Hayden Hurst
Hayden Hurst
28-Year-Old Tight EndTE
Atlanta Falcons
2021 Fantasy Outlook
Hurst's big chance may have slipped right through his hands, as the Falcons used the fourth overall pick in this year's draft on TE Kyle Pitts a year after sending the Ravens a second-rounder for Hurst. A first-round pick (2018) himself, Hurst is a former minor league baseball player who took his first NFL snap at age 25. He ran a 4.67 40 at 250 pounds, but he's never quite shown playmaking skills to match the measurables. Last year, he switched from a reserve role in Baltimore's run-heavy offense to a starting job in Atlanta's pass-happy attack, finishing TE9 in fantasy points and TE15 in points per game. While the Falcons figure to use multi-TE sets more often under new coach Arthur Smith, it's hard to envision Hurst breaking out while sharing an offense with Pitts, who will steal snaps in clear passing situations, if nothing else. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a four-year, $11.04 million contract with the Ravens in June of 2018.
Splits with Pitts
TEAtlanta Falcons
September 13, 2021
Hurst caught four of eight targets for 28 yards in Sunday's 32-6 loss to the Eagles.
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Hurst posted a similar stat line to rookie fourth overall pick Kyle Pitts, despite significantly less volume, as Pitts finished with four catches for 31 yards on eight targets in his NFL debut. Atlanta frequently employed two tight ends in the formation, as both Hurst (43 of 72) and Pitts (49 of 72) were on the field for at least 60 percent of the team's offensive snaps, suggesting there's a role for both guys in the offense moving forward.
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How do Hayden Hurst's 2021 advanced stats compare to other tight ends?
This section compares his advanced stats with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average. The longer the bar, the better it is for the player.
  • Air Yards Per Game
    The number of air yards he is averaging per game. Air yards measure how far the ball was thrown downfield for both complete and incomplete passes. Air yards are recorded as a negative value when the pass is targeted behind the line of scrimmage. All air yards data is from Sports Info Solutions and does not include throwaways as targeted passes.
  • Air Yards Per Snap
    The number of air yards he is averaging per offensive snap.
  • % Team Air Yards
    The percentage of the team's total air yards he accounts for.
  • % Team Targets
    The percentage of the team's total targets he accounts for.
  • Avg Depth of Target
    Also known as aDOT, this stat measures the average distance down field he is being targeted at.
  • Catch Rate
    The number of catches made divided by the number of times he was targeted by the quarterback.
  • Drop Rate
    The number of passes he dropped divided by the number of times he was targeted by the quarterback.
  • Avg Yds After Catch
    The number of yards he gains after the catch on his receptions.
Air Yards Per Game
4.0
 
Air Yards Per Snap
0.19
 
% Team Air Yards
4.6%
 
% Team Targets
12.1%
 
Avg Depth of Target
2.0 Yds
 
Catch Rate
100.0%
 
Drop Rate
0.0%
 
Avg Yds After Catch
5.0
 
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Snap Distribution / Depth Chart
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How often does Hayden Hurst run a route when on the field for a pass play?
This data will let you see how Hayden Hurst and the other tight ends for the Falcons are being used. Some tight ends may have a lot of snaps, but they're not that useful for fantasy purposes because they're not actually running routes. This data will help you see when this is the case.
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Overall QB Rating Against
83.9
 
Cornerbacks
77.4
 
Safeties
47.9
 
Linebackers
97.2
 
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Measurables Review View College Player Page
How do Hayden Hurst's measurables compare to other tight ends?
This section compares his draft workout metrics with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average.
Height
6' 4"
 
Weight
260 lbs
 
40-Yard Dash
4.67 sec
 
Shuttle Time
4.37 sec
 
Cone Drill
7.19 sec
 
Vertical Jump
31.5 in
 
Broad Jump
120 in
 
Hand Length
9.75 in
 
Arm Length
32.13 in
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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Nobody would blame Hurst for being impatient, considering he was 25 when he played his first NFL game, heading to Baltimore in 2018 as a first-round pick after he wiped out as a minor league baseball player and remade himself as an SEC tight end. The Ravens were fortunate enough to pick up Lamar Jackson and Mark Andrews in the same draft, which meant Hurst spent his first two NFL seasons operating as the No. 3 tight end in a run-heavy offense. His big chance lies ahead in Year 3, following an offseason trade that saw the Falcons surrender a second-round pick for the TE with 4.67 speed. At 6-4, 245, Hurst figures to take over the same starting role that led Austin Hooper to 7.5 targets per game last year, considering the other candidates for playing time are 2018 UDFA Jaeden Graham and XFL star Khari Lee. Wideouts Julio Jones and Calvin Ridley could account for about 300 targets, but running back Todd Gurley is the only other proven commodity as a pass catcher, and it's not even clear he's still an asset. In any case, there should be enough volume to go around, as the combination of poor defense and solid QB play from Matt Ryan has allowed the Falcons to eclipse 4,500 team receiving yards seven times in the last eight seasons. Long story short - the opportunity is everything Hurst could have asked for.
The first-round pick missed all of September recovering from a stress fracture in his foot, then spent the rest of his rookie year playing second fiddle to fellow rookie Mark Andrews (a third-round selection) in the Baltimore passing attack. Hurst said he's back to full strength after getting a screw removed from his foot this offseason, but he'll face tough competition for snaps from Andrews and Nick Boyle. There was some thought the Ravens would let Boyle leave to open snaps for Hurst, but the team instead handed its veteran blocking specialist a three-year, $18 million contract. Given the competition for playing time as well as the run-first nature of Baltimore's offense, Hurst is staring down a tricky path to fantasy relevance. It probably doesn't help that he's unusually old for a second-year player, turning 26 before the season starts.
Some people collect trading cards, some people collect antique furniture, some people collect bottle caps or rubber bands. The Ravens, they collect tight ends. Hurst was the 25th overall pick in this year's draft, and then the club came back with Mark Andrews in the third round. Nick Boyle and Maxx Williams are also on the roster. Ozzie Newsome, are you sure you don't want to take some practice reps? Hurst is unusually old for a rookie - he turns 25 in August - and he only had three TDs on 100 catches at South Carolina. It's hard to say if the age is a feature or a bug - could Hurst be more ready in Year 1, but possess less upside down the road? Is Joe Flacco anyone's idea of a kingmaker? Can Hurst separate himself on a crowded depth chart? Is there a reason we can't stop asking rhetorical questions? Whatever the case may be, Hurst suffered a major setback late in the preseason when a stress fracture in his foot required a procedure to insert a screw. He's unlikely to be available any sooner than Week 3.
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Makes brief preseason appearance
TEAtlanta Falcons
August 30, 2021
Hurst started and played four snaps in Sunday's preseason game against Atlanta.
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No fifth-year option
TEAtlanta Falcons
May 3, 2021
The Falcons aren't exercising the fifth-year option on Hurst's rookie contract, Jeremy Fowler of ESPN.com reports.
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Pitted against rookie
TEAtlanta Falcons
April 30, 2021
Hurst is part of an Atlanta offense that now includes TE Kyle Pitts, the fourth overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft, ESPN.com's Michael Rothstein reports.
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Secures TD to cap strong 2020
TEAtlanta Falcons
January 4, 2021
Hurst reeled in four of six targets for 28 yards and a touchdown during Sunday's 44-27 loss to the Buccaneers.
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Scores in second straight game
TEAtlanta Falcons
December 27, 2020
Hurst corralled all five of his targets for 47 yards and a touchdown during Sunday's 17-14 loss to the Chiefs.
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