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Austin Hooper

Austin Hooper

Tight End #81
ADP:Round: 12, Pick: 11
Team: Cleveland Browns
Ht / Wt:6'4" / 254 lb.
Born:October 29, 1994
Drafted:2016 / Rd. 3 (81)
Draft Team:ATL

Austin Hooper: Secures TD in playoff win

Hooper secured seven of his 11 targets for 46 yards and a touchdown during Sunday night's 48-37 wild-card win against the Steelers.

Analysis: Hooper notched a seven-yard TD catch with 34 seconds remaining in the second quarter to push Cleveland's lead back to four possessions before the halftime break. Baker Mayfield looked the tight end's way again in a key third-down goal-line situation in the fourth quarter, but Steelers defensive back Terrell Edmunds disrupted the pass to cause an incompletion. After registering just one TD over his first eight games as a Brown, Hooper has scored in four of six appearances heading into a divisional-round matchup against Kansas City.

January 10, 2021 9:40 PM EST

Austin Hooper: Scores fourth TD

Hooper caught four of five targets for 37 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 24-22 win over Pittsburgh.

Analysis: Hooper, who scored for the third time in five weeks, now has four touchdown receptions for the season. He's been a big part of the passing attack the last three weeks, catching 17 of 26 targets for 149 yards and two TDs during that span. With the win, the Browns clinched a playoff spot and will head to Pittsburgh next week for a Wild Card weekend matchup.

January 3, 2021 5:46 PM EST

Austin Hooper: Leading receiver in Week 16 loss

Hooper caught seven of 15 targets for 71 yards in Sunday's 23-16 loss to the Jets.

Analysis: Hooper caught a ball on the game's first play, foreshadowing his heavy involvement against a Jets defense that has been the league's most generous to opposing tight ends. The veteran tight end led the Browns in targets, catches and receiving yards as the team played without its top four wide receivers due to a late-week COVID-19 outbreak. Hooper's unlikely to find as much success in Week 17 against the stingy Steelers defense, especially if he slides back down in the pecking order due to the return of some sidelined receiving options.

December 27, 2020 2:07 PM EST

Austin Hooper: Rises to top target Sunday

With several receivers landing non the COVID-19 list, Hooper is expected to be a primary target for Sunday's game against the Jets, Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.

Analysis: Cleveland will be without wideouts Jarvis Landry, Rashard Higgins, KhaDarel Hodge and Donovan Peoples-Jones, all of whom were close contacts of linebacker B.J. Goodson, who tested positive for the virus. The development reduces the number of known targets for quarterback Baker Mayfield, who will throw to a crew of untested wideouts in Marvin Hall, Ja'Marcus Bradley and Derrick WIllies. That means known commodities such as Hooper, David Njoku, Harrison Bryant, Kareem Hunt and Nick Chubb will be prominent in the passing attack. Hooper's 50 targets are the most among the group that will be available Sunday.

December 27, 2020 3:13 AM EST

Austin Hooper: Returns with big game

Hooper (neck) caught five passes (six targets) for 41 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 20-6 win over the Giants.

Analysis: Hooper missed last week's incredible contest against the Ravens with a neck injury, but he was able to get in on the scoring parade -- albeit a little late -- with a touchdown of his own against the Giants. The 26-year-old will resume his role as the team's top tight end, but he certainly has underwhelmed after signing a massive contract with Cleveland this past offseason. That said, Baker Mayfield has elevated his performance in recent weeks, so it wouldn't be surprising to see Hooper heat up as a byproduct down the stretch.

December 20, 2020 11:44 PM EST

Austin Hooper: Suiting up Week 15

Hooper (neck) is active for Sunday's road game versus the Giants, Jake Trotter of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: Hooper started Week 15 prep with back-to-back limited listings before capping it with a full session, but the Browns still gave him a questionable designation. It's not a huge surprise considering he sat out Week 14 with a neck injury, but now that he's back in the lineup he should slot back in as the team's No. 1 running back. Having said that, Hooper hasn't surpassed three catches or 40 yards since Week 6, a span of four appearances.

December 20, 2020 4:08 PM EST

Austin Hooper: Gets questionable tag for Week 15

The Browns list Hooper (neck) as questionable for Sunday's game against the Giants, Zac Jackson of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Though Hooper put in a full practice Friday, it wasn't enough for him to enter the weekend minus an injury designation. The Browns may have just deemed Hooper questionable as a matter of caution after his neck issue prevented him from playing in the Week 14 loss to the Ravens. Hooper hasn't experienced any reported setbacks with his neck while increasing his practice activity throughout the week, so the prevailing expectation is that he'll be ready to step into his usual role as Cleveland's top tight end once Sunday arrives.

December 18, 2020 11:16 AM EST

Austin Hooper: Another limited session

Hooper (neck) remained listed as limited on Thursday's practice report, Nate Ulrich of the Akron Beacon Journal reports.

Analysis: It remains to be seen if Hooper approaches Sunday's game against the Giants listed as questionable, or free from a Week 15 injury designation, but if he does return to action this weekend, it would cut into the snap/target share of both Harrison Bryant and David Njoku.

December 17, 2020 12:48 PM EST

Austin Hooper: Logs limited practice

Hooper (neck) was limited at practice Wednesday, Mary Kay Cabot of The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.

Analysis: Hooper was inactive this past Monday against the Ravens, but the tight end's return to practice Wednesday -- albeit in a limited capacity -- bodes well for his chances of rejoining the Browns' lineup Sunday against the Giants.

December 16, 2020 3:10 PM EST

Austin Hooper: Resumes practicing

Hooper (neck) returned to practice Wednesday, Jake Trotter of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: Hooper sat out Cleveland's last two practices before being made inactive this past Monday versus the Ravens. The tight end's return to practice Wednesday, be it limited or full, has him trending in the right direction in advance of this weekend's contest against the Giants.

December 16, 2020 10:41 AM EST

Austin Hooper: Hope for Week 15 return

Coach Kevin Stefanski hopes Hooper (neck) will be back for Sunday's road game against the Giants, Nate Ulrich of the Akron Beacon Journal reports.

Analysis: Hooper capped Week 14 prep with no reps on back-to-back injury reports, the result of a neck issue. Ulrich later noted Hooper's health concern wasn't believed to be serious, but the tight end still sat out Monday's loss to the Ravens. That assessment will be telling if Hooper is listed as full or limited on Wednesday's practice report, but in any case his listing there will give a sense of his ability to play Week 15.

December 15, 2020 9:32 AM EST

Austin Hooper: Not playing Monday

Hooper (neck) is listed as inactive Monday versus the Browns.

Analysis: In advance of this game, Hooper kicked off Week 14 prep with no limitations but was added to the injury report Friday as a non-participant due to a neck concern. He's had no activity since then, and while the issue isn't believed to be serious -- per Nate Ulrich of the Akron Beacon Journal -- the Browns will keep Hooper on the sideline. In his stead, Harrison Bryant, David Njoku and Stephen Carlson will man tight end for Cleveland.

December 14, 2020 3:49 PM EST

Austin Hooper: Not expected to play Monday

Hooper (neck) isn't expected to play Monday night against the Ravens, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: If Hooper is indeed out Monday, Harrison Bryant, David Njoku and Stephen Carlson, in that order, would be next up for the Browns' Week 14 tight end snaps.

December 13, 2020 9:35 AM EST

Austin Hooper: Injury not serious

Hooper's neck injury is not believed to be serious, Nate Ulrich of the Akron Beacon Journal reports.

Analysis: Hooper sustained a neck injury during Thursday's practice and has not practiced in practices the two days since. He's officially listed as questionable for Monday's game against the Ravens, but it appears the injury will not sideline him for a significant period of time.

December 13, 2020 7:45 AM EST

Austin Hooper: Officially questionable

Hooper (neck) is listed as questionable on the Browns' final injury report ahead of Monday's matchup with the Ravens, Nate Ulrich of the Akron Beacon Journal reports.

Analysis: After practicing in full Thursday, Hooper was a non-participant Friday and added to the injury report with a neck issue as a result. He was once again absent from Saturday's practice and is now looking like a true game-time decision for Monday's game as a result. Should he ultimately have to sit out, Harrison Bryant would presumably be the next man up on the depth chart, but David Njoku could also see some work.

December 12, 2020 11:15 AM EST

Austin Hooper: Added to injury report

Hooper (neck) didn't practice Friday, Nate Ulrich of the Akron Beacon Journal reports.

Analysis: Hooper practiced fully Thursday, but his addition to the Browns' injury report Friday clouds his status for Monday night's game against the Ravens. If Hooper ends up limited or out, Harrison Bryant, David Njoku and Stephen Carlson would be next up for the team's tight end snaps.

December 11, 2020 2:09 PM EST

Austin Hooper: Leads tight ends

Hooper caught two of two targets for 24 yards in Sunday's 41-35 win over Tennessee.

Analysis: Hooper led the team's tight ends, which played a small role on a day when the Browns' offense was as wide open as it has been all season. Cleveland tight ends combined for three targets -- four, if one counts offensive lineman Kendall Lamm, who caught a touchdown as an eligible receiver. Hooper prepares for Week 14 against Baltimore, which ranks 21st in yards allowed (53.18 YPG) to opposing tight ends.

December 7, 2020 2:35 AM EST

Austin Hooper: Finds paydirt in win

Hooper caught two of two targets for 13 yards and a touchdown catch in Sunday's 27-25 win over the Jaguars.

Analysis: Hooper gave the Browns a brief lead at the end of the first half with a nine-yard touchdown reception, his second TD of the season. He's averaging just two catches and 19 yards in the three games since returning from an appendectomy, but Hooper stands out among the team's tight ends as they prepare for Week 13 against Tennessee. The Titans rank seventh with seven touchdowns allowed to opposing tight ends.

November 30, 2020 5:05 AM EST

Austin Hooper: Leading TE target

Hooper caught three of five targets for 33 yards in Sunday's 22-17 win over the Eagles.

Analysis: Hooper once again led the position group in snaps and targets, but it rarely translates into something fantasy owners need. Despite being the leading tight end, he's finished under 50 yards in six of eight games with just one touchdown. As the Browns ride their running game during the second half of the season, targeting opportunities are dwindling for all pass catchers.

November 23, 2020 4:33 AM EST

Austin Hooper: One catch in return

Hooper (appendix) caught one of two targets for 11 yards in Sunday's 10-7 win over the Texans.

Analysis: Hooper was the only Browns tight end to record a target in his return from appendicitis, but none of Cleveland's pass-catchers got much going in this one, as quarterback Baker Mayfield threw for just 132 yards without a touchdown. The former Falcons tight end had recorded five catches in each of his previous three games played, so Hooper should pick things up in Week 11 against an Eagles team that has struggled to defend tight ends.

November 15, 2020 2:40 PM EST

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