This is the fourth of the series, where we be break down each position on the Atlanta Falcons’ roster following the additions made in the 2015 NFL Draft. Today, we look at the tight end position.
So far, we have taken a look at these positional units:
So far, every positional unit we have looked at in this series is a strength for the Falcons. They boast one of the best quarterbacks in the league, a star at receiver and plenty of upcoming talent at running back. Tight end is a little more concerning.
There was a Tony Gonzalez-shaped hole on offense last year, and this is something Dan Quinn and Thomas Dimitroff have addressed this offseason. Jacob Tamme and Tony Moeaki were acquired via free agency, but the position was somewhat surprisingly avoided in the draft.
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Defense was obviously a priority, and maybe they felt there were simply more pressing needs on this football team. Maybe they just didn’t see value in picking up a tight end each time they hit the clock. Or maybe they just weren’t that impressed with the tight end class outside of the opening couple of rounds.
It’s also possible Quinn is satisfied with the pieces already in place and didn’t believe it was necessary to add more.
Gonzalez caught 83 passes for 859 yards and eight touchdowns in his final season. In contrast, the three main tight end options on the Falcons roster this year — Levine Toilolo, Jacob Tamme and Tony Moeaki — combined for 53 receptions, tallying 481 yards and five scores in 2014.
The Falcons will be hoping the position performs better under new offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan. Shanahan likes to utilize tight ends, and he might be able to get the best out of the current crop.
Let’s breakdown the position.
Next: Who will sit atop the depth chart?