The Saints and Hoomanawanui agreed to a three-year contract Tuesday, Alex Marvez of FOX Sports reports. Hoomanawanui landed in New Orleans via a trade with the Patriots in late September, but the box score was barely impacted, aside from the occasional touchdown, over the Saints' final 12 games. In the end, he notched 11 receptions (on 16 targets) for 76 yards and three TDs, a stat line that could be elevated next season depending on the respective free agencies of tight ends Ben Watson and Josh Hill.
Hoomanawanui was not targeted in Sunday's win against the Giants. A week after catching five passes and scoring a touchdown against the Colts, Hoomanawanui was silent in a home shootout against the Giants. Instead, it was tight end Ben Watson who once again carried the receiving load, snagging nine passes for a career-high 147 yards. Hoomanawanui still played 27 of the Saints' 78 offensive snaps (35 percent), according to the New Orleans Times-Picayune, but the renown blocker is simply not much of a receiving threat.
Hoomanawanui caught five passes on five targets for 31 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's win against the Colts. Acquired in a trade with the Patriots three weeks ago, Hoomanawanui had caught only two passes in his first two games with New Orleans, prior to Sunday's breakout. Still, it's probably best not to go overboard. Hoomanawanui is a well-regarded blocker, but he has only 47 receptions in his six-year career and should likely remain on the waiver wire in most leagues.
Patriots tight ends Rob Gronkowski and Michael Hoomanawanui were fined $8,268 apiece for their roles in a brawl at the end of New England's 28-24 Super Bowl XLIX victory, according to the Everett Herald. Gronkowski was fined for participating in the brawl and Hoomanawanui's fine was for taking an opponent's helmet off of his head. Seahawks outside linebacker Bruce Irvin was fined $10,000 and defensive end Michael Bennett was fined $8,268 for their roles in the fight.
The Patriots backup pass catchers did little Week 13 against the Packers. Julian Edelman actually turned in a decent game despite dealing with an injury. He hauled in seven catches for 48 yards. Edelman missed time with a thigh injury, but was able to return to the contest. Michael Hoomanawanui caught one ball, gaining 23 yards. Timothy Wright also hauled in one pass, gaining 12 yards. The group will take on the Chargers Week 14.
|* indicates player did not play that week|
|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|2||09/18||@New York Giants||32||11.38|
|4||10/02||@San Diego Chargers||22||8.00|
|7||10/23||@Kansas City Chiefs||5||5.67|
|9||11/06||@San Francisco 49ers||7||6.13|
|12||11/27||Los Angeles Rams||25||8.25|
|14||12/11||@Tampa Bay Buccaneers||11||6.50|
|16||12/24||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||11||6.50|
|3 Year Avg||14||9||85||1||4||9.44||14|