It looks like the Lions got it right with the 8th pick of the draft. T.J. Hockenson looks like he’s going to be an elite, difference-making tight end for a lot of years.

Hockenson caught 6 passes in his first game, and most of them were of the impressive variety. And once the ball is in his hands, he’s got the wheels to rip off chunks of yardage.

He finished with 6 catches for 131 yards and a touchdown in his first game. Since 2000, only 16 other tight ends have gone over 100 yards and scored in the first week of the season.

Only two tight ends have finished with more than 130 yards in a season opening game since 2000, and it’s actually just one guy – Jared Cook, who had big debut games for the Rams and Raiders. Cook will play his first game for the Saints tonight.

Only one other rookie tight end has gone over 100 yards in a Week 1 game since 2000 – Will Dissly, who got loose for a long catch at Denver last year.

2018Jared Cook, Oak.LARL 13-33918020.00
2013Jared Cook, St.L.Ariz.W 27-24714120.12
2019T.J. Hockenson, Ariz.T 27-27613121.81
2017Austin Hooper, Chi.W 23-17212864.01
2005Chris Baker, NYJat K.C.L 7-27712417.71
2004Antonio Gates, Hou.W 27-20812315.40
2018Rob Gronkowski, N.E.Hou.W 27-20712317.61
2019Evan Engram, NYGat Dall.L 17-351111610.51
2007Jason Witten, Dall.NYGW 45-35611619.31
2011Jason Witten, NYJL 24-27611018.30
2013Julius Thomas, Den.Bal.W 49-27511022.02
2015Austin Seferian-Jenkins, T.B.Ten.L 14-42511022.02
2019Mark Andrews, Mia.W 59-10810813.51
2013Jordan Cameron, Clev.Mia.L 10-23910812.01
2007Antonio Gates, S.D.Chi.W 14-3910711.91
2015Travis Kelce, Hou.W 27-20610617.72
2018Will Dissly, Den.L 24-27310535.01
2008Bo Scaife, Ten.Jac.W 17-10610517.50
2011Fred Davis, Was.NYGW 28-14510521.00
2015Tyler Eifert, Oak.W 33-13910411.62
2011Aaron Hernandez, Mia.W 38-24710314.71
2006Heath Miller, Pitt.Mia.W 28-17310133.71

—Ian Allan