Video: New England Patriots’ tight end Austin Hooper speaks about reuniting with Offensive Coordinator Alex Van Pelt.

The New England Patriots’ acquisition of tight end Austin Hooper in the first week of NFL free agency was a move many anticipated, considering his previous work with offensive coordinator Alex Van Pelt. They spent two seasons together in Cleveland from 2020 to 2021, during which Hooper accumulated 84 catches for 780 yards and seven touchdowns across 29 games.

“He’s a really smart guy,” Hooper said of New England’s new play caller when speaking on Thursday. “Is a good energy in the building, and that’s a huge part of it. Most people just think of the three hours you see on Sunday but there’s, as you guys know, there’s many more hours throughout the week where you’re spending a lot of time together. It makes work so much better when you enjoy the people you work with.”

Hooper elaborated: “His style, his approach, his offense, his understanding of his personnel, who he is as a man and as a coach, it’s going to make it really fun to be in the building every day.”

Hooper was selected by the Atlanta Falcons in the third round of the 2016 NFL Draft, has played for Atlanta, Cleveland, Tennessee, and Las Vegas over his eight-year career. He believes that the frequent transitions have aided in his development as a player.