T.J. Hockenson
T.J. Hockenson
23-Year-Old Tight EndTE
Detroit Lions
2020 Fantasy Outlook
Hockenson came off the board eighth overall in the 2019 draft, the earliest a tight end had been selected since Vernon Davis in 2006. The Iowa product quickly justified the selection with 131 yards Week 1 at Arizona, but it turned out the trend he started was tight ends posting big numbers against the Cardinals, rather than his own consistent success. The rookie never had more than 56 yards in a game the rest of the season, seemingly held back by both injuries and his own struggles separating from coverage. On a more positive note, Hockenson's 6.3 YAC average was seventh among TEs, and a 3.4 percent drop rate was good for 12th. Plus, he shouldn't have much trouble creating separation once he sharpens his routes, considering his numbers from the 2019 combine - including a 4.70 40 and 37.5-inch vertical at 251 pounds - equate to an 88th percentile SPARQ score. Of course, the impressive athleticism didn't matter when Hockenson was stuck on the sideline, first suffering a concussion, then a shoulder injury and finally a season-ending ankle injury Week 13. He has the talent, pedigree and solid QB play to make waves with a second-year breakout, but Hockenson also faces steady target competition from a strong wideout group in Detroit, and the rehab process could impact his offseason preparation. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a four-year, $19.82 million contract with the Lions in May of 2019.
Quiet in season-ending loss
TEDetroit Lions
January 3, 2021
Hockenson caught three of three targets for 25 yards during Sunday's 37-35 loss to Minnesota.
ANALYSIS
Hockenson's numbers are a little disappointing given the mouthwatering matchup, but he still tied for third on the team in targets on a day during which Marvin Jones stole the show with eight catches for 180 yards and two scores on 11 looks. Hockenson will now turn the page on a highly successful sophomore campaign that saw the 2019 first-round pick grab 67 receptions for 723 yards and six touchdowns in 15 games after recording 32 catches for 367 yards and two scores in 12 games as a rookie. While Hockenson has yet to flash the upside that makes Travis Kelce and George Kittle such valuable fantasy assets at the tight end position, the sky is the limit for the 23-year-old who will be going to his first Pro Bowl this winter.
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How do T.J. Hockenson's 2020 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
43.6
 
Air Yards Per Snap
0.91
 
% Team Air Yards
14.3%
 
% Team Targets
17.9%
 
Avg Depth of Target
6.9 Yds
 
Catch Rate
66.3%
 
Drop Rate
5.9%
 
Avg Yds After Catch
5.0
 
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How often does T.J. Hockenson run a route when on the field for a pass play?
This data will let you see how T.J. Hockenson and the other tight ends for the Lions 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.
T.J. Hockenson
460 routes   101 targets
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89%
13 routes   3 targets
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151 routes   22 targets
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2020 T.J. Hockenson Split Stats
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Measurables Review View College Player Page
How do T.J. Hockenson'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' 5"
 
Weight
250 lbs
 
40-Yard Dash
4.70 sec
 
Shuttle Time
4.18 sec
 
Cone Drill
7.02 sec
 
Vertical Jump
37.5 in
 
Broad Jump
123 in
 
Bench Press
17 reps
 
Hand Length
9.50 in
 
Arm Length
32.25 in
 
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2019 Fantasy Outlook
The Lions whiffed when they used the No. 10 pick on Eric Ebron five years ago, but they took a similar swing this spring, tabbing Hockenson with the No. 8 selection. Hockenson won the Mackey Award as a redshirt sophomore, showing better hands and blocking chops than his physically gifted Iowa teammate and fellow first-round pick, Noah Fant. And then Hocksenson's stock improved at the combine, where he turned the drill list into his own personal edition of the Superstars, finishing top-two among TEs in the vertical jump (37.5 inches), broad jump (123 in.), three-cone drill (7.02 seconds) and short shuttle (4.18 sec.). His 4.70 time in the 40-yard dash, while comparatively unimpressive, was more than sufficient for a 251-pound player. Just keep in mind that tight end is the hardest skill position for rookies to make an immediate impact, and Hockenson will need to battle Jesse James for snaps this summer. Go crazy in keeper and dynasty drafts, but try to keep your cleats on the ground in redraft leagues.
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Quiet after Stafford injury
TEDetroit Lions
December 26, 2020
Hockenson caught four of six targets for 23 yards in Saturday's 47-7 loss to the Buccaneers.
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Fumbles on final drive
TEDetroit Lions
December 20, 2020
Hockenson caught two of four targets for 18 yards and carried once for no yards with one fumble during Sunday's 46-25 loss to Tennessee.
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Season-high 11 targets
TEDetroit Lions
December 14, 2020
Hockenson caught six of 11 targets for 43 yards and one touchdown during Sunday's 31-24 loss to Green Bay.
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Reels in seven passes
TEDetroit Lions
December 6, 2020
Hockenson caught seven of his nine targets for 84 yards during Sunday's 34-30 win against the Bears.
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Leading receiver in loss
TEDetroit Lions
November 26, 2020
Hockenson caught five of eight targets for 89 yards in Thursday's 41-25 loss to the Texans.
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