Toilolo logged 22 snaps but was not targeted during Sunday's 30-27 loss to the 49ers. Unlike last week when he earned the most snaps among Lions tight ends, Toilolo took a clear backseat to Luke Willson, who started and logged 40 snaps Sunday. As usual, Toilolo wasn't often used as a receiver when he was on the field, but that's largely been the story of his career to date, and it's unlikely to change anytime soon.
Toilolo secured his only target for seven yards during Monday's 48-17 loss to the Jets. He didn't get the starting nod, but Toilolo ultimately paced all Lions tight ends in snaps -- though he was mostly utilized as an in-line blocker. While Toilolo could continue to log significant playing time, he's only topped 13 receptions in a season once in his five-year career, lending no reason to count on him for fantasy purposes.
The Lions agreed Wednesday with Toilolo on a one-year contract, Jeremy Fowler of ESPN.com reports. A 2013 fourth-round pick, Toilolo has 74 receptions in 79 regular-season games during his five years with the Falcons, primarily serving as an in-line blocker. He should have the inside track to a roster spot in Detroit, where the departures of Eric Ebron and Darren Fells leave the team without a clear receiving threat at tight end. Toilolo won't be the one to fill that role, but his presence as a blocker could allow fellow tight ends Luke Willson and Michael Roberts to focus more of their attention on the passing game. The Lions would be wise to target a pass-catching threat at tight end within the first few rounds of the upcoming draft.
Toilolo will be released by the Falcons, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports. Toilolo signed a three-year, $12 million contract last offseason, but the structure of the deal meant his status with Atlanta was still a year-to-year proposition. The 26-year-old tight end caught 12 passes on 421 offensive snaps in 2017, stuck behind Austin Hooper on the depth chart all season. Toilolo doesn't offer much as a receiver and likely will have to settle for backup work elsewhere.
Toilolo caught one of two targets for 12 yards in Saturday's divisional-round loss to the Eagles. Toilolo had a bigger impact in the real world as a blocker than he did as a fantasy option in 2017, as he finished the year with 12 receptions for 122 yards and one touchdown. He's under contract for two more years, but Austin Hooper is the Falcons' tight end to own of the duo.
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