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 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 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.
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|Bye: Week 6|
|7||10/21/18||@ MIA||1:00 pm|
|9||11/4/18||@ MIN||1:00 pm|
|10||11/11/18||@ CHI||1:00 pm|
|14||12/9/18||@ ARI||4:25 pm|
|15||12/16/18||@ BUF||1:00 pm|
|17||12/30/18||@ GB||1:00 pm|
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