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 it seems most likely that Roberts and starter Luke Willson 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 some time 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.
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.
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