T.J. Hockenson

T.J. Hockenson

Tight End #38
ADP:Round: 6, Pick: 2
Team: Detroit Lions
Ht / Wt:6'5" / 251 lb.
College:Iowa
Age:23
Born:July 3, 1997
Drafted:2019 / Rd. 1 (8)
Draft Team:DET

T.J. Hockenson: Quiet in season-ending loss

Hockenson caught three of three targets for 25 receiving yards during Sunday's 37-35 loss to Minnesota.

Analysis: Hockenson's numbers are a little disappointing given the mouthwatering matchup, but he still tied for second on the team in targets on a day where Marvin Jones stole the show with eight catches for 180 yards and two scores on 11 looks. Regardless, he will now turn the page on a highly successful sophomore campaign that saw the 2019 first-round pick grab 67 receptions for 723 yards and six touchdowns in 15 games after recording 32 catches for 367 yards and two scores in 12 games as a rookie. While Hockenson has yet to flash the upside that makes Travis Kelce and George Kittle such valuable fantasy assets at the tight end position, the sky is the limit for the 23-year-old who will be going to his first Pro Bowl this winter.

January 3, 2021 4:11 PM EST

T.J. Hockenson: Quiet after Stafford injury

Hockenson caught four of six targets for 23 yards in Saturday's 47-7 loss to the Buccaneers.

Analysis: Matthew Stafford hurt his ankle on Detroit's first drive, and the combination of Chase Daniel and David Blough guided the offense to zero points, leading to underwhelming performances from all of the team's skill position players. This was the fifth-lowest yardage total of Hockenson's breakout sophomore season, but the tight end has been held to fewer than 25 yards in consecutive games heading into next week's season finale against Minnesota.

December 26, 2020 1:24 PM EST

T.J. Hockenson: Fumbles on final drive

Hockenson caught two of four targets for 18 yards and carried once for no yards with one fumble during Sunday's 46-25 loss to Tennessee.

Analysis: After seeing 20 total targets in his first two games with Darrell Bevell as interim head coach, Hockenson was disappointingly keyed on by a Titans secondary that entered the game allowing the fourth-highest completion rate (76.8 percent) and eighth-most yards per target (8.3) to tight ends in 2020. D'Andre Swift's involvement near the goal line also played a role in Hockenson's disappointing turnout, and Hockenson also fumbled on an end around on a critical third-and-one during a potential game-tying drive in the fourth quarter. While Hockenson seemingly has a solid chance to rebound in Week 16 against a Buccaneers team allowing a league-high 79.7 percent completion rate to tight ends, fantasy managers should keep in mind the possibility for Detroit, with nothing to play for at this point, to rest quarterback Matthew Stafford for the team's final two games of the regular season.

December 20, 2020 4:42 PM EST

T.J. Hockenson: Season-high 11 targets

Hockenson caught six of 11 targets for 43 yards and one touchdown during Sunday's 31-24 loss to Green Bay.

Analysis: With Kenny Golladay (hip) still out and Detroit playing from behind most of the day, Hockenson was busy and saw a new season-high in targets. The Packers didn't let him do much with those opportunities, though, and Hockenson's touchdown came on a designed shovel pass from one yard out. While the potential absence of Matthew Stafford (ribs) in Week 15 is not good news for the young tight end, a downgrade in quarterback play isn't the end of the world for a top-shelf talent like Hockenson against a Titans defense that has given up the fourth-most yards per target to tight ends (8.1) in 2020.

December 14, 2020 7:36 AM EST

T.J. Hockenson: Reels in seven passes

Hockenson caught seven of his nine targets for 84 yards during Sunday's 34-30 win against the Bears.

Analysis: Hockenson was a vital contributor in crunch time, recording three receptions for 33 yards (on five targets) during the fourth quarter. This isn't the first occasion this season the second-year tight end has delivered in the clutch, as he also recorded a game-tying touchdown Week 7 against the Falcons as time expired in regulation. He's posted 242 receiving yards on 16 receptions over his past three games, as the Lions prepare to host the Packers in Week 14.

December 6, 2020 5:08 PM EST

T.J. Hockenson: Leading receiver in loss

Hockenson caught five of eight targets for 89 yards in Thursday's 41-25 loss to the Texans.

Analysis: While Marvin Jones caught one more ball, it was Hockenson who led Detroit in receiving yards on the afternoon. The second-year tight end has caught multiple passes in every game so far this season, and he should remain one of Matthew Stafford's main options in Week 13's road contest against the Bears.

November 26, 2020 2:07 PM EST

T.J. Hockenson: Ready to go Week 12

Hockenson (shoulder) does not carry an injury designation for Thursday's game against the Texans, Tim Twentyman of the Lions' official site reports.

Analysis: Hockenson began the week with two straight limited practices, but he managed to upgrade to a full session Wednesday. The top tight end get have the benefit of Matthew Stafford (thumb) under center Thursday, and with Kenny Golladay (hip) and Danny Amendola (hip) both ruled out he could draw increased target volume versus Houston.

November 25, 2020 1:02 PM EST

T.J. Hockenson: Limited in practice Tuesday

Hockenson (shoulder) was a limited participant in Tuesday's practice, Michael Rothstein of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: A second straight limited session to start the week signals that Hockenson should be good to go for Thursday's game against the Texans. The 23-year-old tight end posted a season-high 68 receiving yards last week against the Panthers, and he could garner a similar amount of opportunities if Kenny Golladay (hip) sits out again.

November 24, 2020 2:25 PM EST

T.J. Hockenson: Listed as limited participant

Hockenson was listed as a limited participant with a shoulder injury on Monday's practice estimation, Tim Twentyman of the Lions' official site reports.

Analysis: The 23-year-old entered Sunday's loss to Carolina with a toe injury, and he apparently picked up the shoulder issue while catching four of seven targets for a season-high 68 yards. Hockenson appears on track to be available for the Thanksgiving Day matchup with the Texans, and he could avoid an injury designation if he can put in a full practice in the next two days.

November 23, 2020 1:53 PM EST

T.J. Hockenson: New season-high in receiving yards

Hockenson caught four of seven targets for 68 yards during Sunday's 20-0 loss to the Panthers.

Analysis: On a day the Detroit offense generally struggled without each of Kenny Golladay (hip), Danny Amendola (hip) and D'Andre Swift (concussion), Hockenson managed to set a new season-high in receiving yardage. Now with at least a touchdown or 60 yards receiving in eight of 10 games this season, Hockenson has been a model of consistency at an otherwise weak fantasy position. While he's yet to display the upside he showed in the 2019 season opener when the then-rookie had 131 yards and a score against Arizona, Hockenson is set up for one of his best matchups of the season in Week 12 against a Texans defense allowing the sixth-most yards per pass attempt (7.8) in 2020.

November 22, 2020 2:06 PM EST

T.J. Hockenson: Good to go Sunday

Hockenson (toe) doesn't have an injury designation for Sunday's game in Carolina, Tim Twentyman of the Lions' official site reports.

Analysis: Hockenson has been listed with a toe injury for almost a month now, but he's still handled at least four targets and 60 percent of offensive snaps in every game this season. He figures to be a big part of the Week 11 gameplan, with Kenny Golladay (hip), Danny Amendola (hip) and D'Andre Swift (concussion) all ruled out.

November 20, 2020 1:15 PM EST

T.J. Hockenson: Remains limited

Hockenson (toe) was a limited participant in Thursday's practice.

Analysis: Hockenson's reps were capped for the second day in a row, but the Lions don't seem to have any real concern that he'll miss Sunday's game against the Panthers. If Hockenson can upgrade to full activity Friday, he'll likely avoid taking an injury designation into the weekend.

November 19, 2020 1:17 PM EST

T.J. Hockenson: Limited by toe injury

Hockenson (toe) was a limited participant in Wednesday's practice.

Analysis: Hockenson managed to play through his toe injury during last weekend's narrow win over Washington, but the issue clearly plagued him on the field. The second-year pro caught just two of four targets for 13 yards without a score, recording his worst fantasy day of the season. Detroit's receiving corps is now nursing a bounty of injuries, as Kenny Golladay (hip) was limited Wednesday while all of Matthew Stafford (thumb), Marvin Jones (knee) and Danny Amendola (hip) were held out, so it would provide the team with a notable boost if Hockenson can get fully healthy in time for Sunday's game in Carolina.

November 18, 2020 1:48 PM EST

T.J. Hockenson: Two catches against Washington

Hockenson caught two of four targets for 13 yards during Sunday's 30-27 win over Washington.

Analysis: Hockenson had been a model of consistency at a weak fantasy position all year, but he was exposed by a Washington unit that entered the game allowing the seventh-most fantasy points to tight ends. Perhaps the toe injury that popped up Thursday slowed him down, but there also seemed to be a clear Lions gameplan to feed running back D'Andre Swift and Marvin Jones ended up seeing a season-high 10 targets. Hockenson will look to rebound in Week 11 against a declining Panthers defense that is allowing the seventh-highest completion rate in 2020.

November 15, 2020 4:23 PM EST

T.J. Hockenson: Good to go Sunday

Hockenson (toe) is active for Sunday's game against Washington.

Analysis: The 2019 first-round pick was officially questionable to face the Football Team, though Rapsheet indicated in the early morning he was on track to play Week 10. Hockenson has five touchdowns through eight games and is averaging 4.3 catches and 45 yards per contest, but he could see more work in the passing game Sunday with top wideout Kenny Golladay (hip) unavailable.

November 15, 2020 8:42 AM EST

T.J. Hockenson: Expected to be active Sunday

Hockenson (toe) is expected to play Sunday against Washington, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: Hockenson -- who's scored TDs in four of his last five games, was added to the Lions' Week 10 injury report following a Thursday DNP, but was able to practice in a limited fashion Friday. Confirmation of his status will arrive before the first wave of Sunday kickoffs, with the Lions facing the Washington Football Team at 1:00 ET.

November 15, 2020 5:07 AM EST

T.J. Hockenson: Questionable after limited practice

Hockenson (toe) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against Washington, Michael Rothstein of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: Hockenson was a mid-week addition to the injury report, albeit with the same toe issue that limited his practice participation last week. He was held out of Thursday's practice entirely, before returning Friday as a limited participant. There hasn't been any suggestion the injury is serious, but fantasy managers would be wise to check back when the Lions release their inactive list approximately 90 minutes prior to the 1 ET kickoff Sunday.

November 13, 2020 12:43 PM EST

T.J. Hockenson: Toe injury surfaces

Hockenson (toe) did not practice Thursday, Tim Twentyman of the Lions' official site reports.

Analysis: Hockenson wasn't listed on Wednesday's injury report, a hint that he may have sustained his toe issue during weekly practices. The extent of his participation during Friday's session should shed light on Hockenson's chances of suiting up against Washington, but for the time being question marks surround the second-year tight end's availability. With Kenny Golladay (hip) trending in the wrong direction for Week 10, and absence on Hockenson's part could leave Detroit's pass catching corps depleted of two of its top options.

November 12, 2020 1:03 PM EST

T.J. Hockenson: Commands eight targets

Hockenson recorded five receptions on eight targets for 39 yards and a touchdown in Week 9 against the Vikings.

Analysis: Hockenson maintained an increased role in the absence of Kenny Golladay (hip), as only Danny Amendola commanded more targets. He worked close to the line of scrimmage and averaged only 7.8 yards per catch, with his longest reception of the day going for 11 yards. That was the cause of an uninspiring stat line for Hockenson until he hauled in a two-yard touchdown late in the fourth quarter from backup quarterback Chase Daniel. Hockenson has solidified his role in the Lions' offense, logging at least six targets in each of past three games. He'll look to work deeper down the field in Week 10 against Washington.

November 8, 2020 2:24 PM EST

T.J. Hockenson: Puts in full practice

Hockenson (toe) was a full participant in Thursday's practice.

Analysis: The tight end took a step up after being limited in Wednesday's session, clearing up any concern about his availability for Sunday's game in Minnesota. With at least a touchdown or 50-plus receiving yards in each of his seven games this season, Hockenson has been a consistent fantasy producer for his managers. He'll draw a juicy matchup versus a suspect Vikings pass defense this weekend, though Hockenson may have to catch passes from Chase Daniel, who would start at quarterback if Matthew Stafford isn't able to return from the reserve/COVID-19 list when first eligible Sunday.

November 5, 2020 1:13 PM EST

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