Falcons QB Matt Ryan excited to work with former South Carolina TE Hayden Hurst
The Atlanta Falcons retooled their offense a bit this offseason. The mainstays like QB Matt Ryan and former Alabama WRs Julio Jones and Calvin Ridley will be back, but other faces will be unfamiliar.
One of those new guys is former South Carolina TE Hayden Hurst, who came over from the Baltimore Ravens this offseason (along with a fourth-round pick) in exchange for a second- and fifth-round pick from Atlanta.
On Tuesday, Ryan spoke about Hurst, saying he’s excited to get to work with the speedy new pass catcher:
Matt Ryan on Hayden Hurst. pic.twitter.com/mFSz0YVQe9
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“I think it’s his speed and athleticism,” Ryan said. “I mean, he is, for sure, one of the fastest and most athletic tight ends that I’ve ever played with. And I’ve been fortunate to play with some really good ones. He’s different from a guy like Austin Hooper. He’s different from a guy like Tony Gonzalez. He’s got a different skill set, but the thing that is unique, or the thing that is similar with those guys, is that he’s a mismatch problem. He’s a problem for the guys that he’s going against. He’s just going to create separation and win in different ways than those guys did.”
Hurst saw Ryan’s comments and said he’s going to give his all for the Falcons in 2020:
I normally keep to myself and work in silence but I’ve got a few things to play for this year, trust me😤. Thanks for believing in me ❄️ & @AtlantaFalcons ‼️ You’ll get everything I have. No doubt. https://t.co/ByULkFiXhQ
— Hayden Hurst (@haydenrhurst) June 9, 2020
Hurst caught 30 passes for 349 yards and 2 touchdowns for the Ravens in 2019.