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Pro Football Focus: Austin Hooper was the second best rookie TE in the NFL in 2016

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Atlanta Falcons rookie tight end Austin Hooper didn’t disappoint in 2016. Hooper took on a prominent role after Jacob Tamme’s season-ending shoulder injury in week 8. He racked up 19 receptions on 27 targets, good for 271 receiving yards and 3 touchdowns. Those numbers won’t knock your socks off, but look a little deeper, because he earned the second highest grade for rookie TEs.

Going forward the Falcons are hoping Hooper can be their starter for years to come. That said, don’t be surprised if they draft a tight end in April who can compliment Hooper’s skill set.

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