Hoomanawanui possesses the versatility to provide support in both the running game and passing game. He joined New Orleans in Week Four from the New England Patriots, appearing in 12 games for the Saints with eight starts. Over 14 total games, 12 of which came with New Orleans, Hoomanawanui finished with 76 yards and three touchdowns on 11 receptions. Overall, in his career, he has appeared in 73 games with 47 starts, making 51 receptions for 594 yards with seven scoring grabs.
NFL CAREER – Hoomanawanui possesses the versatility to provide support in both the running game and passing game. He joined New Orleans in Week Four from the New England Patriots, appearing in 12 games for the Saints with eight starts. Over 14 total games, 12 of which came with New Orleans, Hoomanawanui finished with 76 yards and three touchdowns on 11 receptions. Overall, in his career, he has appeared in 73 games with 47 starts, making 51 receptions for 594 yards with seven scoring grabs.
CAREER TRANSACTIONS – Re-signed by Saints, 3/10/16; Acquired by Saints from New England, 9/30/15; Re-signed by Patriots to two-year contract, 3/12/14; Re-signed by Patriots to one-year contract, 4/15/13; Signed by Patriots to one-year contract, 9/5/12; Released by Rams, 9/2/12; Signed by Rams to four-year contract, 6/26/10; Selected by St. Louis in fifth round (132nd overall) of 2010 NFL Draft.
2015 – Started the season as a member of the New England Patriots, appearing in each of their first two contests. Acquired by New Orleans through a trade on Sept. 30, and appeared in 12 games on the season for the Black and Gold, including eight starts. Finished the 2015 campaign with 76 receiving yards and three touchdown receptions on 11 catches…Played in Patriots season opener vs. Pittsburgh, Sept. 10, seeing time as blocking tight end in heavy packages…Played and saw time primarily on run downs in second game with Patriots at Buffalo, Sept. 20…After being declared inactive for their week three matchup vs. Jacksonville, Sept. 27, traded to New Orleans in exchange for Akiem Hicks…Inactive vs. Dallas, Oct. 4…Caught a career-high five passes for 31 yards, with a touchdown at Indianapolis, Oct. 25. The touchdown, his first as a Saint, made him the 53rd player to catch a TD from QB Drew Brees and the 38th Saint to catch one from the signal-caller…Started in a two-tight end set and had a one-yard touchdown grab vs. Tennessee, Nov. 8…Made the start as second tight end, making a season-long 19-yard reception vs. Carolina, Dec. 6…Started in a two-tight end set and saw action on special teams vs. Detroit, Dec. 21. Had a rush for 0 yards, his first career carry and returned a kickoff for 16 yards…Caught a 17-yard touchdown vs. Jacksonville, Dec. 27…Started in a two-tight end set and caught a pass for a four-yard gain in the team’s finale at Atlanta, 1/3/16. 2014 – Played in all 16 regular-season games with 12 starts for Patriots and caught three passes for 44 yards (14.7 avg.)...Played in all three postseason games with two starts and totaled six grabs for 53 yards. 2013 – Played in 13 games with 10 starts for New England and caught 12 passes for 136 yards and a TD. Started both playoff contests and caught three passes for 39 yards...Had career-high 57 yards on four receptions (14.3 avg.) vs. New Orleans, Oct. 13. 19-yard gain to convert a third-and-18 in the second quarter was his longest of season...Started in AFC Divisional Playoff vs. Indianapolis, 1/11/14 and caught first career postseason pass for six yards. 2012 – Played in 14 games with six starts for New England, finishing with five receptions for 109 yards (21.8 avg.). Also appeared in backfield at FB in short yardage. Went to training camp with Rams and signed by Patriots at end of preseason. Played in both postseason games, starting one. 2011 – Started eight games and recorded seven catches for 146 yards (20.9 avg.) and three TDs for Rams. Limited to just eight games due to various injuries. 2010 – Played in eight games with three starts and recorded 13 catches for 146 yards and three touchdowns for Rams. Limited to just eight games due to various injuries...Posted then career-highs in catches (four) and yards (44) with one touchdown vs. Atlanta, Nov. 21. Also caught touchdowns at Tampa Bay, Oct. 24 and at Denver, Nov. 28.
COLLEGE – Played in 38 games at Illinois...Enjoyed most prolific season as a junior in 2008, when he finished with 25 catches for 312 yards with two touchdowns, as he earned Honorable Mention All-Big Ten honors (media and coaches)...Scheduled to graduate in 2016 with a Bachelor of Science in Recreation, Sport and Tourism with a Sport Management concentration.
PERSONAL – First-team All-State at TE at Central Catholic (Bloomington, Ill.) HS...Also lettered in basketball during his freshman, sophomore and junior years...Father played college football at Illinois State...Hoomanawanui is a Hawaiian word which means, ‘to be patient’.
Michael Hoomanawanui met with media following today's joint practice with the Patriots in Foxborough, Mass.
Saints quarterback Drew Brees finds Michael Hoomanawanui for 17-yard TD.
Saints quarterback Drew Brees hits Michael Hoomanawanui for 1-yard TD Sunday, Nov. 8 vs. the Tennessee Titans.
New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees finds Michael Hoomanawanui for a 16-yard touchdown vs. the Colts on Sunday, Oct. 25.