Toilolo agreed to a contract with the 49ers on Wednesday, Eric Branch of the San Francisco Chronicle reports. Toilolo recorded a career-high 263 yards for the Lions last season and has missed just one game during his six years in the NFL. He's best known for his work as a run blocker, though he offers a bit more pass-catching utility than the typical blocking specialist. This signing might inspire the 49ers to release fellow tight end Garrett Celek, who handled the No. 2 role behind George Kittle in 2018. At the very least, Celek will need to battle Toilolo for snaps in two-TE formations.
Toilolo caught all four of his targets for 43 yards and a touchdown during Sunday's victory in Green Bay. Toilolo snuck free on a fake field-goal attempt to collect a perfect pass from kicker Matt Prater for what marked the tight end's first touchdown as a member of the Lions. The veteran otherwise served as nothing more than a secondary, short-range target for quarterback Matthew Stafford, just like Toilolo has been most of the season. Set to become an unrestricted free agent at the end of the league year, the reliable Toilolo seems like an obvious candidate to be retained by Detroit in the offseason, though the blocking-oriented veteran doesn't carry the athletic upside to approach the 2019 campaign as an exciting fantasy option in any format -- regardless of whether he's the starter or not.
Toilolo secured his only target for 16 yards during Sunday's 27-9 victory over Detroit. Toilolo saw a significantly lighter workload than he has in recent weeks on a day quarterback Matthew Stafford peppered star wideout Kenny Golladay with a gaudy 15 targets. He'll look to rebound in Week 17 against a Packers team that just surrendered six receptions for 82 yards and one touchdown to Jets rookie tight end Chris Herndon this Sunday a week after allowing Bears tight ends to log six receptions for 75 yards and a score in Week 15.
Toilolo secured all four of his targets for 28 yards during Sunday's 14-13 loss to Buffalo. Toilolo had only seen more than one target on one occasion through the first 11 games of the season, but the tight end has averaged over three targets and 48 receiving yards per game over the last three weeks. With Michael Roberts (shoulder) on injured reserve, it's not a stretch to think Toilolo could continue to see consistent looks in the passing game during the final two games of the season.
Toilolo secured both of his targets for 26 yards during Sunday's 17-3 victory over Arizona. Toilolo predictably fell back down to earth in his first showing after catching four of six targets for a career-high 90 yards last week against Los Angeles. Still without a touchdown and just one target in the red zone over 14 games, Toilolo will remain an unattractive fantasy option in Week 15 against the Bills.
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|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|1||09/08||@Tampa Bay Buccaneers||22||7.88|
|6||10/13||@Los Angeles Rams||23||7.89|
|12||11/24||Green Bay Packers||8||5.50|
|14||12/08||@New Orleans Saints||14||6.22|
|16||12/22||Los Angeles Rams||23||7.89|
Red Zone Trends
|3 Year Avg||19||15||216||1||11||14.40||27|