in loss

Hooper recorded five receptions on five targets for 68 yards in Sunday's 36-22 loss to the Jaguars.

Analysis: Hooper maintained a significant role in Tennessee's offense even with the emergence of Chigoziem Okonkwo, finishing tied for second on the team with five receptions. While he didn't find the end zone, Hooper managed explosive gains of 24 and 17 yards to account for the majority of his damage. He now has at least three receptions in each of his last five games, though he had previously failed to top 41 yards in that span.

Dec 11, 2022 8:12 PM EST

Three catches against Eagles

Hooper recorded three receptions on five targets for 22 yards in Sunday's 35-10 loss to the Eagles.

Analysis: Hooper had the majority of his involvement on a drive late in the second quarter, during which he caught a pair of nine-yard passes. He remains a part-time player with both Geoff Swim and Chigoziem Okonkwo also working into the tight end rotation, though Hooper has at least three receptions in four consecutive games. While his workload appears relatively safe, he has failed to surpass 41 yards in a game in that same span.

Dec 5, 2022 5:55 PM EST

Posts 30 yards

Hooper recorded three receptions on four targets for 30 yards in Sunday's 20-16 loss to the Bengals.

Analysis: Hooper continued to see consistent involvement in the Tennessee offense and tallied his third straight game with at least four targets. He recorded receptions of 12,10 and eight yards, all three of which came on the team's drive just before halftime. While unremarkable, Hooper has posted four consecutive games with at least 30 receiving yards.

Nov 28, 2022 7:29 PM EST

Continues surge with pair of scores

Hooper brought in all four targets for 36 yards and two touchdowns in the Titans' 27-17 win over the Packers on Thursday night.

Analysis: The veteran tight end's tenure in Tennessee had mostly been a disappointment until Week 7, when Hooper started on an upward trajectory that culminated with his first pair of scoring grabs as a Titan. Hooper's first touchdown reception came on a nifty three-yard jump pass from Derrick Henry, and the second was a 16-yard grab on the first play of the fourth quarter that closed out the scoring on the night. Hooper now has a 15-172-2 line over his last five games, numbers he'll next have a chance to build on in a Week 12 home battle versus the Bengals a week from Sunday.

Nov 17, 2022 9:22 PM EST

Season-high five catches

Hooper recorded five catches on seven targets for 41 yards in Sunday's 17-10 win over the Broncos.

Analysis: The Titans took to the air more than is typically the case, as Derrick Henry was shut down on the ground. Hooper was a benificiary, and he logged his highest target and reception total of the season. He did the majoirty of his damage late, as he tallied three catches for 29 yards in the final quarter. Hooper will likely continue to play a significant role in the passing game, though it's been difficult to predict when the Titans will choose to employ a more aggressive offensive approach.

Nov 14, 2022 5:24 PM EST

Nabs two catches in loss

Hooper had two receptions (three targets) for 34 yards in Sunday's 20-17 overtime loss to the Chiefs.

Analysis: Hooper actually turned in his one of his better stat lines in a game where his starting quarterback completed just five passes. The 27-year-old still owns a paltry 12/150/0 receiving line through eight starts, making him a non-factor in most fantasy formats heading into a matchup with Denver next Sunday.

Nov 7, 2022 12:10 AM EST

Limited to one catch

Hooper recorded one catch on one target for five yards in Sunday's 17-10 win over the Texans.

Analysis: The Titans went to an extremely run-heavy approach with Malik Willis under center, who attempted only 10 passes in the game. As a result, no Titans pass catcher tallied more than two receptions or 26 yards in the contest. Hooper now has recorded single-digit receiving yards in four of seven games on the campaign.

Oct 31, 2022 6:26 PM EST

Leads way with 56 yards

Hooper recorded three receptions on three targets for 56 yards in Sunday's 19-10 win over the Colts.

Analysis: Hooper turned in his best game as a Titan, as he managed lengthy receptions of 23,19 and 14 yards to lead the team in receiving. Prior to Sunday's matchup, Hooper had failed to surpass 19 receiving yards in any matchup, so it's unclear whether he will continue to see an increased role in the offense. Like every Titans' pass catcher, Hooper should primarily be targeted in games where the team is chasing points.

Oct 23, 2022 9:50 PM EST

Limited to one target

Hooper hauled in his lone target for seven yards in Sunday's 21-17 win over the Commanders.

Analysis: Hooper was on the field for 33 snaps, his highest total since Week 1. However, he remained a minimal part of the Titans' passing attack and has racked up more than one reception in a game only once this season. Overall, Hooper has six receptions for 55 yards across five games.

Oct 10, 2022 7:42 PM EST

One catch against Colts

Hooper recorded one catch on one target for four yards in Sunday's 24-17 win over the Colts.

Analysis: Hooper played only 20 offensive snaps, half the mark of Geoff Swaim. More concerning was the increased snap rate for Chig Okonkwo, who played 13 offensive snaps and also caught his first career touchdown. Hooper is likely to remain the Titans' top pass-catching tight end from a playing time perspective for a significant portion of the season, but he has only five receptions for 48 yards across four games.

Oct 3, 2022 7:51 PM EST

Cleared for Week 4

Hooper (neck) practiced fully Friday and doesn't carry an injury designation for Sunday's game against the Colts, Jim Wyatt of the Titans' official site reports.

Analysis: Hooper was a limited participant in Thursday's practice, but his full participation Friday paves the way for the tight end to suit up this weekend. However, with just four catches on nine targets for 44 yards in three games thus far, Hooper's fantasy impact has been modest while working in a timeshare with Geoff Swaim.

Sep 30, 2022 2:15 PM EST

Manages limited participation

Hooper (neck) was a limited participant in Thursday's practice, John Glennon of reports.

Analysis: Hooper took a step forward in activity from Wednesday and will look to graduate to full participation Friday, which would likely allow him to enter this weekend's matchup with the Colts without an injury designation. Even if the neck issue results in no restrictions for Hooper, his fantasy ceiling will be suppressed while he continues to share snaps at tight end with Geoff Swaim. Hooper hasn't played more than 62 percent of snaps or drawn more than five targets in any of the Titans' first three games.

Sep 29, 2022 1:24 PM EST

Doesn't practice Wednesday

Hooper (neck) didn't practice Wednesday, Jim Wyatt of the Titans' officials site reports.

Analysis: The report notes that Hooper was spotted running on a side field during Wednesday's session. In the Titans' 24-22 win over the Raiders on Sunday, Hooper was on the field for 24 snaps en route to catching both of his targets for 19 yards, while fellow tight end Geoff Swaim (40 snaps) caught caught all three of his targets for 19 yards and a TD. Three games into the season, Hooper has been limited to four catches on nine targets for 44 yards and as long as he's in a time-share with Swaim he'll be a hit-or-miss fantasy option.

Sep 28, 2022 2:24 PM EST

Two catches against Raiders

Hooper caught both of his targets for 19 yards in Sunday's 24-22 win over the Raiders.

Analysis: Hooper played only 24 offensive snaps and was less involved in the offense than Geoff Swaim. He did manage receptions of 11 and eight yards, matching his highest yardage total of the season. Through three games, Hooper has only a total of four catches for 44 yards.

Sep 26, 2022 5:51 PM EST

Makes little of four targets

Hooper recorded one reception on four targets for 19 yards in Monday's 41-7 loss to the Bills.

Analysis: Hooper was on the field for exactly half of Tennessee's offensive snaps, though most starters were pulled late in the third quarter. He finished tied for third on the team with four targets, but he produced little with the opportunity. Hooper should continue to serve as the Titans' primary pass-catching tight end, though that has translated to only two receptions and 25 yards across two games.

Sep 20, 2022 5:53 PM EST

Quiet in Titans debut

Hooper caught one of two targets for six yards in Sunday's 21-20 loss against the Giants.

Analysis: Hooper was outsnapped 45-40 by Geoff Swaim, despite the seventh-year pro being listed as No. 1 tight end on the team's depth chart. Although the 27-year-old reportedly established solid chemistry with quarterback Ryan Tannehill this offseason, his little involvement in the passing game Week 1 is somewhat discouraging. Look for Hooper to play a larger role next Monday night when the Titans travel to Buffalo.

Sep 12, 2022 9:52 AM EST

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