NASHVILLE – The Titans on Monday officially agreed to terms on a one-year deal with former Browns tight end Austin Hooper.
Here's a look at six things to know about Hooper and the Titans:
(1)- Hooper (6-4, 255) was a third-round pick (81st overall) of the Atlanta Falcons in the 2016 NFL Draft. With the Falcons, Hooper was named to the Pro Bowl in 2018 and 2019. He had his best season in 2019, when he caught 75 passes for 787 yards and six touchdowns. In 2018 and 2019, Hooper combined for 146 receptions over the two seasons, a total that ranked fourth among NFL tight ends during that span.
(2)- Hooper became a free agent in 2020, and he signed with the Browns. Hooper caught 46 passes for 435 yards and four touchdowns with the Browns in 2020, and he caught 38 passes for 345 yards and three touchdowns in 2020. Hooper was released by the Browns earlier this month, which made him a free agent.
(3)- In five NFL seasons, Hooper has played in 88 games, and he's tallied 298 catches for 3,024 yards (10.2-yard average), with 23 touchdowns. He has 31 catches of 20-plus yards in his career, along with four catches of 40-plus yards. Hooper has also played in seven playoff games, and he's recorded 19 postseason receptions.
(4)- With the Titans, Hooper joins veteran tight end Geoff Swaim, who was signed earlier this month in free agency, on the roster. The Titans also have tight ends Tommy Hudson, Austin Fort, Ryan Izzo and Briley Moore on the roster. Meanwhile, tight ends Anthony Firkser and MyCole Pruitt are unrestricted free agents.
(5)- Hooper played collegiately at Stanford. Hooper played in all 13 games as a redshirt freshman in 2014, and he finished season with 40 receptions for 499 yards and two touchdowns. In 2015, Hooper had 34 receptions for 438 yards for six touchdowns. During his two-year career at Stanford, Hooper registered 74 receptions for 937 yards and eight touchdowns in 27 career games. He was a finalist for the John Mackey Award and a first-team All-Pac-12 selection.
(6)- Hooper, who went to De La Salle High School in Concord, California, helped the school win three state titles from 2012-12. His father played football at San Diego State, and his uncle played at Stanford. Also, Hooper's brother, Justin, played baseball at UCLA and was selected by the Royals in the 14th round of the 2019 MLB Draft.
Hooper was a third-round pick (81st overall) of the Atlanta Falcons in the 2016 NFL Draft. In five NFL seasons with the Falcons and Browns, Hooper has played in 88 games, and he's tallied 298 catches for 3,024 yards (10.2-yard average), with 23 touchdowns.