Michael Hoomanawanui

#84 TE / New Orleans Saints / EXP: 8YRS Height: 6-4 Weight: 265 lb Age: 29 College: Illinois Bye 5

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  • Saints' Michael Hoomanawanui: One target
    By RotoWire Staff

    Hoomanawanui was targeted once but did not record a catch in Thursday's loss to the Falcons. Hoomanawanui played 25 of 52 offensive snaps in Atlanta, but the big tight end remains behind starting tight end Josh Hill on the depth chart and is primarily a blocker even when he's in the game. Accordingly, Hoomanawanui can be left on the waiver wire in most leagues.

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  • Hoomanawanui caught one pass on one target for four yards in Sunday's win against the Bills. Although fellow tight end Josh Hill was the nominal starter, Hoomanawanui actually out-snapped Hill, 47-43. That said, the Saints' tight-end trio of Hill, Hoomanawanui and Coby Fleener (17 snaps) combined for just two catches for two yards. A once fruitful position for fantasy owners, the tight end spot in New Orleans can be actively avoided until further notice.

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  • Hoomanawanui caught two passes on three targets for 27 yards, including a two-yard touchdown reception, in Sunday's 52-38 win against the Lions. Hoomanawanui has seen his playing time steadily increase over the last few weeks -- he played 41 of 71 offensive snaps in Week 6 -- but the veteran tight end is still primarily a blocking specialist. With only four catches on the season, Hoomanawaui can be left on the waiver wire in almost all fantasy leagues.

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  • Hoomanawanui (ankle) has been cleared to take part in the Saints' offseason workout program, which begins Monday, Herbie Teope of the New Orleans Times-Picayune reports. The veteran tight end missed the entire 2016 season with a high-ankle injury, which he suffered during the Saints' third preseason game. It appears that having the last seven months off has provided ample recovery time for Hoomanawanui, who logged 11 catches for 79 yards and three touchdowns in his last healthy campaign with the Saints in 2015. He'll likely offer most of his impact as a blocker if he's able to secure a roster spot out of training camp this fall.

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  • Hoomanawanui (ankle) expects to be ready in time for offseason activities, NOLA.com reports. Hoomanawanui missed the entire 2016 season due to a high-ankle sprain that included damage to surrounding ligaments. However, he's been running and jogging for about a month now and -- most importantly -- is setback-free in his recovery. Considering offseason workouts don't start until April, Hoomanawanui's prediction for his return certainly appears plausible.

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