Atlanta Falcons: Grading the offense at Falcons bye week

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Nov 1, 2015; Atlanta, GA, USA; Atlanta Falcons tight end Jacob Tamme (83) celebrates his touchdown catch in the third quarter of their game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at the Georgia Dome. The Buccaneers won 23-20 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Jason Getz-USA TODAY Sports

Tight ends

Weeks 1-4: C-
Weeks 5-9: B-
Overall: C

There’s only really been one tight end producing for the Atlanta Falcons this season, and his name is Jacob Tamme. Tamme has the second highest number of receiving yards on the team behind only Julio Jones, with 38 receptions for 430 yards and one touchdown. He has almost twice as many yards as Roddy White.

Levine Toilolo hasn’t done much this year, which isn’t much of a surprise. He has just six catches for 36 yards on the season. It’s been all about Tamme in this offense.

Tamme’s role has grown in recent weeks, and he’s become a trusted target for Matt Ryan. Kyle Shanahan likes to feature tight ends in his offenses, and Tamme is a clear example of this. He surpassed the 100-yard mark for the first time of the season in the Falcons’ loss to the Buccaneers in Week 8, catching 10 passes for 103 yards and a touchdown.

Outlook: Kyle Shanahan has found a role for Tamme, and he’s becoming an increasingly important piece on offense. While the Falcons need to spread the ball around to the other receivers more often, Tamme needs to be used consistently and maintain his role as a reliable pass-catcher to move the chains.

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