Hurst thanked Matt Ryan for backing him during a virtual interview session with reporters Tuesday, per the tight end's personal Twitter account.
The Falcons' franchise quarterback lauded Hurst, calling him a "mismatch problem" for opponents. Despite the ongoing pandemic, Hurst stated that he has been driving from his home in Jacksonville, FL to Atlanta in order to hold workout sessions with Ryan, and it appears the two have an instant connection. "I've been incredibly impressed with (Hurst's) work ethic," Ryan said Tuesday. "He fits in well with the group of guys we have." Hurst, a 2018 first-round pick who was buried on the depth chart in Baltimore, could be a profitable fantasy acquisition for 2020. Though he hasn't yet delivered on his lofty draft position, Hurst has an enormous opportunity to produce in Atlanta, where Austin Hooper racked up 146 catches and 10 touchdowns between 2018 and 2019 before departing to Cleveland during free agency.