Carlos Monarrez of the Detroit Free Press wrote Friday about the visible chemistry between Lions QB Matthew Stafford and TE T.J. Hockenson after nearly a year away from their last game action with each other. "Sure, they had gotten some practice during training camp and offseason workouts that Stafford organized," wrote Monarrez. "But no one knew how good their chemistry would be in the season opener, given the major irregularities of the offseason."
“Yeah it was good,” Stafford said Wednesday of his chemistry with Hockenson. “Coach did a nice job drawing up some play to get him some chances and he capitalized on them. His touchdown, he’s probably the most-covered guy on the field. I jammed it in there to him, but it was a nice catch. I was happy for him.”
Stafford and Hockenson opened 2019 with a bang before Hockenson disappeared from the fantasy landscape and Stafford was lost for the season. 2020 started off well and should continue, especially if WR Kenny Golladay continues to miss time. Hockenson will see plenty of extra coverage this Sunday against the Green Bay Packers, but is firmly in the TE1 conversation.