Hurst (ankle) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against Las Vegas, D. Orlando Ledbetter of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.
Listed as DNP on the first two practice reports this week, Hurst then returned to the field Friday as a limited participant. We may not know for sure until the Falcons release their inactive list approximately 90 minutes prior to the 1 p.m. ET kickoff. If Hurst doesn't end up playing, Luke Stocker and Jaeden Graham likely would split snaps at tight end, with the former mostly a blocker and the latter a better bet to contribute in the passing game.
Hurst (ankle) was listed as a non-participant on Thursday's practice estimate, Will McFadden of the Falcons' official site reports.
Prior to getting blanked on two targets this past Sunday in New Orleans, Hurst notched at least four catches six times in nine games before Atlanta's Week 10 bye. One practice remains before the Falcons potentially give him a designation for a Week 12 contest against the Raiders.
Hurst was absent from Wednesday's practice due to an ankle injury, Will McFadden of the Falcons' official site reports.
Hurst missed the first four games of his rookie season in 2018 due to a stress fracture in his foot, but since then, he's reeled off 40 consecutive appearances (including playoffs). Through 10 contests with Atlanta, he's posted a respectable 37-411-3 line on 56 targets, but it remains to be seen whether he'll be able to add to that Sunday versus the Raiders.
Hurst did not haul in either of his targets during Sunday's 24-9 loss to the Saints.
Hurst had pieced together four consecutive performances of four-plus catches and 54 or more receiving yards entering Sunday. Week 11 represented an absolute dud for the third-year man out of South Carolina, his first game in a Falcons uniform without recording a catch. Despite the down week, Hurst has already established career highs in targets (54), receptions (37), receiving yards (411) and touchdowns (three) heading into a Week 12 matchup against Las Vegas.
Hurst caught seven of a team-high eight targets, accumulating 62 receiving yards during Sunday's 34-27 win against the Broncos.
Calvin Ridley (foot) was unavailable to state his own case, but Hurst commanded more passing-game involvement than at least one Pro Bowl-caliber receiver during Week 9, out-targeting the great Julio Jones by an 8-7 count. It seemed obvious the South Carolina product would see more involvement with the Falcons this season after the team sacrificed a second-round draft choice to acquire him from Baltimore. Regardless of the compensation the Falcons gave up, for fantasy purposes he's already surpassed his previous career highs in receptions, receiving yards and touchdowns with seven games still remaining on the regular-season slate. He's rounded into consistent form of late especially, with four-plus receptions and at least 54 receiving yards in each of his past four outings. Hurst may be earning his keep long term despite general manager Thomas Dimitroff having been relieved of his duties Oct. 11.
Hurst brought in five of seven targets for 54 yards in the Falcons' 25-17 win over the Panthers on Thursday night.
The third-year pro continued to churn out solid numbers Thursday, enjoying an expanded role with Calvin Ridley exiting the game in the second quarter due to an ankle injury. Hurst checked in second to Julio Jones in receptions, receiving yards and targets, and he now has at least Thursday's 54 receiving yards in three straight games, his best stretch of play yet during his first season with Atlanta. Hurst also exactly matched his 2019 totals of 30 receptions and 349 yards in Baltimore with Thursday's production, leaving him poised to establish new career bests in both categories in a Week 9 home interconference affair against the Broncos on Sunday, Nov. 8.
Hurst corralled six of seven targets for 68 receiving yards during Sunday's 23-22 loss to the Lions.
The third-year tight end continues his breakout 2020 campaign, as Hurst's six receptions establish a new single-game career high. He's been a high-floor fantasy option of late, with four-plus receptions and 50-plus receiving yards in three of his past four games, as well as three total TDs before the midway point of the season. An upcoming Thursday night matchup against Carolina provides reason for pause, however, as the Panthers entered the weekend allowing the seventh-fewest receiving yards to opposing tight ends (221).
Hurst caught all four of his targets for 57 receiving yards and a touchdown during Sunday's 40-23 win against the Vikings.
The 27-year-old tight end has been inconsistent from week-to-week, but against the Vikings he enjoyed one of his more prolific outings of 2020. During the odd Weeks -- 1, 3 and 5 -- Hurst has averaged 15.7 receiving yards per game, but in his other three outings, he has amassed 60 receiving yards per game with two total TDs. Week 7 is not likely to be the time when Hurst breaks his every-other-game trend, as the opposing Lions entered Sunday allowing an NFL-low 96 receiving yards to opposing TEs.
Hurst (back) doesn't have an injury designation for Sunday's game at Minnesota.
The Falcons listed a slew of players on their injury report this week, but it appears they'll have all their key skill-position players on offense available Sunday, including WR Julio Jones. It's mostly been a disappointing season for Hurst, who has just one game with double-digit PPR points so far.
Hurst (back) was listed as limited on Thursday's injury report, Will McFadden of the Falcons' official site reports.
Hurst is averaging 5.6 targets and 50.6 offensive snaps per game, but with 6.1 YPT and two touchdowns through five contests, he's been TD-dependent in his performances in his short stint with the Falcons. He's now dealing with a back issue, which may result in a questionable designation for Sunday's contest at Minnesota.
Hurst was a limited participant in Wednesday's practice due to a back issue, Will McFadden of the Falcons' official site reports.
Hurst appears to have picked up the injury in Sunday's loss to the Panthers, during which he only hauled in two of six targets for eight yards. He played a season-high 83 percent of offensive snaps in the contest, so getting the tight end some rest could have factored into Atlanta's decision to limit him in practice. As long as Hurst can upgrade to full participation Thursday or Friday, any concerns about his Week 6 availability will be dispelled.
Hurst caught two of his six targets for eight receiving yards during Sunday's 23-16 loss to Carolina.
The tight end's involvement has remained steady, with five or more targets thrown his way in every game but one this season. Over the past three weeks, however, the production has just not been there, as Hurst has been held under 10 receiving yards on two occasions during that span. Week 6 offers a matchup against a Vikings defense that surrendered its first TE touchdown of the season on Sunday night, allowing a 19-yard TD pass to Seattle's Will Dissly.
Hurst caught four of his six targets for 51 receiving yards during Monday's 30-16 loss to the Packers.
The 2018 first-round draft choice got off to a slow start to his Falcons tenure with three catches and 38 receiving yards in a season-opening loss to Seattle. Between Weeks 2 and 3, Hurst rebounded with touchdown grabs in back-to-back outings, while Monday night he finished as Atlanta's second-leading receiver behind Olamide Zaccheaus. As Todd Gurley remains a non-factor in the passing game with nine total receiving yards through four games and Julio Jones deals with a recurring hamstring injury, Hurst may once again be one of Atlanta's go-to options during a Week 5 matchup against Carolina.
Hurst registered a one-yard touchdown on his only catch during Sunday's 30-26 loss to the Bears.
The 27-year-old has now gone for touchdowns in back-to-back weeks, after totaling just three total TDs across 28 regular-season games in a Ravens uniform. Hurst's fantasy output was salvaged by the score Sunday, as he attracted only three targets against Chicago after tallying 13 combined between Weeks 1 and 2. Hurst will face a Packers defense in Week 4 that has so far held opposing tight ends to 139 total receiving yards with zero TDs.
Hurst caught five of eight targets for 72 receiving yards and a touchdown during Sunday's 40-39 loss to the Cowboys.
Outside of an acrobatic 27-yard catch at the tail end of the first quarter, Hurst's Falcons debut last week against Seattle consisted of little to write home about. Sunday against Dallas, he was heavily involved in the game plan from the jump, as Matt Ryan took a deep shot to Hurst on his second pass attempt of the game before connecting with the tight end on a 42-yard completion two drives later. By the end of the contest, Hurst had finished one yard shy of his career high in receiving (73 yards) from 28 games with the Ravens. Week 3 presents a matchup against a Bears defense that's already surrendered 13 catches, 120 receiving yards and one touchdown to opposing tight ends on the year.
Hurst caught three of five targets for 38 yards during Sunday's 38-25 loss to the Seahawks.
Despite the many reps the third-year tight end received with quarterback Matt Ryan in private workouts this offseason, it may take some time for Hurst to be fully integrated into the Falcons' air attack. He was tied for fourth on the team in targets Week 1, but there existed a clear separation between him and the top three receivers, as Julio Jones, Calvin Ridley and Russell Gage each garnered 12 targets. Week 2 may be Hurst's breakout opportunity, as he will face a Cowboys defense that allowed an NFL-high 104 catches to opposing tight ends during 2019.
Hurst will be an "every-down tight end" for the Falcons this year, Kelsey Conway of the team's official site reports.
The former Pirates minor leaguer may not have made a dramatic offensive impact during his two-year tenure with the Ravens, but now he is expected to see opportunities abound with Austin Hooper and his 97 targets from last season shipping out to Cleveland. Buried behind Mark Andrews on the depth chart in Baltimore, Hurst only recorded 43 catches across 28 appearances. General manager Thomas Dimitroff did, however, invest a second-round draft choice to acquire Hurst, indicating that the Falcons remain fond of his potential.
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.
The Ravens are trading Hurst and a fourth-round pick to the Falcons in exchange for a second-round pick and a fifth-round pick, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
Atlanta completed the trade shortly after reports emerged of Austin Hooper signing a contract with Cleveland. Hurst has shown flashes of his potential since Baltimore drafted him in the first round two years ago, but playing time was hard to come by on a team with Mark Andrews and Nick Boyle at tight end. Hurst should see far more snaps and targets in Atlanta, joining an offense that's regularly among the most pass-heavy in the league. He should immediately slot in atop the depth chart, ahead of Jaeden Graham and Carson Meier.
The Patriots and Jaguars are interested in acquiring Hurst from the Ravens, Eugene Frenette of The Florida Times-Union reports reports.
The 2018 first-round pick reportedly wants an opportunity to catch more passes, after averaging 28.6 offensive snaps and 2.4 targets per game in 2019. He may be underutilized in Baltimore, but Hurst's well-rounded skill set makes him a valuable backup to both Mark Andrews and Nick Boyle in the Ravens' TE-heavy offense. It's a luxury the team can afford for the time being, though an offer of an early draft pick or a starting-caliber defensive player might persuade the Ravens to sacrifice some TE depth for the potential to score a significant upgrade at another position. Jacksonville and New England are obvious fits for any pass-catching tight end that becomes available this offseason.
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