"We talk all the time about having to have scorers and having assist men," Smith said. "The tight end position in the last five or six years has been filled by a guy that's a scorer. I think the person that will take that role moving forward will be an assist man and there will be a different skill set.
"Tony is a guy that's had 80-plus catches on average for us, so there's going to be a redistribution of who the ball is going to go to and we've got a couple of guys that we feel really good about at the wide receiver position. ... I think the role that the tight end (will have) is going from the scoring guy to the assist man or the set-up man."
Toilolo had just 11 catches last year behind Gonzalez but two were for touchdowns and the guy is a behemoth at 6-foot-8! But for now it looks like he will be a contributor, not a stat maven along the lines of Gonzalez.
Retired tight end Tony Gonzalez believes the sky's the limit for the
Two of Toilolo's 11 catches last season went for touchdowns.
"I’ve said this before and I’ll say it again: Nobody replaces Tony Gonzalez,’’ Dimitroff said, per ESPN.com. "We’ve been very fortunate to have him on our team the last five years.
"As we continue to build this football team, we’re going to have to make sure that we have the right mix and the right amount of tight ends with blocking ability and tight ends with pass-catching ability. Every year, you’re going to find a unique mix of that talent, both on the free-agent side and the college side. And it’s no different this year.’’
The Falcons' remaining tight ends are
With the playoffs out of the picture for the
"At the end of the year here, we know Levine’s a player that we’re trying to (get more involved)," Koetter said, per ESPN. "Tony [Gonzalez] is not going to be here next year. We know we’re going to try and get Levine some work."
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|4||9/28/14||@ MIN||4:25 pm|
|5||10/5/14||@ NYG||1:00 pm|
|7||10/19/14||@ BAL||1:00 pm|
|Bye: Week 9|
|10||11/9/14||@ TB||1:00 pm|
|11||11/16/14||@ CAR||1:00 pm|
|14||12/8/14||@ GB||8:30 pm|
|16||12/21/14||@ NO||1:00 pm|
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