So sitting back and evaluating everyone's comments. Some still think it's a 'need'. But some wouldn't use the word 'need'. And others don't understand the thought process of going after another TE.
But this is what I'm getting so far, and I'll give a rebuttle to the certain who reflect the same thing.
• People think it's a need, because Hooper didn't put up gaudy numbers. And think he's not getting open enough, and the drops don't help.
~ What I would say to that is Hooper put up numbers around what others veterans have put up. Hoopers not our No. 1 option. He's No 3 at most. But he's 23 years old as other posters have said. He didn't have that many drops to the contrary. It seems like a lot because everyone had drops last year. The Falcons lead the league in drops(28). The tip ball int in the redzone was bad but every player I think had there fill of that. Considering Ryan had 7+ off the receivers hand ints.
• People wouldn't use the word 'need'. They just want another weapon, or think Hooper isn't good enough because of the things listed above like numbers. Or decent isn't enough.
~ So we have Toilolo which people hate but is the best blocking TE in the league by my accounts. Who catches often enough. Even if fans and Matt at one time doesn't trust him enough (we all saw the play in the division round). And we have Hooper is 23 who put up average numbers considering he's not a top target for this team. And considering again that the offense was down you have to see everything in context. Our offense was a average offense this year. And everyone put up average or above average numbers. We can't take on contracts to stunt Hoppers growth. And we have others guys also. Yeah they didn't get on the field or make any plays but is that thier fault or the offense as a whole. Me personally are going with the latter.
And another think think people doesn't realize. The league is one of copy cats and adjustments. TE's aren't dominating like they use to because the league has adjusted and gotten better at covering TE's. Even Gronk is a shell of himself when healthy because the league has adjusted. They had to. Every team for awhile ran 12 & 13 personnel. And the league adjusted. Just like the league adjusted to the Wildcat, and QB options, and next year it will be copycated and adjusted to 'RPO's. And any other type of play calling.
If Hooper had the targets on other teams he would have guady numbers. Anyone who played fantasy football would know how TE's have been for the last couple of years. It's not great. Now I'm not saying fantasy football has any corilation to real football. But it can tell a bit of the story for some positions. And having someone try to replace someone who's 23, doing what veterans are doing in this new climate of teams adjustment to TE coverage is ridiculous in my opinion.
• As for the others like me who don't understand why like me. I understand where people are coming as should others like me should if you read the comments posted by people in this post. And also this summary I've gathered. But you got to look at the entire thing. Sometimes you have to step back to see the entire picture before commenting on a fix.
(I wanted to post and give others credit for certain comments and good points from different posters and put in the summary I gathered. But I'm too lazy to do that. Sorry and thinks to people anyhow.)
I would like to thank the people who were willing to tell me their opinions on why you TE is a need or not a need. Or wouldn't use the word need. If I miss any points or if anyone wants to respond to the summary I've gathered. I'll respond to it and not take a seat back this time.