The Falcons have been trying to find a replacement for Tony Gonzalez’s production out of the tight end spot since Gonzalez retired following the 2013 season. This year, they tried to address the problem by bringing in veteran Jacob Tamme this offseason as a free agent and drafting Austin Hooper out of Stanford in the third round.
Hooper had just four catches for 98 yards in the first three weeks of the season, most of that coming in the Week 2 match-up against the Raiders (3 receptions 84 yards). In Week 4 against the Panthers, Hooper made a bigger impact with his first career touchdown catch.
That was Matt Ryan’s second touchdown toss of the game and Hooper’s first catch to give the Falcons a 24-10 lead in the third quarter.