T.J. Hockenson

Minnesota Vikings
Tight End #38
Minnesota Vikings
Tight End #38

T.J. Hockenson News

One catch before rested

Hockenson caught his only target for 16 yards during Sunday's 29-13 victory versus Chicago.

Analysis: Hockenson played just 33 snaps on offense as he and fellow starters were rested in the second half. He'll have a much larger role in this week's home playoff matchup against the Giants.

Jan 9, 2023 10:40 AM EST

May not play full game

Head coach Kevin O'Connell intimated Friday that Hockenson and other key starters on offense and defense may not play the entirety of the Vikings' Week 18 game in Chicago, Joe Nelson of SI.com reports. "We've got a pretty clear cut plan with how we want to go about the whole game, but we're going to go in with the expectation of our guys going and try to get off to a good start and play good football," O'Connell said.

Analysis: Minnesota is assured no worse than the No. 3 seed in the NFC playoffs regardless of how this weekend's games transpire, but since the Vikings will need a win over the Bears plus a Cardinals win over the heavily-favored 49ers to climb to the No. 2 seed, O'Connell may not have much incentive to expose key players to an injury heading into the wild-card round. While Hockenson and all of the Vikings' other starting skill-position players look poised to play at least one series, the uncertainty of whether they'll play much beyond that makes it tough to reliably project any in Week 18 season-long or DFS lineups.

Jan 6, 2023 3:08 PM EST

Seven grabs in Sunday's loss

Hockenson caught seven of 12 targets for 59 yards in Sunday's 41-17 loss to the Packers.

Analysis: The tight end tied K.J. Osborn for the team lead in receptions on a day when the Vikings offense mostly struggled and didn't score its first touchdown until well into the fourth quarter. Hockenson has caught at least three passes in every game since being traded to Minnesota and is just 102 receiving yards short of his first career 1,000-yard campaign, but with the team having nothing to play for in Week 18 except playoff seeding, he may not see a full workload against the Bears.

Jan 1, 2023 9:13 PM EST

Finds end zone twice in career day

Hockenson caught 13 of 16 targets for 109 yards and two touchdowns in Saturday's 27-24 win over the Giants.

Analysis: The 13 grabs were a career high for the tight end, while his 100-yard performance was his first as a Viking and the third of his career. Hockenson had just a 13-143-0 line on 23 targets over his prior three games combined and won't get to face the Giants' defense every week, but he could still be productive in Week 17 against the Packers.

Dec 24, 2022 4:53 PM EST

Nine targets in OT win

Hockenson caught three of nine targets for 33 yards and also secured a two-point conversion in Saturday's 39-36 overtime win over the Colts.

Analysis: Outside of catching a game-tying two-point conversion with 2:15 to play, Hockenson didn't contribute much to Minnesota's historic comeback from a 33-point halftime deficit. The tight end has been targeted at least six times in all six of his games as a member of the Vikings, and he should continue to play a prominent role in Minnesota's high-powered offense in Week 16 against the Giants.

Dec 17, 2022 3:04 PM EST

Strong numbers versus old squad

Hockenson secured six of eight targets for 77 yards in the Vikings' 34-23 loss to the Lions on Sunday.

Analysis: Facing his old squad in the highly familiar environment of Ford Field, Hockenson finished second in receiving yards and tied for second in targets as well on the afternoon for the Vikings. The talented tight end's yardage tally was also his highest since his Week 9 Minnesota debut, and he's now recorded at least five catches in five of his first six games with Minnesota. Hockenson next takes aim at the Colts defense in a Week 15 home matchup on Saturday afternoon.

Dec 11, 2022 3:28 PM EST

Held to 33 yards

Hockenson recorded four receptions on six targets for 33 yards in Sunday's 27-22 win over the Jets.

Analysis: Hockenson tied Adam Thielen for second on the team in targets, and he now has at least six targets in every game since joining the Vikings. He accounted for a significant portion of his production with a 13-yard reception early in the fourth quarter on a drive that resulted in the game-winning touchdown. Despite the consistent opportunity, Hockenson has now racked up fewer than 50 receiving yards in four consecutive games.

Dec 4, 2022 5:09 PM EST

Finds end zone in win

Hockenson brought in five of six targets for 43 yards and a touchdown in the Vikings' 33-26 win over the Patriots on Thursday night.

Analysis: Hockenson was Kirk Cousins' top non-wideout target for the night, and he scored his first touchdown as a member of the Vikings with a one-yard grab late in the first half. Hockenson has quickly put together a robust 26-192-1 line over his first four games in Minnesota, sending him into a Week 13 home matchup versus the Jets with plenty of momentum.

Nov 24, 2022 9:13 PM EST

Struggles with drops Sunday

Hockenson caught five of nine targets for 34 yards in Sunday's 40-3 blowout loss to the Cowboys.

Analysis: Hockenson actually led the Vikings in receiving despite his meager output in an embarrassing loss. Minnesota's prized deadline acquisition struggled with drops Sunday, failing to pull in two throws that hit him in the hands on consecutive plays near the end zone. The 25-year-old is struggling to find separation in his new scheme, averaging just 7.1 YPC in three games since being traded after posting a mark of 15.2 with Detroit. Hockenson remains a premier fantasy asset due to his high target rate (9.3 targets/game with MIN). The athletic tight end is hoping to be thankful for his first touchdown as a Viking when Minnesota takes on the New England on Thanksgiving.

Nov 20, 2022 7:14 PM EST

Seeing heavy volume with Vikings

Hockenson caught seven of 10 targets for 45 yards in Sunday's 33-30 overtime win over the Bills.

Analysis: Hockenson has been targeted 19 times in two games with the Vikings, catching 16 of those for 115 yards. His steady diet of targets from Kirk Cousins has elevated Hockenson back into the upper echelon of the thin tight end position, especially in PPR formats. The former Detroit tight end will face the Cowboys in Week 11. Dallas held Hockenson to four catches for 48 yards as a member of the Lions in Week 7.

Nov 13, 2022 4:12 PM EST

Team-high catch total in debut

Hockenson brought in all nine targets for 70 yards in the Vikings' 20-17 win over the Commanders on Sunday.

Analysis: The newly acquired tight end made quite the splash in his first game in Minnesota, posting a team-high reception total while checking in second in yardage and targets to Justin Jefferson. Hockenson's robust usage and the fact he outpaced Adam Thielen by six receptions overall could signal the dawning of a new day in the Vikings offense, with head coach Kevin O'Connell apparently willing to deploy Hockenson as much more of a pass-catching asset than he did Irv Smith (ankle). Hockenson's first opportunity to build on the standout effort comes in a tough Week 10 road showdown against the Bills.

Nov 6, 2022 3:17 PM EST

Will have role against Commanders

Hockenson will be a "key part" of the Vikings' offense Sunday against the Commanders, Jeremy Fowler of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: Hockenson was traded to Minnesota on Tuesday, but he worked extra hours to get caught up on the team's game plan while preparing on a short week. Hockenson will almost certainly make his Minnesota debut Sunday, but it remains unclear exactly how much he will play. It wouldn't be a surprise to see Johnny Mundt take on a larger role as a receiver in Week 9 in the absence of Irv Smith (ankle).

Nov 5, 2022 6:46 PM EST

Dealt to Minnesota in surprise move

The Vikings acquired Hockenson from the Lions on Tuesday in exchange for a 2023 second- and fourth-round picks, a 2024 fourth-round pick and another conditional 2024 fourth-round pick, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: With top tight end Irv Smith expected to miss time with a high-ankle sprain, the 6-1 Vikings swung a deal with one of their division rivals to secure a high-quality replacement in Hockenson, who should sit atop the depth chart even after Smith returns. Hockenson had been the No. 2 option in the passing game for Detroit this season behind wideout Amon-Ra St. Brown and was off to a strong start through seven games, producing a 26-395-3 receiving line on 43 targets. He joins a similar situation in Minnesota with another alpha wideout on hand in Justin Jefferson, but it's conceivable that Hockenson could quickly challenge Adam Thielen (knee) for a role as the No. 2 target for quarterback Kirk Cousins.

Nov 1, 2022 9:32 AM EST

Team-high receiving yardage total

Hockenson secured three of four targets for 80 yards in the Lions' 31-27 loss to the Dolphins on Sunday.

Analysis: Hockenson's yardage total paced the Lions on the afternoon and was largely the result of a game-long 58-yard grab in the first quarter on a drive that culminated in a D'Andre Swift touchdown reception. Hockenson's tally through the air was also his second highest of the season, and he's recorded multiple catches in six of his first seven games. He'll aim to play an integral role once again against the Packers in a Week 9 NFC North home clash.

Oct 30, 2022 3:13 PM EST

Cleared for Sunday

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

Analysis: Neither do RB D'Andre Swift (shoulder) and WR Josh Reynolds (knee), while Amon-Ra St. Brown (concussion) is listed as questionable but tentatively expected to play. Hockenson has yet to miss a game this season despite frequently showing up on the injury report, and he's seen at least four targets in each game, albeit with 57 percent of his yardage and two of his three TDs coming in a single contest Week 4 against Seattle.

Oct 28, 2022 12:47 PM EST

Bumps up to limited Thursday

Hockenson (knee) was limited in practice Thursday.

Analysis: After kicking off Week 8 prep with no on-field activity, Hockenson bumped up to a capped session Thursday and now has one more practice to get back to full before the Lions potentially give him a designation for Sunday's game versus the Dolphins. The offense as a whole is getting healthier with No. 1 RB D'Andre Swift (ankle/shoulder) avoiding any practice limitations this week, though top WR Amon-Ra St. Brown remains in the concussion protocol. If both are able to play this weekend, Hockenson, if active, would have more room to operate underneath.

Oct 27, 2022 1:13 PM EST

Dealing with knee concern

Hockenson didn't practice Wednesday due to a knee issue.

Analysis: Hockenson previously dealt with hip and foot injuries this season, but he's been able to suit up in all six of the Lions' games, earning between 76 and 91 percent of the offensive snaps on each occasion. With a new health concern in tow, though, his status should be watched closely as the week continues to ensure he'll be available this weekend. If he's active Sunday against the Dolphins, Hockenson will be joined by top running back D'Andre Swift (ankle/shoulder) for the first time since Week 3 and likely wide receiver Amon-Ra St. Brown (concussion), who were full and limited, respectively, at Wednesday's session.

Oct 26, 2022 1:29 PM EST

Four catches against Cowboys

Hockenson caught four of five targets for 48 yards during Sunday's 24-6 loss to the Cowboys.

Analysis: Hockenson made a few nice catches, but Detroit's five total turnovers killed their most promising possessions and, ultimately, Hockenson's chances of finding the end zone. It probably didn't help him that the continued absences of D'Andre Swift (shoulder) and DJ Chark (ankle) were compounded by the loss of Amon-Ra St. Brown (concussion) in the first half. The resulting defensive focus on Hockenson seemingly led to the likes of Kalif Raymond, Brock Wright, Craig Reynolds, and Tom Kennedy seeing most of Jared Goff's pass attempts. However, with Swift and St. Brown potentially returning in Week 8 against Miami, it is possible the Detroit offense could get back on track sooner than later.

Oct 23, 2022 3:03 PM EST

Bottled up by Patriots

Hockenson caught one of four targets for six yards during Sunday's 29-0 loss to New England.

Analysis: With DJ Chark (ankle) and D'Andre Swift (shoulder) still sidelined and Amon-Ra St. Brown playing through an ankle sprain, the Patriots seemingly made sure to eliminate Hockenson from the Lions' game plan after the tight end put up prolific numbers against the Seahawks in Week 4. Hockenson was also a guilty party on at least one allowed sack from Patriots pass rusher Matthew Judon. With a Week 6 bye on deck, a Lions offense that entered the Week 5 leading the league in yards per game (436.8) will look to get back on track in Week 7 against the Cowboys.

Oct 9, 2022 2:24 PM EST

Good to go

Hockenson (hip) has no injury designation for Sunday's game against the Patriots.

Analysis: Foot and hip injuries have limited his practice participation, but Hockenson has played more than three-quarters of available snaps each week this year, and he broke out in a big way Week 4 with eight catches for 179 yards and two touchdowns in a 48-45 win over Seattle. That was with both DJ Chark (ankle) and Amon-Ra St. Brown (ankle) out of the lineup, and while Chark is ruled out for at least one more game, St. Brown is listed as questionable ahead of the 1:00 p.m. ET kickoff this Sunday.

Oct 7, 2022 1:24 PM EST

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