Former Atlanta Falcons tight end Austin Hooper took full advantage of becoming an unrestricted free agent for the first time as a NFL player this offseason. After spending the first four seasons of his professional tenure in Atlanta with the Falcons, Hooper notably landed a lucrative multi-year free agent contract with the Cleveland Browns.
Encountering a career year in what would ultimately become his final go-round with the Falcons in 2019-20, Hooper managed to cash in big time while the expectations will certainly follow him from Atlanta to Cleveland. However it remains to be seen as to whether or not he can live up to the hype upon officially joining the Browns in 2020-21.
Cleveland Browns TE Austin Hooper won’t eclipse 500 receiving yards in 2020
Although veteran tight end Austin Hooper managed to string together impressive seasons in his final two go-rounds with the Atlanta Falcons, there will only be one football on the field for the Cleveland Browns. With that being said, it is going to be difficult for Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield to get Hooper the football as much as Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan has over the course of the last several years. The Browns currently employ the likes of tight end David Njoku, wide receivers Jarvis Landry and Odell Beckham Jr. and running backs Kareem Hunt and Nick Chubb, most of which will likely take precedence over Hooper as far as the team’s offensive attack goes.
Austin Hooper won’t eclipse 50 receptions in 2020
Because the Cleveland Browns appear primed to share the football throughout the team’s offense going forward as new NFL head coach Kevin Stefanski is looking to win and win now, it is unlikely that tight end Austin Hooper will be able to receive as many targets as he did with the Atlanta Falcons. Although the Falcons do possess veteran wide receiver Julio Jones, Hooper was able to become one of the team’s few primary options with former Atlanta Devonta Freeman struggling mightily. As a result, Hooper may be able to play a larger role for the Browns in situational scenarios like in the red zone but might have some trouble earning additional targets along the way.
Austin Hooper will play in a playoff game in 2020
Despite the fact that the Cleveland Browns underwhelmed in a massive way this past season, it won’t happen again in 2020. The Browns will indeed reach the postseason in 2020 while former Atlanta Falcons tight end Austin Hooper brings some playoff experience of his own to the table. Adding yet another player who has experienced winning upon further bolstering the team’s roster during free agency this offseason, the typically lowly Browns remain in position to continually improve as the years go by.
With a ton of weapons on offense, a better offensive line and a stout defense, the Browns will manage to string together a good enough record to play in a postseason game in 2020. However, it may be tough to out-play the surging Baltimore Ravens as a wild card spot might have to do.