|ADP:||Round: 14, Pick: 1|
|Ht / Wt:||6'4" / 250 lb.|
|Born:||August 24, 1993|
|Drafted:||2018 / Rd. 1 (25)|
The Ravens are trading Hurst and a fourth-round pick to the Falcons in exchange for a second-round pick and a fifth-round pick, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
Analysis: Atlanta completed the trade shortly after reports emerged of Austin Hooper signing a contract with Cleveland. Hurst has shown flashes of his potential since Baltimore drafted him in the first round two years ago, but playing time was hard to come by on a team with Mark Andrews and Nick Boyle at tight end. Hurst should see far more snaps and targets in Atlanta, joining an offense that's regularly among the most pass-heavy in the league. He should immediately slot in atop the depth chart, ahead of Jaeden Graham and Carson Meier.
The Patriots and Jaguars are interested in acquiring Hurst from the Ravens, Eugene Frenette of The Florida Times-Union reports reports.
Analysis: The 2018 first-round pick reportedly wants an opportunity to catch more passes, after averaging 28.6 offensive snaps and 2.4 targets per game in 2019. He may be underutilized in the Baltimore offense, but Hurst's well-rounded skill set makes him a valuable backup to both Mark Andrews and Nick Boyle in the Ravens' TE-heavy offense. It's a luxury the team can afford for the time being, though an offer of an early draft pick or a starting-caliber defensive player might persuade the Ravens to sacrifice some TE depth for the potential to score a significant upgrade at another position. Jacksonville and New England are obvious fits for any pass-catching tight end that becomes available this offseason.
Hurst caught 30 of 39 targets for 349 yards and two touchdowns in 2019.
Analysis: Hurst showed significant improvement in Year 2 after a rookie year that was impacted by a foot injury. He commanded the fifth-highest target share on the team at 9.2 percent and proved to be a viable target downfield with an 8.6 aDOT and a 76.9 percent catch rate. While those are promising peripheral numbers, the fact that he was behind Nick Boyle in the pecking order for targets, even down the stretch, is not an encouraging sign. It's fair to argue that Baltimore misused Hurst considering that Boyle had worse advanced numbers in terms of aDOT, catch rate, and drop rate, but Boyle isn't going anywhere with his new contract. Mark Andrews will remain the primary target at tight end in Baltimore, and there's a chance the offense funnels more targets to the receivers in 2020 if the team overhauls the position as expected. Hurst still has some upside but it's too crowded of a tight end room to make him worth spending any sort of significant draft capital in standard redraft leagues.
Hurst caught both of his target for 35 yards during Sunday's 28-10 win over the Steelers.
Analysis: Hurst led the Ravens in receiving Sunday in a game in which many of the team's prime starters sat and the Steelers were unable to get much of anything going on offense. He provided his biggest contribution midway through the second quarter, coming back to the ball on a 20-yard pass from RGIII to set up a field goal. The Ravens will have a bye this week and take on the Texans, Bills or Titans in the divisional round. Hurst caught all five of his targets for 89 combined yards and a touchdown in two games against the Bills and Texans this season.
Hurst caught one of three targets for nine yards Sunday against the Browns.
Analysis: The second-year tight end has just two catches for 28 yards since his breakout against the Bills in Week 14. Hurst could be in line for more target volume than usual in Week 17 if Baltimore opts to scale back Mark Andrews' snap count ahead of the postseason.
Hurst had one catch for 19 yards on two targets Thursday against the Jets.
Analysis: This was a bit of a letdown from Hurst after his breakout against the Bills in Week 14. In fairness, Baltimore only attempted 23 passes and only three other players had more targets than Hurst. Still, Thursday served as a reminder that Hurst's big game against the Bills was more of an anomaly than a sign of things to come because Mark Andrews is the top target of the tight end group when healthy.
Hurst caught all three of his targets for 73 yards and a touchdown during Sunday's 24-17 win over the Bills.
Analysis: Hurst led the team in receiving yardage thanks in large part to a 61-yard catch and run for a touchdown at the start of the third quarter. It should also be noted that first-string tight end Mark Andrews left the game with an injury, though head coach John Harbaugh downplayed its severity after the game, according to Jamison Hensley of ESPN.com. Hurst would see an uptick in value Thursday against the Jets if Andrews is out, but if not he'd be reliant on big plays due to limited usage.
Hurst caught three of his four passes for 21 yards during Sunday's 20-17 win over the 49ers.
Analysis: Sunday's four targets were Hurst's most since Week 5 and his shortest ended up being most meaningful. Facing fourth-and-short midway through the second quarter, Hurst caught a quick pass in the flat and spun toward the sideline for a first down. The conversion helped lead to a Ravens field goal. Though the extra usage was nice for the sophomore tight end, the fact that he has yet to top 40 yards in a game this season and has not scored since Week 2 should keep him off your radar, especially Sunday against a Buffalo, the best defense in the league against tight ends this season.
Hurst was unable to reel in his lone target of Monday's 45-6 win over the Rams.
Analysis: Monday marked Hurst's first catchless game of the season. The 2018 first-round pick has seldom accounted for many yards this season -- having not topped 40 since Week 1 -- but he's been good for a catch or two per game with a red-zone target sprinkled in. Even if Hurst had maintained his reception streak, that type of production probably was never enough to make him a viable play in fantasy, especially against a team like the 49ers, who the Ravens take on on Sunday.
Hurst caught both targets for 16 scoreless yards in Sunday's 41-7 win over the Bengals.
Analysis: Despite Mark Andrews getting a breather by logging a 35-percent snap share in the blowout win, Hurst's usage stayed low, as he played 30 of a possible 72 offensive snaps. Even in dynasty formats, it's tough to hold onto Hurst, as he'll be stuck behind Andrews and Nick Boyle for the foreseeable future.
Hurst caught all four of his targets for 32 total yards during Sunday's 26-23 overtime win over the Steelers.
Analysis: Not a ton was going right for the Ravens pass offense Sunday with Lamar Jackson throwing a trio of interceptions and fellow tight end Mark Andrews continuing to struggle while dealing with a foot issue. Still, Hurst managed to set a career high in receptions. It doesn't look like much, but it was a performance that Hurst may have an opportunity to build on depending on Andrews' health as the Ravens next take on the winless Bengals.
Hurst caught both of his targets for 39 total yards during Sunday's 40-25 loss to Cleveland.
Analysis: That a 39-yard game would be Hurst's second-highest career total four games into his sophomore season is probably not what Baltimore hoped for after drafting the former Gamecock in the first round, but Hurst is at least trending upward. He has caught multiple passes or scored a touchdown in every game this season and five of his eight catches have gone for first downs. He still doesn't have the value as fellow sophomore Mark Andrews, but it'll be interesting to see how his role develops given Baltimore's relative lack of established targets outside.
Hurst caught two of five targets for 14 yards Sunday against the Chiefs.
Analysis: Hurst had an interesting stat line Sunday in that he played a season-low in snaps (22) but he had a high usage rate when he was in the game, seeing a season-high five targets. Unfortunately, Hurst wasn't efficient with his increased usage as he caught just two of his five targets and averaged less than three yards per target. It will be worth monitoring Hurst's usage in the coming weeks as his snap count will matter less if he's heavily involved in the passing game when on the field.
Hurst caught his lone target for a one-yard touchdown Sunday against the Cardinals.
Analysis: The second-year tight end has caught all four of his targets for 42 yards and a score this season but he continues to be a rotational piece at best among the Baltimore tight ends. Mark Andrews is the clear top-target among this position group and Nick Boyle's blocking has kept him on the field for the most snaps of these three. Hurst is tied for fourth on the team in target share and fourth in snap count, but his 42 percent share of the snaps in Week 2 may be more indicative of his role moving forward than his 56 percent share from the blowout in the season opener.
Hurst caught three of four targets for 41 yards Sunday against the Dolphins.
Analysis: The Ravens leaned on the tight ends Sunday with Hurst and Mark Andrews combining for 11 catches on 12 targets for 149 yards. Hurst actually out-snapped Andrews by a count of 43 to 32, according to Jamison Hensley of ESPN.com reports, which speaks to Hurst's importance as a blocker. Still, Hurst is clearly behind Andrews in terms of his importance to the Baltimore passing game, which limits his fantasy utility to leagues that start multiple tight ends.
Hurst lost a yard on his lone catch from three targets in Thursday night's 26-13 preseason win over the Packers.
Analysis: Hurst was targeted unsuccessfully by Lamar Jackson on both of his drives to start Thursday's contest. Although he was able to haul in one of backup Trace McSorley's passes afterward, Hurst didn't get past the line of scrimmage. He'll hope next Thursday's game against the Eagles produces more positive results.
Hurst (hamstring) participated in team drills during June's mandatory minicamp, Jamison Hensley of ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: Hurst missed out on the final days of OTAs in early June with a minor hamstring injury, but his full return for minicamp suggests he's back in working order. Of greater concern for the 2019 first-rounder is the continued emergence of fellow tight end Mark Andrews, who was taken two rounds after Hurst last spring but has made more of a mark in the NFL to date. Both tight ends nonetheless figure to be heavily involved in the Ravens offense this season, though, as both caught touchdown passes from Lamar Jackson in red-zone team drills during minicamp.
Hurst missed Thursday's practice with a minor hamstring injury, Ryan Mink of the Ravens' official website reports.
Analysis: Coach John Harbaugh expects Hurst to return for mandatory minicamp next week. The 2018 first-round pick claims to have added 20 pounds of muscle in the offseason, presumably hoping to challenge Nick Boyle for snaps on early downs. Regardless, fellow second-year pro Mark Andrews should be locked in as Baltimore's top receiver at the position after producing 552 yards on 50 targets last season. Andrews was the only Baltimore pass catcher to find any success playing with Lamar Jackson.
Hurst added 20 pounds of muscle during the offseason, he announced at Thursday's press conference.
Analysis: After a rookie year largely derailed by a preseason foot injury, Hurst told reporters Thursday that he has "a lot to prove" in Year 2. Hurst, a former first-rounder, will have his work cut out for him, though. The Ravens inked Nick Boyle to a three-year deal in the offseason and fellow 2018 draft pick Mark Andrews looks to be a focal point of the Ravens' passing game. There should be targets available for Hurst given that Boyle is used mostly as a blocker, but it'll be on Hurst to make the most of his opportunities lest he fall further behind Andrews in the pecking order.
Hurst admits he wasn't thrilled with his rookie season, Ben Breiner of The State reports. "For me, I think it was just average," Hurst said. "I give myself a C. I think I'm capable of a lot more. But the foot thing kind of held me back."
Analysis: The first-round pick missed all of September while recovering from a stress fracture in his foot, then spent the rest of the year playing second fiddle to fellow rookie Mark Andrews (a third-round selection) in the Baltimore passing attack. Hurst said he's back to full strength after getting a screw removed from his foot this offseason, but he'll face tough competition for snaps from Andrews and Nick Boyle. There was some thought the Ravens would let Boyle leave to open up snaps for Hurst, but the team instead handed its veteran blocking specialist a three-year, $18 million contract. Given the competition for playing time as well as the run-first nature of Baltimore's offense, Hurst is staring down a tricky path to fantasy relevance. It probably doesn't help that he's unusually old for a second-year player, heading for his 26th birthday during the preseason. Andrews was far more productive as a rookie and will turn 23 in September.
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