T.J. Hockenson

Detroit Lions
Tight End #38
Detroit Lions
Tight End #38
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T.J. Hockenson News

Snags another touchdown

Hockenson caught four of eight targets for 49 yards and one touchdown during Sunday's 29-27 win over Minnesota.

Analysis: Hockenson found the painted area for the second straight week as his up-and-down usage continues. Through 12 games, the tight end has seen eight or more targets eight times while seeing three or less targets in the remaining four games. Thankfully, this week brought with it the former and Hockenson used it to come through with a strong stat line. However, if D'Andre Swift (shoulder) remains sidelined in Week 14, fantasy managers will need to cross their fingers he doesn't get schemed out of the game plan by a decent Denver secondary.

Dec 5, 2021 3:32 PM EST


Snags Thanksgiving touchdown

Hockenson secured three of three targets for 35 yards and one touchdown during Thursday's 16-14 loss to Chicago.

Analysis: Not only entering the week outside the top 60 players in terms of red-zone targets, Hockenson has now seen eight or more targets seven times while logging three or less targets in the other four outings. While this up-and-down usage has occasionally been a death sentence for his fantasy output, the Iowa product managed to overcome his minimal usage Thursday by snagging a 17-yard score in the third quarter. However, that was just his second touchdown since Week 2, and it may be difficult to build upon this performance in Week 13 against a Vikings defense that has allowed the fewest fantasy points to tight ends in 2021.

Nov 25, 2021 2:21 PM EST



Bounces back with six receptions

Hockenson recorded six receptions on eight targets for 51 yards in Sunday's 13-10 loss to the Browns.

Analysis: After failing to find the stat sheet against Pittsburgh in Week 10, Hockenson bounced back to record at least six receptions for the fourth time in his last five games. His biggest gain of the day came late in the fourth quarter on a 24-yard reception, though the drive ultimately stalled and concluded in a punt. While he was otherwise limited to short-area catches, Hockenson has now topped 50 yards in five contests this season heading into a Week 12 matchup against the Bears.

Nov 21, 2021 2:45 PM EST


Blanked by Steelers

Hockenson was targeted once but he did not record a catch during Sunday's 16-16 tie with the Steelers.

Analysis: It is not believed that Hockenson was dealing with any sort of injury. Instead, it seemed like he was yet again victim to Detroit's Jared Goff-led passing attack that generated 114 yards on the day. Since Hockenson entered the week averaging eight targets per game with 31 targets in his previous three games, fantasy managers should expect some sort of rebound in Week 11 against Cleveland, but this outing should be a reminder that the floor for even Goff's best pass catchers is apparently zero in any given week.

Nov 14, 2021 7:03 PM EST


Snags double-digit receptions

Hockenson caught 10 of 11 targets for 89 yards during Sunday's 44-6 loss to the Eagles.

Analysis: Seeing more than double the number of targets as the next closest player on the team, Hockenson was the only avenue through which the Lions were able to find success. However, through eight games, the tight end has now seen at least eight targets six times, which is a claim that only one other tight end in the NFL (Travis Kelce) can make. While Hockenson won't have Kelce's upside as long as Jared Goff is throwing him the ball, his usage rate is elite and it's likely that Hockenson is just approaching his physical peak. The No. 8 pick of the 2019 NFL Draft will remain a top fantasy option when the Lions return from their Week 9 bye.

Oct 31, 2021 2:08 PM EST



Cleared for Week 8

Hockenson (ankle/knee) doesn't have an injury designation for Sunday's game against the Eagles.

Analysis: Despite being listed on the injury report for much of the season, Hockenson has played at least 80 percent of snaps on offense in every game, with his 53 targets narrowly topping D'Andre Swift's 52 for the team lead. The third-year tight end should be a big part of Detroit's gameplan this Sunday against a slumping Philadelphia defense.

Oct 29, 2021 12:42 PM EST


Remains limited at practice

Hockenson (ankle/knee) was limited at Thursday's practice, Tim Twentyman of the Lions' official site

Analysis: Despite a rotating cast of Lions wide receivers, Hockenson hasn't been incredibly efficient with his workload, with his 53 targets going at a clip of 6.8 YPT. He's also reached the end zone just twice in seven games. Assuming he puts his ankle and knee injuries behind him ahead of Sunday's game, Hockenson will look to exploit an Eagles defense that has given up the second-most catches (46, tied with the Ravens) to tight ends this season.

Oct 28, 2021 1:58 PM EST


Dealing with ankle, knee injuries

Hockenson (ankle/knee) practiced in a limited fashion Wednesday.

Analysis: Hockenson has been saddled with a knee injury for most of October, and now an ankle issue has reared its head on the practice report. In three games dealing with the former, he compiled a modest 16-144-0 receiving line on 23 targets. Hockenson again will look to ditch the designations before Sunday's 1:00 p.m. ET kickoff against the Eagles, if not by the release of the Lions' final Week 8 injury report Friday.

Oct 27, 2021 2:16 PM EST


Busy but inefficient

Hockenson (knee) caught six receptions for 48 yards on nine targets against the Rams on Sunday.

Analysis: The Rams were well aware that the Lions would try to feed Hockenson in this one and prepared accordingly, including setting elite corner against Hockenson at times. Although Hockenson's efficiency was lacking Sunday and the struggles of quarterback Jared Goff might make that an ongoing risk, the nine-target usage for Hockenson is rather encouraging. It wasn't an easy matchup for Hockenson, yet the ball headed his way often. He'll face the Eagles in Week 8.

Oct 24, 2021 4:58 PM EST


Playing Sunday

Hockenson (knee) is listed as active Sunday versus the Rams in L.A.

Analysis: For a third straight week, Hockenson is gutting out a knee injury on game day. On the first two contests, he hauled in 10 of 14 targets for 96 yards. Another semi-fruitful outing could be on tap against a Rams defense that has given up the ninth-most yards (364, tied with the Cowboys) to tight ends this season.

Oct 24, 2021 11:48 AM EST


Listed as questionable

Hockenson (knee) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Rams.

Analysis: The tight end logged limited practices Thursday and Friday after sitting out Wednesday's session. He'll likely continue playing through his knee injury, this time in a tough matchup with the stellar Rams defense.

Oct 22, 2021 1:04 PM EST


Limited in return to practice

Hockenson (knee) was a limited participant in Thursday's practice, Tim Twentyman of the Lions' official site reports.

Analysis: Hockenson was withheld from the Lions' first Week 7 practice Wednesday, but his return to the field Thursday in a limited capacity suggests his absence from the field a day earlier may have been mostly for maintenance purposes. Hockenson may need to practice fully Friday to avoid carrying a questionable designation into Sunday's game against the Rams, but regardless, he appears on track to play this weekend.

Oct 21, 2021 1:19 PM EST


Back at practice

Hockenson (knee) returned to practice Thursday, Tim Twentyman of the Lions' official site reports.

Analysis: Hockenson didn't participate in Wednesday's practice, but the tight end's return for Thursday's session bodes well for his chances of suiting up for Sunday's contest against the Rams. That said, it wouldn't surprise us to see Hockenson listed as questionable come Friday, as he was in advance of Week 6 action, before suiting suiting up this past Sunday against the Bengals, en route to catching eight of his 11 targets for 74 yards.

Oct 21, 2021 10:14 AM EST


Sits out practice

Hockenson (knee) didn't participate in Wednesday's practice.

Analysis: The Lions haven't suggested that Hockenson suffered any sort of setback with his lingering knee injury coming out of the team's Week 6 loss to the Bengals, so his absence from Wednesday's session may have been for maintenance purposes more than anything. Though he failed to find the end zone for the fourth straight game last week, Hockenson tied his season high with 11 targets and caught eight balls for 74 yards.

Oct 20, 2021 1:02 PM EST


Back to double-digit targets

Hockenson caught eight of 11 targets for 74 yards during Sunday's 34-11 loss to the Bengals.

Analysis: Hockenson was the only reasonably productive member of the Lions offense before the game turned into a total blowout. After a number of duds the past few weeks, this output has to be a welcomed sight for fantasy managers, especially in PPR formats. While Hockenson's efficiency could be volatile from week to week as long as he's attached to Jared Goff, we can at least expect the Lions' incompetent defense to continue to force the offense into passing situations, which should allow Hockenson to continue adding to his team-leading 44 targets through six weeks.

Oct 17, 2021 2:23 PM EST


Playing Sunday

Hockenson (knee) is active for Sunday's game against the Bengals.

Analysis: For the second straight contest, Hockenson is coming off a week in which his practice reps were capped by a knee issue. Still, he logged 81 percent of the offensive snaps last Sunday at Minnesota, which is in the realm of his usual workload (81-93 percent on any given game this season). Hockenson has been relatively quiet since reaching the end zone in Weeks 1 and 2, and he may have a tough time producing Sunday versus a Cincy defense that has allowed just 30.6 receiving yards per game to tight ends this season.

Oct 17, 2021 8:36 AM EST


Expected to play against Bengals

Hockenson (knee), who is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Bengals, is expected to play, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Analysis: Hockenson played through the same injury last week and handled an 81 percent snap share against Minnesota. Limited practices Thursday and Friday put him on track to play again, with the Lions and Bengals kicking off at 1:00 p.m. ET on Sunday.

Oct 16, 2021 11:09 PM EST


Officially listed as questionable

Hockenson (knee) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Bengals, Tim Twentyman of the Lions' official site reports.

Analysis: Hockenson played through the same injury last week and handled 81 percent snap share against Minnesota, though he finished with only two catches for 22 yards on three targets. Limited practices Thursday and Friday put him on track to play again, with the Lions and Bengals kicking off at 1:00 ET.

Oct 15, 2021 12:17 PM EST


Puts in limited practice

Hockenson (knee) was a limited participant in Thursday's practice, Tim Twentyman of the Lions' official site reports.

Analysis: Hockenson is managing the knee injury for the second week in a row, but the Lions haven't provided any indication that he suffered a setback coming out of Sunday's loss to the Vikings. Though he was held to just 22 yards on two receptions in the contest and then didn't practice Wednesday, Hockenson's return to the field Thursday likely puts him on pace to play this weekend against Cincinnati. However, Hockenson may need to upgrade to full activity Friday to avoid taking a questionable tag into the matchup.

Oct 14, 2021 1:08 PM EST


Back at practice

Hockenson (knee) was present for Thursday's practice, Chris Burke of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: It remains to be seen how the Lions list the tight end's participation level, but Hockenson's return to the field, in any capacity, represents a positive indicator with regard to his Week 6 status. Last week, Hockenson also followed a Wednesday DNP with a return to practice Thursday before being listed as questionable for this past Sunday's game against the Vikings, which he ended up suiting up for. That pattern could well be repeated in advance of this weekend's game against the Bengals.

Oct 14, 2021 10:22 AM EST


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