Hayden Hurst

Hayden Hurst

30-Year-Old Tight EndTE
Carolina Panthers
Questionable
Injury Concussion
Est. Return 3/1/2024
2023 Fantasy Outlook
There was no outlook written for Hayden Hurst in 2023. Check out the latest news below for more on his current fantasy value.
RANKS
$Signed a three-year, $21.75 million contract with the Panthers in March of 2023.
Clears concussion protocol
TECarolina Panthers
Concussion
January 8, 2024
Hurst said Monday that he cleared concussion protocol over the weekend, David Newton of ESPN.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Hurst's season ended in Week 10 when he suffered a concussion. He'd been dealing with post-traumatic amnesia in the wake of the brain injury, but it sounds like he's back to full health. Hurst signed a three-year, $21.75 million deal with Carolina last offseason but caught just 18 passes for 184 yards and one touchdown on 32 targets in his first season with the Panthers. Improvement from 2023 first overall pick Bryce Young, and a new coaching staff, could give Hurst some sleeper appeal next year.
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How do Hayden Hurst's 2023 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.
  • % Targeted On Route
    Targets divided by total routes run. Also known as TPRR.
  • Avg Yds Per Route Run
    Receiving yards divided by total routes run. Also known as YPRR.
Air Yards Per Game
28.3
 
Air Yards Per Snap
0.87
 
% Team Air Yards
6.4%
 
% Team Targets
6.0%
 
Avg Depth of Target
8.0 Yds
 
Catch Rate
56.3%
 
Drop Rate
3.1%
 
Avg Yds After Catch
3.9
 
% Targeted On Route
15.4%
 
Avg Yds Per Route Run
0.88
 
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Snap Distribution / Depth Chart
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53449%
29327%
20919%
16415%
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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 Panthers 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.
Hayden Hurst
208 routes   32 targets
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71%
3 routes   1 target
25%
126 routes   24 targets
77%
65 routes   9 targets
31%
226 routes   32 targets
42%
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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
245 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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Hurst signed a one-year deal with the Bengals to replace C.J. Uzomah atop the depth chart after Uzomah left for the Jets in free agency. In a Cincinnati offense with Ja’Marr Chase, Tee Higgins and Tyler Boyd at wide receiver and Joe Mixon in the backfield, tight end plays an ancillary role. The team ranked 29th last season in the percentage of targets thrown to the position (13.2), and Uzomah had just 493 yards and five touchdowns. Hurst caught 56 of 88 targets for 571 yards and six touchdowns as Atlanta’s starter in 2020 but has mostly been a backup in his three other seasons, failing to eclipse 350 receiving yards or three touchdowns in any year. Baltimore’s 25th overall pick in 2018, Hurst ran a 4.67 40 but has never shown the route-running skills that would allow for steady targets in an offense with good pass catchers. He’s also old (29) for a player with only four seasons under his belt, as he played minor league baseball before college football. Still, Hurst should get plenty of playing time this year with Drew Sample as his only serious competition for snaps, and he’s in good position for per-target efficiency and regular red-zone trips.
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.
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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Officially sent to injured reserve
TECarolina Panthers
Concussion
December 15, 2023
The Panthers placed Hurst (concussion) on injured reserve Friday, Mike Kaye of The Charlotte Observer reports.
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Expected to be placed on IR
TECarolina Panthers
Concussion
December 15, 2023
The Panthers are expected to place Hurst (concussion) on injured reserve, Joe Person of The Athletic reports.
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Not practicing Thursday
TECarolina Panthers
Concussion
December 14, 2023
Hurst (concussion) was held out of Thursday's practice, Darin Gantt of the Panthers' official site reports.
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No practice Wednesday
TECarolina Panthers
Concussion
December 13, 2023
Hurst (concussion) was a non-participant at Wednesday's practice.
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Out for another week
TECarolina Panthers
Concussion
December 8, 2023
Hurst (concussion) has been ruled out for Sunday's game at New Orleans.
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