Khadarel Hodge

Atlanta Falcons
Wide Receiver #4
Atlanta Falcons
Wide Receiver #4

Khadarel Hodge News

Bolsters Falcons WR corps

The Falcons have signed Hodge to a one-year contract.

Analysis: In 16 games with the Lions last season, the 27-year-old recorded 13 receptions on 27 targets for 157 yards. Hodge joins an Atlanta wideout corps currently headed by Olamide Zaccheaus, but the team is far from done in terms of adding depth at the position. With that in mind, it remains to be seen where Hodge settles into the equation for targets, but as things stand he should have an opportunity to compete for a role in the Falcons offense, which is now helmed by QB Marcus Mariota.

Mar 25, 2022 1:06 PM EST

Small offensive role in finale

Hodge logged eight offensive snaps during Sunday's 37-30 win over the Packers.

Analysis: After a big day in Seattle in Week 17, Hodge returned to more of a special-teams role with Josh Reynolds reinstated from the COVID list. This was nothing new for him considering he only topped 13 percent of the offensive snaps in one game following Detroit's Week 9 bye. As a result, Hodge will finish the 2021 campaign with 13 receptions on 27 targets for 157 scoreless yards. The Alcorn State product is now set to become an unrestricted free agent at the end of the league year with no certainty that he will return to Detroit in 2022.

Jan 12, 2022 10:56 AM EST

Second-leading receiver

Hodge caught five passes for 76 yards on 10 targets against Seattle on Sunday.

Analysis: The 76 yards are a career high for Hodge, who stepped into a starting role with Josh Reynolds and Kalif Raymond unavailable. Those two will both return to the starting lineup once they're cleared to return to the field, but at least Hodge probably solidified himself as Detroit's fourth option in the wide receiver rotation as they prepare to face Green Bay in Week 18.

Jan 2, 2022 6:08 PM EST

Could get larger role Week 17

Hodge is expected to see an increased role within Detroit's receiving corps Sunday against the Seahawks with both Josh Reynolds (illness) and Kalif Raymond (illness) on the reserve/COVID-19 list, Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press reports.

Analysis: No. 1 wideout Amon-Ra St. Brown and running backs D'Andre Swift and Jamaal Williams are probably the safest bets to earn targets from quarterback Tim Boyle, but the likes of Hodge, Tom Kennedy, Trinity Benson and Javon McKinley could all see increased snaps with two starting receivers out of the lineup. Since Detroit's Week 9 bye, Hodge hasn't logged more than 13 percent of the Lions' offensive snaps in any of the team's seven games, turning in just two receptions for 30 yards on three targets.

Jan 2, 2022 5:48 AM EST

Cleared for Week 13

Hodge (illness) doesn't carry an injury designation into Sunday's game against the Vikings, Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press reports.

Analysis: Hodge's non-COVID illness kept him from practicing Wednesday and limited his participation Thursday, but he was feeling better Friday and went through a full practice. He'll occupy his usual depth role in Detroit's receiving corps against the Vikings in Week 13.

Dec 3, 2021 12:09 PM EST

Limited Thursday

Hodge (illness) was limited in Thursday's practice.

Analysis: This is a step up for Hodge, who was unable to practice Wednesday as the Lions prepare to face Minnesota on Sunday. Hodge has just six catches this season as a depth piece in the Lions' putrid passing attack.

Dec 2, 2021 1:06 PM EST

Catchless against Eagles

Hodge was targeted twice but he did not record a catch during Sunday's 44-6 loss to the Eagles.

Analysis: Hodge continues to serve in a complementary role on one of the worst offenses in the league. He'll remain a fantasy afterthought once Detroit returns from its Week 9 bye.

Oct 31, 2021 7:11 PM EST

Little output against Rams

Hodge secured his only target for three yards during Sunday's 28-19 loss to the Rams.

Analysis: Hodge and Geronimo Allison clearly ran behind Kalif Raymond and Amon-Ra St. Brown, but Raymond was the only one to see more than two targets. Even with Quintez Cephus (collarbone) and Tyrell Williams (concussion) on IR, Hodge remains a long shot to become a consistent fantasy contributor in practically any format.

Oct 25, 2021 8:57 AM EST

Snags go-ahead two-point conversion

Hodge caught one of five targets for 17 yards plus one two-point conversion during Sunday's 19-17 loss to Minnesota.

Analysis: Hodge wasn't able to do much with the bump in targets he saw with Quintez Cephus (shoulder) sidelined, but he made up for it with a reception on a go-ahead two-point conversion with under a minute remaining. If Cephus misses time and Tyrell Williams (concussion) remains sidelined, Hodge could be a bigger part of the rotation in Week 6 against the Bengals.

Oct 10, 2021 8:33 PM EST

Snags another pass

Hodge secured his only target for 13 yards during Sunday's 24-14 loss to Chicago.

Analysis: Hodge saw most of his playing time on special teams and is nothing more than a depth option at wide receiver.

Oct 3, 2021 3:35 PM EST

Catches one pass

Hodge caught one pass for nine yards during Sunday's 19-17 loss to the Ravens.

Analysis: Hodge only saw five offensive snaps compared to 18 on special teams, where he operated as a gunner now that Bobby Price is taking on an expanded role defensively. Most of Hodge's value will continue to come on special teams and it's unlikely that will change unless more receivers join Tyrell Williams (concussion) on the injury report.

Sep 27, 2021 10:23 AM EST

No snaps on offense

Hodge logged 14 snaps on special teams during Monday's 35-17 loss to Green Bay.

Analysis: After being a healthy scratch in Week 1, Hodge was active Monday but he didn't see any snaps on offense despite the absence of Tyrell Williams (concussion).

Sep 21, 2021 9:17 AM EST

Healthy scratch Week 1

Hodge is inactive for Sunday's game against the 49ers, Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press reports.

Analysis: The Lions thought enough of Hodge to put in a waiver claim for him when Cleveland cut him loose at the conclusion of the preseason, but the 26-year-old will open the season behind starters Tyrell Williams, Amon-Ra St. Brown and Kalif Raymond and backups Quintez Cephus and Trinity Benson on the depth chart at receiver. Even on the occasions he's active this season, Hodge is unlikely to be a high-priority option in the passing game.

Sep 12, 2021 9:16 AM EST

Claimed by Detroit

The Loins claimed Hodge off waivers Wednesday, Mary Kay Cabot of The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.

Analysis: Hodge was Cleveland's No. 3 receiver for part of last season and now finds himself on arguably the weakest WR depth chart in the league. Of course, he was waived for a reason, and he's caught only 17 passes in 39 regular-season games. Hodge most likely will be backup and special teams player, even with the receiver-needy Lions.

Sep 1, 2021 9:31 AM EST

Let go by Cleveland

Hodge has been waived by the Brown, Scott Petrak of the Elyria Chronicle-Telegram reports.

Analysis: Hodge is the odd man out after falling behind Donovan Peoples-Jones, Rashard Higgins and rookie Anthony Schwartz in the team's wideout mix behind Odell Beckham and Jarvis Landry. The report notes that the Browns hope to bring Hodge back to their practice squad if he clears waivers.

Aug 31, 2021 8:55 AM EST

Scores for second straight week

Hodge caught two of three targets for 42 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 19-10 win over the Falcons in preseason Week 3.

Analysis: Hodge is perceived to be on the bubble, but he scored touchdowns in each of the final two preseason games. Last week, he made a contested catch on fourth down in the red zone from backup quarterback Case Keenum, then Sunday he and starting quarterback Baker Mayfield hooked up on a 22-yarder on the team's second drive. Hodge's special-teams credentials are hard to ignore, but there five receivers ahead of him in the mix. Rashard Higgins (leg) remains dinged up, and rookie Anthony Schwartz had just five practices during preseason, so there could be an opportunity for him to start the regular season on the 53-man roster.

Aug 30, 2021 5:39 AM EST

Scores in win

Hodge caught two of four targets for 21 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 17-13 preseason win over the Giants.

Analysis: Hodge opened the scoring with a seven-yard touchdown grab in the first quarter, helping his case to earn Cleveland's fifth receiver job behind Odell Beckham, Jarvis Landry, Rashard Higgins and Donovan Peoples-Jones. He'll hope to close out the preseason well with another good showing next Sunday versus the Falcons.

Aug 22, 2021 2:18 PM EST

Set to sign contract tender

Hodge will sign his contract tender from the Browns on Wednesday, Jake Trotter of reports.

Analysis: The Browns offered Hodge a contract tender in mid-March, allowing the team to retain his rights if they match another team's offer. While he's not a huge piece of the offense, claiming just 11 passes for 180 yards on 17 targets last season, Hodge should be a valuable contributor on special teams once again.

May 26, 2021 10:36 AM EST

Offered contract tender

The Browns have offered Hodge a contact tender.

Analysis: The move puts the team in a position to retain Hodge, who is set to become a restricted free agent. The 26-year-old caught 11 passes (on 17 targets) for 180 yards in nine games last season in a depth role, while making most of his mark as one of the Browns' most valuable special-teamers.

Mar 15, 2021 9:16 AM EST

Untargeted in return

Hodge was not targeted over eight offensive snaps in Sunday's 22-17 playoff loss to the Chiefs.

Analysis: Hodge was activated off the COVID-19 list but was used more on special teams (12 snaps) than on offense. He opened the season as the clear No. 3 wideout wideout, but his usage lagged significantly behind Odell Beckham and Jarvis Landry. Then, as rookie Donovan Peoples-Jones improved when given a chance, Hodge fell further behind on the depth chart. Hodge becomes a restricted free agent during the offseason and is looking at a similar role, in which he's used heavily on special teams, if the Browns bring him back.

Jan 18, 2021 4:33 AM EST

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