A year after registering 31 catches, Levine Toilolo finds himself in a competition for the starting tight end job in Atlanta. The Falcons brought in Jacob Tamme and Tony Moeaki this offseason, giving the team some options at tight end that they might not have had with Toilolo. The bottom line is that any tight end in Atlanta won't be useful enough on a weekly basis to help Fantasy owners.
The Falcons have been active in changing their tight end depth chart this offseason. While starting tight end Levine Toilolo is still on the roster, Bear Pascoe and Kyle Miller are gone. The Falcons have since added Jacob Tamme, Tony Moeaki, Mickey Shuler Jr. and Beau Gardner to the roster. Toilolo progressed as a blocker in his second season in the NFL in 2014, but he never developed into the red-zone threat the team envisioned. He had just two touchdowns in 16 games. Although, it seems first-year coach Dan Quinn feels the 6-foot-8 Toilolo might have better offensive numbers moving forward. "It's all about pad level for him," Quinn said, per AJC.com. "He's come in, and he's been ready to work. I've been anxiously waiting to see what he can do."
The Falcons announced they've signed tight end Tony Moeaki after earlier announcing the signing of tight end Jacob Tamme. Moeaki, 27, played in six games for the Seahawks last season, catching eight passes for 134 yards and a touchdown. He hasn't made a big impact since 2012, when he had 33 grabs for 453 yards and a touchdown with Kansas City. Moeaki and Tamme join Levine Toilolo in Atlanta's tight end group.
Featured back Steven Jackson was the most procuctive on a short list of minor contributors for the Falcons against Pittsburgh on Sunday. Jackson finished with just 46 yards on 11 carries and added one catch for 11 yards. Also chipping in was running back Devonta Freeman, who managed 21 yards on four attempts and nine yards on one reception. Fellow back Jacquizz Rodgers added three yards on two carries and 12 yards on one catch while tight end Levine Toilolo caught a pass for four yards.
The Falcons backup pass catchers did little Week 13 against the Cardinals. Levine Toilolo managed to haul in four balls, gaining 15 yards. He was the target of a 1 yard score from Matt Ryan in the first quarter. Devin Hester had just one catch, gaining 10 yards. He also gained 4 yards on a rushing attempt. Eric Weems pulled in two balls, but gained just 9 yards. They'll look for more Week 14 against the Packers.
The Falcons received minor contributions from several role players in Week 11 against Carolina. In the running game, Jacquizz Rodgers carried the ball twice for 4 yards and caught three passes for 8 yards. In the passing game, Levine Toilolo caught two of the four passes thrown his way for 23 yards. Patrick DiMarco came down with two receptions for 14 yards.
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|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|1||09/11||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||11||6.50|
|3||09/27||@New Orleans Saints||33||12.38|
|7||10/23||San Diego Chargers||22||8.00|
|8||10/30||Green Bay Packers||21||7.78|
|9||11/04||@Tampa Bay Buccaneers||11||6.50|
|13||12/04||Kansas City Chiefs||5||5.67|
|14||12/11||@Los Angeles Rams||25||8.25|
|15||12/18||San Francisco 49ers||7||6.13|
|17||01/01||New Orleans Saints||33||12.38|
|3 Year Avg||27||16||112||1||7||7.00||17|