The Atlanta Journal-Constitution's Jason Butt reports Hayden Hurst could see more targets in the Falcons' new offense.
Butt named Hurst, who had 87 targets in 2020, as a player who could benefit from new head coach Arthur Smith's offensive system. Before being hired as the Falcons' head coach, Smith operated one of the NFL's most run-heavy and efficient offenses in Tennessee, utilizing play action as effectively as any offense in the league. Tight ends played a quietly important part in Smith's passing game. In 2020, Jonnu Smith and Anthony Firkser combined for 118 targets, with Smith dominating opponents in the red zone on his way to eight touchdowns. Hurst in his first year with the Falcons saw the ninth most targets among tight ends and ran the fourth most tight end pass routes. The Falcons are likely to throw fewer passes in 2021 under Smith's guidance, but Hurst -- and other Atlanta pass catchers -- could see more quality targets. "With this direction on offense, Hurst’s skill set has a chance to be utilized to its full potential," Butt said. Feb 17 9:38 am (EST)
- Hayden Hurst caught 4-of-6 targets for 28 yards and a touchdown in the Falcons' Week 17 loss to the Buccaneers.
- Hayden Hurst caught 5-of-5 targets for 47 yards and a touchdown in the Falcons' Week 16 loss to the Chiefs.
- Hayden Hurst caught 4-of-5 targets for 21 yards and one touchdown in the Falcons' Week 15 loss to the Bucs. All Hayden Hurst News
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