Posted: 9/18/2020 6:13 am UTC
Cleveland Browns TE Austin Hooper logged two receptions (on four targets) for 22 yards in Week 2 against the Cincinnati Bengals.
Huddle Up: Cleveland signed Hooper to a four-year, $44 million deal in free agency, but through two games he remains an afterthought in the offense -- this even after David Njoku was placed on IR. Given the coaching change and lack of a traditional offseason it isn't time to panic just yet. Still, if you can stash Hooper on your bench for the time being that might be your best move.
Posted: 9/14/2020 12:38 am UTC
Cleveland Browns TE Austin Hooper registered two catches for 15 yards in his team debut in Week 1 against the Baltimore Ravens.
Huddle Up: The Cleveland offense, as a whole, had a poor afternoon, so there's not much to glean yet as far as Hooper's role going forward. It's a strange week, as the Browns are back in action Thursday for Week 2 against the Cincinnati Bengals, so we might not learn much about Hooper for a couple of games yet.
Posted: 8/26/2020 1:09 am UTC
Cleveland Browns TE Austin Hooper's offseason work with QB Baker Mayfield is evident by their chemistry on the field, according to offensive coordinator Alex Van Pelt. 'It is those unwritten, the body language things that you can't really coach and teach, and when two guys get on that same page, and it is tough to stop,' Van Pelt said.
Huddle Up: Hooper became a reliable target for Matt Ryan during his time in Atlanta, and he should slide into a similar role in Cleveland. After the top tight ends are off the board, Hooper should be one of the more dependable options among the remaining TE1 candidates.
Posted: 8/05/2020 8:20 pm UTC
Cleveland Browns TE Austin Hooper lived part of the summer with QB Baker Mayfield while the two worked out together.
Huddle Up: It certainly could help Hooper to at least be somewhat familiar with his new QB despite all the lost reps from canceled offseason programs following his signing as a free agent. Hooper is expected to be the No. 1 tight end over David Njoku and should be drafted as a top-tier option at his thin position.
Posted: 7/18/2020 2:24 am UTC
Cleveland Browns TE Austin Hooper leads all tight ends with a 77.3 percent catch rate since the start of 2017, and he dropped one pass on 97 targets last season.
Huddle Up: Hooper doesn't have the upside of the elite fantasy tight ends, but he's proven himself a dependable, low-end TE1. It should be more of the same in his first year with the Browns.
Posted: 5/26/2020 2:38 am UTC
Cleveland Browns TE Austin Hooper was not charged with a blown block on 204 rushing snaps in 2019 as a member of the Atlanta Falcons, making him one of only four tight ends to not blow a block on at least 200 rushing snaps.
Posted: 3/20/2020 11:43 pm UTC
Free-agent TE Austin Hooper (Falcons) officially signed with the Cleveland Browns Friday, March 20. Official terms of the contract were not disclosed.
Huddle Up: Hooper should receive a solid amount of targets next season and can be a No. 1 tight end in fantasy leagues.
Posted: 3/16/2020 6:15 pm UTC
Updating a previous report, free-agent TE Austin Hooper (Falcons) reportedly agreed to terms on a four-year contract worth $44 million - including $23 million guaranteed - with the Cleveland Browns on Monday, March 16.
Posted: 3/16/2020 4:40 pm UTC
Free-agent TE Austin Hooper (Falcons) reportedly agreed to terms on a contract with the Cleveland Browns on Monday, March 16, to make him the game's highest-paid tight end, according to a source.
Huddle Up: Hooper isn't the best tight end in football by a long stretch, but this report suggests the new regime has almost zero faith in David Njoku. It's not a great landing spot for him in fantasy either considering he'll have to fight Odell Beckham Jr. and Jarvis Landry for targets, but the case could be made he dealt with a similar situation with the Atlanta Falcons. Owners can continue to view Hooper as a mid-tier TE1 option in fantasy moving forward.
Posted: 3/15/2020 4:06 pm UTC
Atlanta Falcons impending free-agent TE Austin Hooper is not expected to receive interest from the Buffalo Bills this offseason, according to sources.
Huddle Up: The Bills likely will go into next season with Dawson Knox and Tyler Kroft as their top tight ends. Knox posted decent numbers last season and could be a No. 2 fantasy tight end in leagues. Fantasy players can avoid Kroft in drafts.