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Falcons’ Hayden Hurst itching to get some offseason work with Matt Ryan

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The Atlanta Falcons lost tight end, Austin Hooper, in NFL free agency, but they acted quickly, swinging a deal to acquire fellow tight end Hayden Hurst from the Baltimore Ravens.

Because he was sharing playing time with Mark Andrews and Nick Boyle in Baltimore, Hurst never got much of an opportunity with the Ravens. But he should be the No. 1 tight end in Atlanta, and he is already looking forward to getting in some work with Matt Ryan this offseason:

“At the drop of a hat. I would go wherever he needed me to go,” Hurst told Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com when asked if he plans on spending some time with Ryan once things concerning the coronavirus clear up. “Obviously right now, it’s hard with the travel bans. But as soon as that goes away, he can tell me to meet him in Alaska and I’d go. I want to have success. I want to help him, this team. Whatever extra work I need to do, I’m 100 percent in.’’

Hurst added that he has been working out in his garage in Jacksonville.

The 26-year-old, who played his collegiate football at the University of South Carolina, was originally selected by Baltimore in the first round (25th pick overall) of the 2018 NFL Draft.

He played in 12 games during his rookie campaign and had a limited impact, logging 13 catches for 163 yards and a touchdown. Hurst’s role increased quite a bit in 2019, as he caught 30 passes for 349 yards and a couple of scores.

Hurst will likely see considerably more targets with the Falcons, so it’s good that he is staying ready.