T.J. Hockenson

T.J. Hockenson

Tight End #38
ADP:Round: 13, Pick: 5
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: Lands on COVID-19 list

Hockenson has been placed on the Lions' reserve/COVID-19 list, Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press reports.

Analysis: Hockenson's placement on the list mans that he has either tested positive for COVID-19 or has been in close contact with an infected person. The 2019 first-rounder -- who is also bouncing back from an ankle injury -- is in line to serve as the Lions' top tight end in 2020.

July 29, 2020 2:53 PM EST

T.J. Hockenson: Getting closer to 100 percent

Lions offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell said Hockenson has resumed running routes, but the tight end's right ankle may not be 100 percent, Chris Burke of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Hockenson had a star crossed rookie season. After reeling off 131 yards and a TD on six catches Week 1 against the Cardinals, he surpassed 50 yards just one time in his 11 other appearances, finishing with a 32-367-2 line on 59 targets. Injuries limited him along the way, including a concussion, shoulder issue and ankle concern, the latter of which resulted in his placement on IR on Dec. 2. The Lions never confirmed whether Hockenson underwent surgery, but he was seen on a scooter in late December, indicating he had some sort of procedure. Bevell added Hockenson is "well on his way to being there," so he likely will be out there once the Lions reconvene for training camp.

June 17, 2020 11:47 AM EST

T.J. Hockenson: Recovering from ankle injury

Hockenson (ankle) was still using a scooter to get around in late December, Michael Rothstein of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: There hasn't been any substantiative update on Hockenson's recovery from the season-ending ankle injury he suffered in late November. His continued use of a scooter a full month later suggests he had surgery, but neither player nor team has provided confirmation. The eighth overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft finished his rookie season with 32 catches for 367 yards and two touchdowns in 12 games, struggling to make an impact after his 6-131-1 explosion Week 1 at Arizona. Hockenson was limited to 4.7 yards per target after the opener, including 3.4 YPT in his four games without Matthew Stafford (back) in the lineup. Stafford and Hockenson should both have time to get healthy before Week 1 of 2020.

January 28, 2020 8:46 AM EST

T.J. Hockenson: Heading to IR

Coach Matt Patricia said the Lions will be placing Hockenson (ankle) on injured reserve, Justin Rogers of The Detroit News reports.

Analysis: Hockenson started his rookie campaign with a bang, corralling six of nine targets for 131 yards and a touchdown Week 1 at Arizona. Since then, he's contended with a concussion and right shoulder injury, but he's also topped out at 56 receiving yards (Week 9 in Oakland) and scored just one more TD (Week 4 versus the Chiefs) in the ensuing 11 contests. Near the end of the Lions' last game Thanksgiving day against the Bears, Hockenson's lower leg bent in an awkward fashion, requiring him to use a walking boot and scooter afterward. Michael Rothstein of ESPN.com clarified the injury as to Hockenson's ankle, and while the tight end will miss the rest of the season, Patricia told Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press that the Lions don't have enough info yet to know if surgery will be ordered up.

December 2, 2019 12:02 PM EST

T.J. Hockenson: Injures leg Thursday

Hockenson (leg) was wearing a walking boot and using a scooter to move about after Thursday's 24-20 loss to the Bears, Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press reports.

Analysis: Hockenson was hobbled after making his sixth and final catch of the contest. In the immediate aftermath, he was on crutches outside the locker room, per Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune. However, the Lions appear to be taking a more cautious approach with Hockenson's health due to presence of the boot and scooter. Look for the team to clarify the specific nature of his injury in due time.

November 28, 2019 2:11 PM EST

T.J. Hockenson: Suiting up Thursday

Hockenson (shoulder) is listed as active Thursday versus the Bears.

Analysis: After showing up Saturday on the practice report with a shoulder injury, Hockenson now will play two games in the span of five days. With undrafted rookie David Blough under center, Hockenson may be called upon to block more often than not against a tough Bears front seven. Moreover, Hockenson may split reps with fellow tight ends Jesse James and Logan Thomas, though the latter (a college quarterback) may be the emergency QB option due to Jeff Driskel's sore hamstring.

November 28, 2019 8:03 AM EST

T.J. Hockenson: Officially questionable

Hockenson (shoulder) is officially listed as questionable for Thursday's contest against the Bears.

Analysis: Hockenson was a full participant in Wednesday's practice, which is a good sign for his availability after being limited during the week's first two sessions. If the rookie first-round pick manages to suit up for Thanksgiving's divisional contest, he stands to split work with fellow tight ends Jesse James and Logan Thomas.

November 27, 2019 12:05 PM EST

T.J. Hockenson: Limited again Tuesday

Hockenson (shoulder) was limited at Tuesday's walkthrough, Tim Twentyman of the Lions' official site reports.

Analysis: Hockenson has maintained his activity through two injury reports this week, with Wednesday's version potentially clearing up his status for Thursday's game versus the Bears. Even if he suits up, though, he may split work with the Lions' other tight ends for a second straight contest. In this past Sunday's loss at Washington, Hockenson received 33 of 74 offensive snaps, while Jesse James handled 32 and Logan Thomas got 28.

November 26, 2019 2:31 PM EST

T.J. Hockenson: LP on practice estimate

Hockenson (shoulder) is listed as a limited participant on Monday's practice estimate, Michael Rothstein of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: Hockenson dealt with this injury leading up to Week 12's loss to the Redskins, and he appeared to be held back, logging a season-low 33 offensive snaps and his first game without a catch. Since the 22-year-old is still expected to practice this week, he doesn't appear to be in jeopardy of missing Thanksgiving Day's matchup against the Bears at this time.

November 25, 2019 2:01 PM EST

T.J. Hockenson: First game without a catch

Hockenson didn't catch either of his targets during Sunday's 19-16 loss to Washington.

Analysis: Hockenson was active for the game despite popping up on the injury report late Saturday with a shoulder injury. However, it's fair to wonder to what degree he was physically limited. Not only was this the first game he went without a catch but, the division of playing time between Hockenson (33 offensive snaps), Jesse James (32) and Logan Thomas (28) was as close as it's ever been. Especially if the rookie is playing through an injury, it'll be very hard to trust Hockenson to produce in any fashion with Jeff Driskel on track to start another game Thursday against Chicago.

November 25, 2019 11:52 AM EST

T.J. Hockenson: Suiting up Week 12

Hockenson (shoulder) is listed as active Sunday at Washington.

Analysis: In the same game in which he suffered a concussion Week 4 against the Chiefs, Hockenson fell hard on his right shoulder while attempting to hurdle a defender. He didn't miss any game action due to the Lions' ensuing bye, but his status for Sunday's game came into question Saturday, when he curiously was added to the injury report with a shoulder injury. Hockenson will be available to the offense but may yield reps to fellow tight ends Jesse James and Logan Thomas.

November 24, 2019 8:31 AM EST

T.J. Hockenson: Dealing with shoulder injury

Hockenson has a shoulder injury and is questionable for Sunday's game against the Redskins.

Analysis: The shoulder injury is a recent development as Hockenson wasn't present on the injury report all week, leaving his status for Sunday firmly up in the air. Jesse James and Logan Thomas would see increased work at tight end should Hockenson be unable to face Washington.

November 23, 2019 5:44 PM EST

T.J. Hockenson: Ties season low in catches

Hockenson caught one of two targets for six yards during Sunday's 35-27 loss to the Cowboys.

Analysis: It's interesting that Hockenson wasn't in the starting lineup even though Detroit opened the game in a two-tight-end formation, but the rookie nonetheless wound up with his second-highest snap share of the season before the final whistle. The issue for him Sunday was that he just didn't see many passes come his way, as Hockenson also finished the game having seen his second-fewest targets of the year. There's optimism for a modest bounce-back effort in Week 12 against Washington, but it's hard to imagine there being much upside for Hockenson as long as Matthew Stafford (back) is out of service.

November 18, 2019 2:16 PM EST

T.J. Hockenson: Receiving struggles continue

Hockenson caught four of six targets for 21 yards during Monday's 23-22 loss to Green Bay.

Analysis: The bright side is that Hockenson showed no signs of a concussion and he ultimately finished second on the team in targets behind Kenny Golladay (9). The flip side is that the rookie's inability to translate his usage into production was no fault but his own. Not only did Hockenson fail to extend a goal-line screen pass to the end zone early on, but he later dropped another potential touchdown in the corner of the end zone despite securing the ball all the way until he hit the ground. Fantasy owners looking for the tight end to repeat his Week 1 production probably shouldn't hold their breath when the Lions play host to a stout Vikings defense in Week 7.

October 14, 2019 9:26 PM EST

T.J. Hockenson: Out of concussion protocol

Hockenson cleared the concussion protocol, making him eligible to play Monday at Green Bay.

Analysis: The Lions indicated Hockenson was closing in on the final step of the protocol with full practices Friday and Saturday. After meeting with an independent neurologist, he'll be back just in time to take on the NFC North leaders. Unfortunately for Hockenson, he'll be facing a Packers defense that has allowed the third-fewest yards per catch (8.2) to tight ends this season.

October 13, 2019 12:16 PM EST

T.J. Hockenson: Questionable for MNF

Hockenson (concussion) is listed as questionable for Monday's game against the Packers.

Analysis: Hockenson was able to practice without limitations both Friday and Saturday, but he'll still need to be cleared by an independent neurologist before he can play Monday. This may end up being a game-time call when the inactives are released 90 minutes before Monday's 8:15 p.m. ET kickoff. If Hockenson's unable to go, Jesse James figures to be the Lions' No. 1 tight end.

October 12, 2019 1:09 PM EST

T.J. Hockenson: Practicing Saturday

Hockenson (concussion) will practice Saturday, Michael Rothstein of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: This doesn't come as a surprise, as Hockenson was listed as a full participant on Friday's estimated injury report. This doesn't, however, mean that the tight end has cleared concussion protocol. Look for confirmation on that once the Lions release their final injury report of the week, but all signs are pointing towards Hockenson suiting up Monday night.

October 12, 2019 9:34 AM EST

T.J. Hockenson: Logs full practice Friday

Hockenson (concussion) was listed as a full participant on Friday's estimated injury report, Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press reports.

Analysis: Hockenson has yet to clear the protocol for head injuries, but this development is the best sign yet that a visit to an independent neurologist is imminent. Once he gets past that final hurdle, he'll be cleared to play Monday in Green Bay. On the other hand, if he doesn't get approval to return, the Lions again will rely on Jesse James and Logan Thomas to man tight end.

October 11, 2019 1:22 PM EST

T.J. Hockenson: Trending in right direction

Head coach Matt Patricia indicated Friday morning that Hockenson (concussion) is trending toward playing in the Lions' Monday night matchup with the Packers, Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press reports.

Analysis: Hockenson still has a few steps to go in the concussion protocol, but Patricia indicated Hockenson has been able to take part in all drills at practice, which indicates the Lions are preparing as if he will play Monday night. Hockenson's status for Week 6 will not be officially revealed until Saturday, and a final call on his availability may not come until after that, but fantasy players have reason to believe he will be good to go coming out of the Lions' Week 5 bye.

October 11, 2019 8:36 AM EST

T.J. Hockenson: Gets limited tag in practice

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

Analysis: Hockenson was also on the practice field for the Lions' unofficial session Wednesday, but his limited listing Thursday indicates that he remains in the NFL's concussion protocol coming off a bye week. He'll need to receive clearance from an independent neurologist within the next few days if he hopes to suit up Monday night in Green Bay.

October 10, 2019 1:29 PM EST

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