Paul Dehner Jr. of The Athletic believes Cincinnati Bengals tight end Hayden Hurst should be viewed as a sleeper at the position in 2022. He writes that Hurst, who signed with the Bengals this past offseason, "arrived remarkably motivated, still a first-round-pick caliber of athlete and only 28."
Hurst replaces C.J. Uzomah, who departed for the New York Jets in the offseason. Hurst consistently played behind Mark Andrews and Kyle Pitts in Baltimore, never getting a true opportunity to break out. However, he should get that opportunity now. As Dehner notes, "Hurst offers a higher ceiling in the pass game than Uzomah, and the solid numbers Uzomah put up last year should be considered the base of expectations." For reference, Uzomah totaled 49 receptions, 493 yards, and five touchdowns, finishing as the TE17 in standard fantasy leagues. Hurst should be viewed as a late-round sleeper with top-12 tight end upside.