Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports

T.J. Hockenson‘s first NFL season will end early. The No. 8 overall pick suffered an ankle injury that will prompt the Lions to place him on IR, Matt Patricia said Monday.

The Iowa product will wrap up his first season with 32 receptions for 367 yards and two touchdowns. Fellow Big Ten-produced rookie David Blough repeatedly tried to get Hockenson going on Thanksgiving Day, targeting him a season-high 11 times, but that effort ended with six receptions for 18 yards. It was emblematic of Hockenson’s rookie year.

After it looked like Hockenson would buck the trend of rookie tight ends being slow to assimilate to NFL action, he did not contribute too much statistically. More than a third of Hockenson’s yardage numbers came via his six-catch, 131-yard debut against the Cardinals. He did suffer a concussion and a shoulder injury, however. Hockenson still figures to be a key target for Matthew Stafford next season.

Detroit used a first-round pick on a tight end for the third time in 10 years, with Hockenson following Brandon Pettigrew and Eric Ebron. Hockenson joined Noah Fant as Iowa tight ends chosen in Round 1. Considering the leap fellow Iowa product George Kittle made in his second season, more can be expected of the ex-Hawkeyes as NFL sophomores.

This article first appeared on Pro Football Rumors and was syndicated with permission.


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ARZ / 1,377 / 2003
Anquan Boldin
ATL / 959 / 2011
Julio Jones
BAL / 841 / 2011
Torrey Smith
BUF / 982 / 2014
Sammy Watkins
CAR / 1,008 / 2014
Kelvin Benjamin
CHI / 1,124 / 1954
Harlon Hill
CIN / 1,057 / 2011
A.J. Green
CLE / 986 / 1999
Kevin Johnson
DAL / 1,003 / 1965
Bob Hayes
DEN / 980 / 2008
Eddie Royal
DET / 817 / 2004
Roy Williams
GB / 1,231 / 1952
Billy Howton
HOU / 976 / 2003
Andre Johnson
IND / 1,131 / 1986
Bill Brooks
JAX / 865 / 2012
Justin Blackmon
KC / 995 / 2007
Dwayne Bowe
LAC* / 1,046 / 2013
Keenan Allen
LAR* / 924 / 1996
Eddie Kennison
MIA / 883 / 2001
Chris Chambers
MIN / 1,313 / 1998
Randy Moss
NE / 1,132 / 1996
Terry Glenn
NO / 1,137 / 2016
Michael Thomas
NYG / 1,305 / 2014
Odell Beckham Jr.
NYJ / 844 / 1996
Keyshawn Johnson
OAK / 1,070 / 2015
Amari Cooper
PHI / 912 / 2008
DeSean Jackson
PIT / 917 / 2017
JuJu Smith-Schuster
SEA / 1,039 / 1995
Joey Galloway
SF / 927 / 1985
Jerry Rice
TB / 1,193 / 2004
Michael Clayton
TEN* / 1,473 / 1960
Bill Groman
WAS / 926 / 1985
Gary Clark

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