Browns TE Austin Hooper missed practice on Friday with an illness and has been ruled out for this weekend's game against the Bengals. Hooper doesn't have COVID, but teams aren't taking any chances with sick guys this season. Hooper's absence leaves Cleveland with TEs David Njoku and rookie Harrison Bryant. In their 3 games together this year, Njoku has 7 targets to Bryant's 5 but Bryant has run 34 pass routes to Njoku's 28. Expect these guys to share pass-catching duties this weekend, leaving them both as TE2 fliers.
Update: HC Kevin Stefanski announced that Hooper has appendicitis and is having surgery today. We'll see if he can make it back for Week 8.
Browns HC Kevin Stefanski says he plans to "grow the role" of TE Austin Hooper this season, according to Nate Ulrich of the Akron Beacon Journal. Hooper went from about 18% target share before his appendectomy last season to 15.3% after. Either of those target shares would have ranked top 9 at the position last season. Only 5 TEs cracked 18% for the year. Hooper is an easy value well into TE2 territory in current ADP.
Browns TE Austin Hooper (neck) is active for tonight's game vs. the Giants. He practiced all week, including a full workout of Friday, so the neck shouldn’t be much of an issue. Hooper has totaled just 8 catches on 11 targets over his last 4 games, though, and is just a TE2.
Browns TE Austin Hooper (neck) is listed as questionable for Sunday night's game vs. the Giants. He practiced all week, including a full workout of Friday, so expect him to play. Hooper has totaled just 8 catches on 11 targets over his last 4 games, though, and is just a TE2.
Browns TE Austin Hooper (neck) got in a limited practice on Wednesday. HC Kevin Stefanski said Hooper is "trending in right direction" to return for Sunday night's game against the Giants. He totaled just 8 catches in his last 4 games before missing last week's classic vs. Baltimore.
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