Hooper caught seven of his 11 targets for 46 yards and a touchdown during Sunday night's 48-37 wild-card win against the Steelers. Hooper notched a seven-yard TD catch with 34 seconds remaining in the second quarter to push Cleveland's lead back to four possessions before the halftime break. Baker Mayfield looked the tight end's way again in a key third-down goal-line situation in the fourth quarter, but Steelers defensive back Terrell Edmunds disrupted the pass to cause an incompletion. After registering just one TD over his first eight games as a Brown, Hooper has scored in four of six appearances heading into a divisional-round matchup against Kansas City. The two-time Pro Bowler has established himself as a go-to guy for Mayfield, with a team-high 11 targets in the wild-card round and a total of 37 passing-game looks since Week 15.
Hooper caught four of five targets for 37 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 24-22 win over Pittsburgh. Hooper, who scored for the third time in five weeks, now has four touchdowns for the season. He's been a big part of the passing attack the last three weeks, catching 17 of 26 targets for 149 yards and two TDs during that span. With the win, the Browns clinched a playoff spot, and Hooper is on a roll leading up to next week's wild-card round playoff game against the Steelers in Pittsburgh.
Hooper caught seven of 15 targets for 71 yards in Sunday's 23-16 loss to the Jets. Hooper caught a ball on the game's first play, foreshadowing his heavy involvement against a Jets defense that has been the league's most generous to opposing tight ends. The veteran tight end led the Browns in targets, catches and receiving yards as the team played without its top four wide receivers due to a late-week COVID-19 outbreak. Hooper's unlikely to find as much success in Week 17 against the stingy Steelers defense, especially if he slides back down in the pecking order due to the return of some sidelined receiving options.
With several receivers landing on the COVID-19 list, Hooper is expected to be a primary target for Sunday's game against the Jets, Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports. Cleveland will be without wideouts Jarvis Landry, Rashard Higgins, KhaDarel Hodge and Donovan Peoples-Jones, all of whom were close contacts of linebacker B.J. Goodson, who tested positive for the virus. The development reduces the number of known targets for quarterback Baker Mayfield, who will throw to a crew of untested wideouts in Marvin Hall, Ja'Marcus Bradley and Derrick Willies. That means known commodities such as Hooper, David Njoku, Harrison Bryant, Kareem Hunt and Nick Chubb will be prominent in the passing attack. Hooper's 50 targets are the most among the group that will be available Sunday.
Hooper (neck) caught five passes (six targets) for 41 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 20-6 win over the Giants. Hooper missed last week's incredible contest against the Ravens with a neck injury, but he was able to get in on the scoring parade -- albeit a little late -- with a touchdown of his own against the Giants. The 26-year-old will resume his role as the team's top tight end, but he has underwhelmed after signing a massive contract with Cleveland this past offseason. That said, Baker Mayfield has elevated his performance in recent weeks, so it wouldn't be surprising to see Hooper heat up as a byproduct down the stretch.
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