Hayden Hurst

Hayden Hurst

Tight End #81
Team: Atlanta Falcons
Ht / Wt:6'4" / 250 lb.
College:South Carolina
Born:August 24, 1993
Drafted:2018 / Rd. 1 (25)
Draft Team:BAL

Hayden Hurst: Secures TD to cap strong 2020

Hurst reeled in four of six targets for 28 yards and a touchdown during Sunday's 44-27 loss to the Buccaneers.

Analysis: Hurst's fourth-quarter TD catch helped reduce Atlanta's deficit to three points with 8:19 to go, as the 27-year-old tight end concluded his 2020 campaign with scores in three straight games. His 56 receptions, 571 receiving yards and six TDs all represent huge increases from previous season-bests over his first two NFL seasons in Baltimore. The Falcons have a decision to make on Hurst's fifth-year option going into the offseason, but it's hard to imagine there's another tight end on the roster capable of making equal contributions as a pass catcher.

January 4, 2021 5:49 AM EST

Hayden Hurst: Scores in second straight game

Hurst corralled all five of his targets for 47 yards and a touchdown during Sunday's 17-14 loss to the Chiefs.

Analysis: Hurst tallied his second TD in as many games, punching in a score at the 3:35 mark of the second quarter via a Matt Ryan shovel pass. The 27-year-old tight end has shattered career highs across the board, with 52 receptions, 543 receiving yards and five TDs heading into a Week 17 finale against the Buccaneers. Hurst scored against Tampa Bay last Sunday in a 31-27 loss, a not-so-infrequent pattern for tight ends as the Buccaneers have surrendered eight to the position in 2020.

December 27, 2020 4:36 PM EST

Hayden Hurst: Rakes in fourth TD of 2020

Hurst caught four of five targets for 21 yards and a touchdown during Sunday's 31-27 loss to the Buccaneers.

Analysis: The South Carolina product was held under 25 receiving yards for a third consecutive outing, but his third-quarter TD grab snapped a seven-game scoring drought. Hurst was right near his season average of 5.4 targets per game Week 15 as Julio Jones (hamstring) sat out a second straight against Tampa Bay. The 27-year-old could be lined up for another solid outing Week 16, taking on a Chiefs defense that's surrendered the sixth-most receiving yards to opposing tight ends this season.

December 21, 2020 5:42 AM EST

Hayden Hurst: Posts just one reception

Hurst secured one of his three targets for seven yards during Sunday's 20-17 loss to the Chargers.

Analysis: After serving as a high-floor fantasy tight end for much of the first half of 2020, Hurst has fallen into a slump over his past four outings. The South Carolina standout posted 45.7 receiving yards per game with three total touchdowns Weeks 1 through 9, however, he's been held under 10 receiving yards in three of his past four games. Hurst has gone seven straight games without finding the end zone as the Falcons prepare to host Tampa Bay in Week 15.

December 15, 2020 5:39 AM EST

Hayden Hurst: Ready to face Chargers

Hurst (ankle) doesn't have a designation on the final injury report for Sunday's game against the Chargers, William McFadden of the Falcons' official site reports.

Analysis: Hurst was a limited practice participant Wednesday through Friday, never truly appearing in danger of missing Sunday's game. The Saints shut him down twice in the past three weeks, but he should fare better against an inferior defense, and there's potential for a good number of targets with Julio Jones (hamstring) already ruled out.

December 11, 2020 10:04 AM EST

Hayden Hurst: Limited in practice Thursday

Hurst (ankle) practiced in a limited capacity Thursday, Will McFadden of the Falcons' official site reports.

Analysis: With yet another capped session under his belt, Hurst doesn't appear to be getting any healthier from the ankle issue that's plagued him for a third straight week. No matter, his status should continue to be monitored as the week goes on, especially with Julio Jones not able to practice yet this week due to a hamstring injury.

December 10, 2020 1:50 PM EST

Hayden Hurst: Limited Wednesday

Hurst (ankle) was limited at Wednesday's practice, Will McFadden of the Falcons' official site reports.

Analysis: Since the Falcons' Week 10 bye, Hurst has been contained as a pass catcher, recording five receptions (on 14 targets) for 57 yards and no touchdowns. He's also dealt with an ankle issue during that stretch, which could be to blame for the decrease in production. Hurst has two more chances to bump up to full activity before Atlanta has a decision to make on his status for Sunday's road game against the Chargers.

December 9, 2020 1:46 PM EST

Hayden Hurst: Another down week against Saints

Hurst caught one of his four targets for nine receiving yards during Sunday's 21-16 loss to New Orleans.

Analysis: Hurst has been held under 48 receiving yards in two of his past seven appearances, with both down outings coming against the Saints. Those weren't merely slightly disappointing performances from the third-year tight end, either. To go with his one-catch, nine-yard Sunday outing, Hurst went without a single reception over two targets Week 11 against the Saints. The 27-year-old's next matchup comes against a Chargers defense that ranks eighth best in the NFL with 507 receiving yards allowed to opposing TEs, but that is also tied for second worst with nine TDs surrendered to the position.

December 6, 2020 10:48 PM EST

Hayden Hurst: Attians clearance for Week 13

Hurst (ankle) doesn't have an injury designation for Sunday's game against the Saints, Katherine Terrell of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Hurst's availability for the Week 13 contest looked to be in jeopardy after he failed to practice Thursday, but the Falcons cleared him to play after he returned to work Friday in a limited fashion. After being held without a reception for the only time this season in the Falcons' Week 11 loss to the Saints, Hurst has nowhere to go up in the rematch.

December 4, 2020 1:56 PM EST

Hayden Hurst: Downturn in practice activity

Hurst (ankle) was listed as a non-participant in Thursday's practice, Will McFadden of the Falcons' official site reports.

Analysis: Considering Hurst opened the week with a limited practice Wednesday, the step back he took in terms of activity a day later is somewhat concerning. The Falcons may have been deliberately withholding Hurst from the session as part of a pre-planned maintenance program, but he'll likely need to get back on the field in some capacity Friday to have a realistic shot at suiting up Sunday against the Saints. Luke Stocker and Jaeden Graham are the Falcons' backup options at tight end, with Graham representing the greater threat in the passing game of the two.

December 3, 2020 1:36 PM EST

Hayden Hurst: Limited in practice

Hurst (knee) was a limited participant in Wednesday's practice, Will McFadden of the Falcons' official site reports.

Analysis: Hurst hasn't yet missed a game this season, though he did pop up on the injury report with an ankle issue late November. That the starting tight end is practicing in at least a limited capacity to start the week is a hint that he's trending in the right direction for Sunday's game against the Saints, barring any setbacks.

December 2, 2020 1:21 PM EST

Hayden Hurst: Records four catches Week 12

Hurst caught four of eight targets for 48 receiving yards during Sunday's 43-6 win against the Raiders.

Analysis: Hurst laid an egg Week 11 with zero receptions on his two targets, but he bounced back with another solid pass-catching performance Sunday. Hurst has posted at least four receptions in five of his six appearances dating back to Week 6, averaging 48.2 receiving yards per game with one total TD during that span. He's enjoyed a healthy workload of 6.4 targets per game in his debut campaign in Atlanta, as he pivots his attention to a Week 13 matchup against division rival New Orleans.

November 29, 2020 3:36 PM EST

Hayden Hurst: Suiting up Sunday

Hurst (ankle) is active for Sunday's game against the Raiders, Will McFadden of the Falcons' official site reports.

Analysis: Hurst logged just one limited practice this week before the Falcons tagged him as questionable for this contest. Still, it was enough to gain clearance to play Sunday, which cannot be said for Julio Jones (hamstring). With both Jones and Todd Gurley (knee) sidelined, their combined 9.7 targets per game will be up for grabs for the likes of Hurst, Calvin Ridley and company to take advantage of the Raiders' 28th-ranked pass defense (273.6 yards per game).

November 29, 2020 8:34 AM EST

Hayden Hurst: On track for Sunday

Hurst (ankle) is expected to play Sunday against the Raiders, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Analysis: The 27-year-old received the questionable tag after finishing the week with a limited practice Friday, and it appears he's continued to progress well halfway through the weekend. Hurst is looking for a rebound performance after posting zero catches on zero targets last week against the Saints.

November 28, 2020 8:59 PM EST

Hayden Hurst: Questionable on final injury report

Hurst (ankle) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against Las Vegas, D. Orlando Ledbetter of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

Analysis: Listed as DNP on the first two practice reports this week, Hurst then returned to the field Friday as a full participant. He thus seems on track to play in Sunday's game, but we may not know for sure until the Falcons release their inactive list approximately 90 minutes prior to the 1 pm ET kickoff. If Hurst doesn't end up playing, Luke Stocker and Jayden Graham likely would split snaps at tight end, with the former mostly a blocker and the latter a better bet to contribute in the passing game.

November 27, 2020 1:17 PM EST

Hayden Hurst: No reps Thursday

Hurst (ankle) was listed as a non-participant on Thursday's practice estimate, Will McFadden of the Falcons' official site reports.

Analysis: Prior to getting blanked on two targets this past Sunday in New Orleans, Hurst notched at least four catches six times in nine games before Atlanta's Week 10 bye. One practice remains before the Falcons potentially give him a designation for a Week 12 contest against the Raiders.

November 26, 2020 10:22 AM EST

Hayden Hurst: Misses practice with ankle issue

Hurst was absent from Wednesday's practice due to an ankle injury, Will McFadden of the Falcons' official site reports.

Analysis: Hurst missed the first four games of his rookie season in 2018 due to a stress fracture in his foot, but since then he's reeled off 40 consecutive appearances (including playoffs) between the Ravens and Falcons. Through 10 contests with Atlanta, he's posted a respectable 37-411-3 line on 56 targets, but it remains to be seen whether he'll be able to add to that Sunday versus the Raiders.

November 25, 2020 1:17 PM EST

Hayden Hurst: Lays Week 11 egg

Hurst did not haul in either of his targets during Sunday's 24-9 loss to the Saints.

Analysis: Hurst had pieced together a quarter season of consistent fantasy production entering Sunday, going for four-plus receptions and 54 or more receiving yards over each of his past four games. Week 11 represented an absolute dud for the third-year man out of South Carolina, his first game in a Falcons uniform without recording a catch. Despite the down week, Hurst has already established career highs in targets (54), receptions (37), receiving yards (411) and touchdowns (three) heading into a Week 12 matchup against Las Vegas.

November 22, 2020 10:19 PM EST

Hayden Hurst: Second-leading receiver in win

Hurst caught seven of a team-high eight targets, accumulating 62 receiving yards during Sunday's 34-17 win against the Broncos.

Analysis: Calvin Ridley (foot) was unavailable to state his own case, but Hurst commanded more passing-game involvement than at least one Pro Bowl-caliber receiver during Week 9, out-targeting the great Julio Jones by an 8-7 count. It seemed obvious the South Carolina product would see more involvement with the Falcons this season after the team sacrificed a second-round draft choice to acquire him from Baltimore. Regardless of the compensation the Falcons gave up, for fantasy purposes he's already surpassed his previous career highs in receptions, receiving yards and touchdowns with seven games still remaining on the regular-season slate. He's rounded into consistent form of late especially, with four-plus receptions and at least 54 receiving yards in each of his past four outings.

November 8, 2020 8:02 PM EST

Hayden Hurst: Solid receiving day in win

Hurst brought in five of seven targets for 54 yards in the Falcons' 25-17 win over the Panthers on Thursday night.

Analysis: The third-year pro continued to churn out solid numbers Thursday, and he enjoyed an expanded role with Calvin Ridley exiting the game in the second quarter due to an ankle injury. Hurst checked in second to Julio Jones in receptions, receiving yards and targets, and he now has at least Thursday's 54 receiving yards in three straight games, his best stretch of play yet during his first Atlanta season. Hurst also exactly matched his 2019 totals of 30 receptions and 349 yards in Baltimore with Thursday's production, leaving him poised to establish new career bests in both categories in a Week 9 home interconference affair against the Broncos on Sunday, Nov. 8.

October 29, 2020 9:38 PM EST

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