Finding a Tight End that you can rely on is hard to do in the NFL. There are the elite Tight Ends in the league and then there are ones that can’t play at a consistent level. Is Hayden Hurst Elite? At this point in time, we can’t make that statement, but the performance that we saw out of Hayden Hurst in this game was outstanding. The 29-year-old did exactly what a Tight End should do in key games, made the plays when he was called on to do so.
Hayden Hurst had five receptions for 59 yards. That is an average of 11.8 yards per reception making it almost a guarantee that when he caught the ball, he was going to get a first down. 59 yards receiving is the most amount of receiving yards he has received this season and it came in the biggest game of the year so far. Putting up those type of numbers for him was going to be hard since the weather wasn’t ideal. However, Joe Burrow trusted his Tight End and Hayden Hurst statistically had his best game of the year and it couldn’t have come at a better time.
When you take a look at the Madden 23 ratings, you will notice that Hayden Hurst has a very low overall rating on only 80. At launch Hurst was a 76 overall, but due to his incredible play all season, he has worked his way up to an 80 overall. At one point this year, during Weeks 12 and 13, Hurst managed to peak at an 81 overall. I think the time has come to give Hayden Hurst at least some sort of a ratings increase to potentially see him as an 82+ overall. He deserved it and he could play a major factor in the upcoming AFC Championship game.