Cleveland Browns tight end Austin Hoopes absolutely enjoys playing alongisde his quarterback Baker Mayfield. "It's like any relationship — you've just got to keep working on it and keep understanding each other," Hooper said in an interview on the Jim Rome Show last week.
"Baker, being the guy who's my age and has been at similar points in our lives, it's been awesome. He's a young, hungry guy who wants to work, and it's been awesome and I'm really grateful." Hooper suggested that the Browns could have a faster start to 2021 then they had to 2020.
"With no offseason and everything that led up to training camp, (head coach Kevin) Stefanski definitely had to keep it pretty vanilla until about halfway through the year when we really understood (the schemes)," Hooper said.
"After having the full year where we laid it all out there, this is where we can have some more fun with it and add some wrinkles now that we've built a good foundation together."
Hooper enjoying the offseason
"It's been fun to learn new stuff (under the same playbook)," Hooper said, "and when you think you have it all figured out, it's like, 'No, no no, we have some more stuff to add.
It's been a lot of fun." Hooper acknowledged that the Browns want to win a Super Bowl. "There's no complacency," Hooper said. "We feel like we can compete with any other football team in the league, and it's up to us to put the product on the field and compete our tails off."
Elsewhere, San Francisco tight end George Kittle explained why Jacksonville Jagurs' Tim Tebow wasn't invited to the Tight End University. “So, nothing against Tim Tebow, but I found it hard to invite — I wish nothing but the best for Tim Tebow, and I hope he has a fantastic season playing tight end — but it’s hard for me not to invite a backup tight end on, let’s say the New York Giants, as opposed to inviting a guy who just started playing the tight end position because we do have limited spots,” Kittle said, via David Bonilla of 49erswebzone.com.
“I wish I could make it so every NFL tight end can come, [so] it’s accessible to everybody. But what we tried to do this year, we wanted to pay for everything for all the tight ends that come to kind of make it a special event for all tight ends”.