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.
Toilolo secured four of six targets for 90 yards during Sunday's 30-16 loss to the Rams.
Toilolo set a new career high in single-game receiving yardage against a Rams defense that came into Sunday allowing the fourth-most yards to tight ends per game in 2018 (68.5). Considering Toilolo only recorded 100 yards on his nine other catches this season, this performance from the typical blocking specialist truly came out of nowhere. If Michael Roberts (shoulder) remains unable to play in Week 14, Toilolo could again see a number of targets down the seam against a Cardinals defense that's allowed only three touchdowns to tight ends this year.
Toilolo caught one pass for 13 yards during Sunday's 20-19 victory over Carolina.
Even with Marvin Jones (knee) and Michael Roberts (shoulder) out of action -- and with the Lions still looking for pass catchers to step up in the wake of Golden Tate's trade to Philly -- Toilolo remained an afterthought in the gameplan. Don't expect that to change in Week 12 against the Bears.
Toilolo was not targeted in the passing game during Sunday's 24-9 loss to the Vikings.
After averaging over 25 offensive snaps per game over the first six games of the season, Toilolo hasn't topped 16 in either of the past two weeks. If the tight end is intentionally being given a diminished workload, the blocking-oriented Toilolo will become even less relevant for fantasy purposes.
Toilolo was targeted once during Sunday's 28-14 loss to Seattle, converting it into a 12-yard gain.
The catch was Toilolo's first since Week 4. There might have been some thought that the statuesque Toilolo could provide a red-zone threat for a Detroit offense without much established talent at tight end, but second-year player Michael Roberts has emerged as the red-zone target. Maybe the departure of receiver Golden Tate, who was traded to Philadelphia on Tuesday, opens things up for the tight ends, but Roberts and starter Luke Willson likely would benefit were that to be the case. A matchup against an improving Vikings pass defense looms Sunday.
Toilolo secured his only two targets for 12 yards during Sunday's 26-24 loss to the Cowboys.
It's clear the Lions value Toilolo for his blocking ability, as the tight end previously went two weeks without a target since catching one pass in the season opener. Unless injuries force him into a bigger receiving role down the line, Toilolo subsequently belongs far away from fantasy lineups in almost all formats.
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.
Toilolo (knee) does not have an injury designation for Saturday's wild-card matchup with the Rams, Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com reports.
Although he has been limited in practice all week, Toilolo did not receive an injury designation for Saturday's game, meaning the tight end should be all set to go. Toilolo averaged over 28 offensive snaps per game during the regular season, but there's no telling if the lingering knee injury will whittle down those numbers.
Toilolo (knee) practiced on a limited basis Tuesday, Kelsey Conway of the Falcons' official site reports.
Toilolo sat out Week 17 with a sprained MCL, so an appearance in the first practice of wild-card prep is a step in the right direction for the reserve tight end. When active this season, he received at least 40 percent of the offensive snaps in 11 of 15 games, but his final stat line (12 catches for 122 yards and one TD on 14 targets) doesn't inspire much confidence in the fantasy realm.
Toilolo (knee) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Panthers, D. Orlando Ledbetter of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.
The sprained MCL that Toilolo suffered in Week 16 will keep him out of the season finale. If the Falcons make the playoffs with a win Sunday, it's unclear if he'll be able to participate in the opening game of the postseason. Eric Saubert will slot into the No. 2 tight end role in Week 17.
Toilolo (knee) didn't practice Thursday, Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com reports.
While Toilolo's back-to-back absences from practice to begin the week aren't encouraging, Falcons head coach Dan Quinn said that the tight end's MCL sprain isn't viewed as a long-term concern, per D. Orlando Ledbetter of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. As a result, Quinn said Toilolo still has a chance at playing in Sunday's regular-season finale against the Panthers, though the 26-year-old will likely have to practice in some capacity Friday in order to have a realistic shot.
Toilolo (knee) won't take part in Wednesday's practice, Kelsey Conway of the Falcons' official site reports.
The backup tight end sustained an MCL sprain in Sunday's loss to the Saints and looks unlikely to play in the regular-season finale against the Panthers. Toilolo will probably need to put in two limited practices or at least one full practice over the next two days to change his outlook on the health front.
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