In this series, I will be going through all 32 teams in the league and bringing forth the most likely player to break out in the 2018 season.
Today we take a look at ‘Matty Ice’ Matt Ryan and the Atlanta Falcons. With big names such as Julio Jones and Devonta Freeman, it’s hard to find a potential under the radar star on this offense.
This series isn’t about the easy picks. I’m going to take an unknown player who has no expectations of being even a starter. I’m talking about the guys who the media doesn’t talk about.
I’m looking for the guys that have the potential to be a star, but haven’t had the opportunity.
For the Atlanta Falcons the answer is Tight End Austin Hooper. Hooper gets more media attention than most guys that will make this list, but he has never really shined. He will be starting his third year in the league.
The 6-foot-4 inch monster of a man just hasn’t been able to get going thus far in the Falcons offense. In his rookie year he managed to pull in 19 catches for 271 yards and 3 touchdowns. Not exactly the type of numbers you would expect out of a TE you draft to be the future number one guy.
He did much better in his second season than his first. He brought in 49 catches for 526 yards and 3 touchdowns. Better, but still not quite what you would expect out of him.
This year the Falcons don’t have WR Taylor Gabriel. This one loss is going to leave an absence that can be filled by Hooper. Julio Jones can’t do everything for Matt Ryan. Hooper is going to be the guy who steps up this year.
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