Hurst reeled in four of six targets for 28 yards and a touchdown during Sunday's 44-27 loss to the Buccaneers. Hurst's fourth-quarter TD catch helped reduce Atlanta's deficit to three points with 8:19 to go, as the 27-year-old tight end concluded his 2020 campaign with scores in three straight games. His 56 receptions, 571 receiving yards and six TDs all represent huge increases from previous career highs established during his first two NFL seasons in Baltimore. The Falcons have a decision to make on Hurst's fifth-year option going into the offseason, but it's hard to imagine there's another tight end on the roster capable of making equal contributions as a pass catcher.
Hurst corralled all five of his targets for 47 yards and a touchdown during Sunday's 17-14 loss to the Chiefs. Hurst tallied his second TD in as many games, punching in a score at the 3:35 mark of the second quarter via a Matt Ryan shovel pass. The 27-year-old tight end has shattered career highs across the board, with 52 receptions, 543 receiving yards and five TDs heading into a Week 17 finale against the Buccaneers. Hurst scored against Tampa Bay last Sunday in a 31-27 loss, a not-so-infrequent pattern for tight ends as the Buccaneers have surrendered eight to the position in 2020.
Hurst caught four of five targets for 21 yards and a touchdown during Sunday's 31-27 loss to the Buccaneers. The 27-year-old was held under 25 receiving yards for a third consecutive outing, but his third-quarter TD grab snapped a seven-game scoring drought. Hurst was right near his season average of 5.4 targets per game in Week 15, as Julio Jones (hamstring) sat out a second straight contest. Hurst could be lined up for another solid outing in Week 16, taking on a Chiefs defense that's surrendered the sixth-most receiving yards to opposing tight ends this season.
Hurst secured one of his three targets for seven yards during Sunday's 20-17 loss to the Chargers. After serving as a high-floor fantasy tight end for much of the first half of 2020, Hurst has fallen into a slump over the past quarter of the regular season. The South Carolina standout posted 45.7 receiving yards per game with three total touchdowns Weeks 1 through 9; however, he's been held under 10 receiving yards in three of his past four outings. Hurst has gone seven straight contests without finding the end zone as the Falcons prepare to host Tampa Bay in Week 15.
Hurst (ankle) doesn't have a designation on the final injury report for Sunday's game against the Chargers, William McFadden of the Falcons' official site reports. Hurst was a limited practice participant Wednesday through Friday, never truly appearing in danger of sitting out Sunday. The Saints shut him down twice in the past three weeks, but he should fare better against an inferior defense, and there's potential for a good number of targets with Julio Jones (hamstring) already ruled out.
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