In his rookie year, T.J. Hockenson had an unfortunate ending to his season after sitting out the rest of the schedule with an ankle injury. The tight end finished the year with a modest 32 catches, 367 yards and two touchdowns during his rookie campaign.
Many expected bigger and better things from him after a sizzling start Week 1 against the Cardinals with about one-third of his total catches and receiving yards coming in that game, as well as half of his total touchdowns. Last year was rough for the Cardinals defense overall, but especially against tight ends. It wasn’t just Hockenson lighting them up.
Through two weeks, Hockenson is looking every bit as good as he’s been hyped up to be and has caught every pass thrown his way so far, and that leads us to today’s Question of the Day:
Can T.J. Hockenson repeat last year’s performance against the Cardinals?
My answer: I truly do believe that this could be another huge game for Hockenson. The Cardinals have done well to defend tight ends so far this year only giving up 11 receptions for 84 yards and no touchdowns, but that’s against a very weak Washington Football Team and a 49ers team that saw their star tight end sprain his knee in the first half.
I still do not think the Cardinals have an answer for guarding tight ends. They drafted linebacker Isaiah Simmons in the first round of this year’s draft and although he was basically made for this very role, he’s already shown that he might not be ready for full-time snaps. This is a prime opportunity for the Lions to get Hockenson involved early and often against a questionable Cardinals defense.
Official prediction for Hockenson’s statline:
8 catches, 123 yards, 1 touchdown