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Dan Quinn looks for Austin Hooper to reach “another level” in year four

Hooper has gradually improved every season in his NFL career, and Quinn expects that to continue.

By Adnan Ikic@SayWhichWay Jul 20, 2019, 3:00pm EDT

https://www.thefalcoholic.com/2019/7/20/20697904/austin-hooper-dan-quinn-expects-tight-end-to-reach-another-level-in-year-four-mike-mularkey

Austin Hooper turned himself into a key cog within Atlanta’s offense last season, serving as one of Matt Ryan’s most reliable receiving options with an 80.7% catch percentage. He excelled in his role, and parlayed his improved overall play into a Pro Bowl appearance.

Head coach Dan Quinn now expects even more from the one-time Stanford tight end turned third round draft selection in 2016, especially with former Falcons head coach Mike Mularkey at the helm as the new tight ends coach.

Hooper, the improvement just keeps getting better,” Quinn said “Now, he’s ready to go to another level, and I’m looking forward to seeing him make that growth. The addition of having Mike here, he’s done everything that Mike has asked in terms of getting him ready. That connection has been good.”

Mularkey added to the expectation of his new primary TE piece: “I think he can be that way (one of the elite tight ends in the NFL) if he continues on the path that he’s taken since his rookie year.”

For Hooper that path has consisted of yearly improvement and development, since he entered the league in 2016. Hooper has seen his number of targets, receptions, receiving yards, receiving touchdowns, and catch percentage all gradually increase on a year to year basis.

The summit of his performance thus far in his career came last season, with 71 receptions, 660 receiving yards, and four receiving touchdowns, on an 80.7% catch percentage. Those numbers don’t jump out at you on paper, but all of them are good for top 10 in the league at the TE position, with that catch percentage being first among all TEs and fourth among all NFL players.

Hooper put in some extra work with quarterback Matt Ryan before Training Camp last offseason, and you could tell that he attained an added level of trust from Ryan throughout the regular season. Hooper averaged 5.5 targets per game and provided Ryan with a 108.3 passer rating when targeted; an improvement from the 4.06 targets per game he got in 2017, which was parlayed into a 94.8 passer rating when targeted. The 88 total targets he received in 2018 was good for top 10 among all TEs in the NFL.

Hooper was also within the top 10 at his position in total air yards (452), red zone receptions (9), red zone target share (17.6%), and target separation (1.91 yards).

If he improves on these numbers in year four, another Pro Bowl selection will likely be in his near future.

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It will be a shame to lose him.  If there were not so so many weapons on this team, his numbers would be around 1,000 yards receiving and 8-10 TD’s

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It takes almost all  TEs at least 3 or 4 seasons to start playing up to their athleticism and ability. The position is brutal to learn having to know run blocking, pass protection, how to read coverages, how to run routes. 

They basically have to learn everything  an offensive tackle  needs to know, and everything a WR has to know.

There are exceptions, usually well developed 1st round picks, but even most of them take into their second seasons to blossom.

With Hooper, many here were very down on him after his second season, some even through his 3rd season until he made pro bowl.

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4 minutes ago, gazoo said:

It takes almost all  TEs at least 3 or 4 seasons to start playing up to their athleticism and ability. The position is brutal to learn having to know run blocking, pass protection, how to read coverages, how to run routes. 

They basically have to learn everything on OT needs to know, and everything a WR has to know.

There are exceptions, usually well developed 1st round picks, but even most of them take at least a year or two to put it all together in receiving and running game.

With Hooper, many here were very down on him after his second season, some even through his 3rd season until he made pro bowl.

If Saubert can make a similar jump we can start to be really dangerous in 2 TE sets.

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24 minutes ago, Brewcrew said:

If Saubert can make a similar jump we can start to be really dangerous in 2 TE sets.

...and three TE sets.

 

59 minutes ago, FalconsIn2020 said:

It may be a shame to lose him.  If there were not so so many weapons on this team, his numbers would be around 1,000 yards receiving and 8-10 TD’s

FIFY. :D

I think keeping him is a priority.

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2 hours ago, Tim Mazetti said:

This is the year.

 

The czar predicts us 3rd in the division but then says we could get back to the Sb. I’m thinking at least better than .3rd in the division. 

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11 hours ago, FalconsIn2020 said:

It will be a shame to lose him.  If there were not so so many weapons on this team, his numbers would be around 1,000 yards receiving and 8-10 TD’s

If it.comes to it we.will keep hm over Sanu. 

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4 hours ago, VTCrunkler said:

The czar predicts us 3rd in the division but then says we could get back to the Sb. I’m thinking at least better than .3rd in the division. 

Considering it.will likely.take.4 or.5 games to get going, and our divisiinal games are all in the second half.of.the.season, if we make playoffs we almost assureadly win.division and be red hot when playoffs.start

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10 hours ago, gazoo said:

It takes almost all  TEs at least 3 or 4 seasons to start playing up to their athleticism and ability. The position is brutal to learn having to know run blocking, pass protection, how to read coverages, how to run routes. 

They basically have to learn everything on OT needs to know, and everything a WR has to know.

There are exceptions, usually well developed 1st round picks, but even most of them take at least a year or two to put it all together in receiving and running game.

With Hooper, many here were very down on him after his second season, some even through his 3rd season until he made pro bowl.

Always have thought he.was.fringe pro-bowl capable. Man id he had.Sauberts speed he would be deadly

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5 hours ago, ATLSlobberKnockers said:

Considering it.will likely.take.4 or.5 games to get going, and our divisiinal games are all in the second half.of.the.season, if we make playoffs we almost assureadly win.division and be red hot when playoffs.start

He does like us vs the Vikings. Plus we get some hard games at home which will help on the first half. 

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7 hours ago, ATLSlobberKnockers said:

Considering it.will likely.take.4 or.5 games to get going, and our divisiinal games are all in the second half.of.the.season, if we make playoffs we almost assureadly win.division and be red hot when playoffs.start

Pretty much what I see, although it may just take a couple of games before we become dominant given the 5 preseason games and the veteran coaching staff that can hone down on the little aspects of each players game.

I really like this coaching staff, and offensive line coach Chris Morgan is going to have former head coach and long time offensive coordinator Mike to help our OL get clicking. Mularkey is going to be a tremendous asset in the running game, which is going to allow Keotter to focus on other areas.

Knapp has also been in NFL for decades, many as an OC, so Knapp, Mularkey, Keotter, Morgan ( all quite familiar with our stars on offense already)  will work collectively each day in camp and preseason to put this all together quicker, than say if Sark had just taken over as OC. 

I predict a couple, if not a few ugly games, even ugly wins early on that scare the fan base, then just as you said, we get this baby red hot firing on all cylinders.

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7 hours ago, ATLSlobberKnockers said:

Always have thought he.was.fringe pro-bowl capable. Man id he had.Sauberts speed he would be deadly

Hooper is so big and strong he can box defenders out and catch ball at high point. I think this year we will see a lot more of this where Hooper starts using his strength and size more in receiving game and we know how deadly accurate Ryan is when he has consistent blocking.

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