Brycen Hopkins

Los Angeles Rams
Tight End #88
Los Angeles Rams
Tight End #88

Brycen Hopkins News

Gets three-game ban

Hopkins received a three-game suspension Wednesday for violating the NFL's substance-abuse policy, Sarah Barshop of reports.

Analysis: Despite being active for both of the Rams' games this season, he's been blanked in the box score while earning eight snaps on offense and six more on special teams. His next chance to log his second catch as a pro won't come until Sunday, Oct. 16 against the Panthers. In the meantime, Tyler Higbee will continue to dominate TE reps for L.A., while Roger Carter and Jared Pinkney are candidates to be elevated from the practice squad.

Sep 21, 2022 2:03 PM EST

Leads team in receptions

Hopkins caught all six of his targets for 41 yards in Friday's 24-20 loss to the Texans.

Analysis: Hopkins operated as a safety valve for quarterback John Wolford during a first half that saw Wolford under constant pressure, and he came through with a perfect six-for-six catch rate. The second half saw Bryce Perkins only target Hopkins once on a play that was called back due to penalty, but Hopkins easily outpaced fellow tight ends Kendall Blanton and Roger Carter, who combined for two catches and 28 receiving yards in the loss. With one preseason game against the Bengals next Saturday remaining, Hopkins may have leapt Blanton and become the favorite to be the backup to starter Tyler Higbee with Friday's performance.

Aug 20, 2022 9:23 AM EST

Logs one catch

Hopkins caught one of two passes for nine yards in Saturday's 29-22 win over the Chargers.

Analysis: Fellow backup tight end Kendall Blanton was on the field as well, but only Hopkins was targeted by Bryce Perkins, and he was able to snag one of the two for a nine-yard gain during the Rams' first touchdown drive of the game. With Tyler Higbee being eased back in to action after recovering from an MCL injury suffered in the NFC Championship Game last season, expect to see plenty of both Hopkins and Blanton during Friday's second preseason game against the Texans.

Aug 14, 2022 9:21 AM EST

Third on depth chart

Hopkins is listed as the third-string tight end on the Rams' first unofficial depth chart, Cameron DaSilva of USA Today reports.

Analysis: Hopkins had a breakout performance in Super Bowl LVI, notching 47 yards on four receptions after garnering just a single catch through the first twelve games of his career. Despite ending his year on a positive note, the return of Tyler Higbee combined with Kendall Blanton's presence relegates Hopkins back to a tertiary role going into his third year with the Rams, albeit with evidence that he can produce if thrust into a starting role.

Aug 12, 2022 3:21 PM EST

Unsung hero in Super Bowl win

Hopkins hauled in all four of his targets for 47 yards Sunday in the Rams' 23-20 win over the Bengals in Super Bowl LVI.

Analysis: After drawing only one target in total over the first 12 regular-season and playoff appearances of his career, Hopkins saw a surprising amount of involvement on the biggest stage. With Tyler Higbee (knee) placed on injured reserve in advance of the Super Bowl, Kendall Blanton drew the start at tight end, but it was Hopkins who operated as the top pass-catching option at the position. He ended up out-snapping Blanton, 39-30, and had a key third-down reception with just over four minutes remaining on the Rams' game-winning scoring drive. Higbee should be back to full strength for the Rams' offseason program and is under contract through 2023, but Hopkins' Super Bowl performance could be a springboard for him to take on a more enhanced role as Higbee's top backup next season.

Feb 14, 2022 10:03 AM EST

First career reception in win

Hopkins caught his lone target for nine yards during Tuesday's 20-10 win over Seattle. He played 22 of 66 offensive snaps.

Analysis: With this being Hopkins' first career reception, it's unlikely it made a fantasy ripple. He's only played 55 offensive snaps this season, after all. Additionally, with Tyler Higbee potentially returning from the reserve/COVID-19 list next week, it's likely Hopkins reassumes a tertiary role in the offense.

Dec 22, 2021 9:09 AM EST

Activated from COVID list

Hopkins was activated from the reserve/COVID-19 list Saturday.

Analysis: Hopkins hit the list on Tuesday but was eligible for a quick return because he had been vaccinated. With Tyler Higbee still on the COVID list, the Purdue product should be the Rams' no. 2 tight end Sunday against Seattle behind Kendall Blanton.

Dec 18, 2021 4:40 PM EST

Going to reserve/COVID-19

Hopkins was placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list Tuesday.

Analysis: The tight end will enter the league's COVID-19 protocols, but since he's vaccinated, he only needs two negative tests this week to be active Sunday against the Seahawks. Hopkins has appeared in three straight games for the Rams, logging 33 offensive snaps without a target.

Dec 14, 2021 2:49 PM EST

Logs full practice

Hopkins (illness) was able to practice in full Thursday, Jourdan Rodrigue of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Hopkins got in a full practice Thursday after missing practice on Wednesday. Hopkins, a converted wide receiver from Purdue, was expected to step into a bigger role in 2021 with Gerald Everett going to Seattle, but he fell behind 2021 fourth-round selection Jacob Harris on the depth chart. Hopkins played in five games in 2020 but was mostly used on special teams and never saw a target. He'll try to push his way up the depth chart and get a chance to play Sunday against the Titans.

Nov 4, 2021 5:29 PM EST

Inactive against Colts

Hopkins (coach's decision) is inactive for Sunday's Week 2 contest against the Colts, Gary Klein of the Los Angeles Times reports.

Analysis: Hopkins has slipped down the tight end depth chart behind Tyler Higbee, Johnny Mundt and Jacob Harris. As a result, It may take an injury for him to see game action in immediately upcoming contests.

Sep 19, 2021 9:11 AM EST

Could see competition for snaps

Hopkins could compete for offensive snaps following the selection of Jacob Harris in the fourth round of the 2021 NFL Draft, Jourdan Rodrigue of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: While Harris was a wide receiver in college, he spent his time during the pre-draft process with tight ends coach Wes Phillips, and he's expected to be a lock to play special teams. Hopkins was limited to a development role and received just two offensive snaps last season, but tight end Gerald Everett is out of the picture after signing with the Seahawks during free agency, so there should be opportunities for Hopkins to take a step forward in Year 2.

May 4, 2021 3:42 PM EST

Hardly plays in 2020

Hopkins suited up for five games but played just two offensive snaps during the 2020 regular season.

Analysis: The fourth-round selection in the 2020 NFL Draft owns the athleticism to take a step forward next season, and he could have more of an opportunity with fellow tight ends Gerald Everett and Johnny Mundt both set for free agency. Still, it's rare for a second-year tight end to leap right into fantasy relevance, and Tyler Higbee is still the No. 1 option at the position. It's likely best to take a wait-and-see approach with Hopkins until the dust settles following the draft and free agency.

Jan 29, 2021 4:48 PM EST

Not playing Week 2

Hopkins is a healthy scratch for Sunday's game against Philadelphia, Gary Klein of the Los Angeles Times reports.

Analysis: The 2020 fourth-round pick failed to suit up in last week's primetime win over Dallas, and he'll have to wait another week to make his NFL debut. With Hopkins sidelined, Johnny Mundt will handle the depth tight end snaps for Week 2.

Sep 20, 2020 9:15 AM EST

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